Counseling is a confidential process designed to help you address your concerns, come to a greater understanding of yourself, and learn effective personal and interpersonal coping strategies. It involves a relationship between you and a professional therapist who has the desire and willingness to help you accomplish your individual goals. Counseling involves sharing sensitive, personal, and private information that may at times be distressing. During the course of counseling, there may be periods of increased anxiety or confusion. While the process of counseling may be difficult at times; the outcome is usually positive.
We provide a variety of counseling services:
- Couples (both members of the couple must be USF students)
- Group counseling
- Crisis intervention
- Psycho-educational information
- Employee Assistance Program
Students will be seen by a staff therapist for their initial appointment. The student and therapist will then collaboratively determine which of these services will best fit the student’s individual needs. Generally, we provide episodic care and individuals may be referred to community services if deemed most appropriate to their situation. Our therapy staff consists of full time licensed clinical practitioners and post -doctoral fellows, in addition to doctoral level practicum students.
Individual and couples therapy appointments are generally 45-50 minutes and are typically scheduled once per week at a time you and your therapist agree upon. If you are 20 minutes late for an appointment, you will not be seen that day, but, you are welcome to reschedule.
In your first session you will be oriented to what therapy will entail and how your therapist will assist you. You should evaluate this information and whether you feel comfortable working with your therapist. You have the right to discuss the rationale for any aspect of your treatment or to decline any part of treatment. You also have the right to request another therapist, only after discussing your concerns with your current therapist to explore why things may not be working out. However, you are under no obligation to do so.
When appropriate, referral to our consulting psychiatrist is made through one of the staff therapists. Services provided by the psychiatrist include medication evaluation and management, diagnosis, and treatment planning. In order to be seen by the psychiatrist, you must be enrolled in continuous individual psychotherapy. After an appointment is made with the psychiatrist, if you do not show for two appointments, you are no longer eligible for further psychiatric services. We will be happy to refer you elsewhere if you would like to do so.