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Health Center: Counseling Issues
College is a challenging and exciting time in your life. It can also be a time of feeling overwhelmed, lonely, and distraught. Nobody gets through college without dealing with some difficult emotional challenges. At the UHC, we believe that your emotional and spiritual growth is as important as your academic achievements. The ability to ask for help in these situations is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of bravery and a step in the right direction toward learning to advocate for yourself during challenging times. Some common reasons for making an appointment with a counselor include:
- Feeling lonely, homesick, and/or isolated or feeling like you don’t know who you are.
- Feeling judgmental and critical toward yourself and becoming your own worst critic.
- Feeling overwhelmed by academics and the pressure of making decisions about the future.
- Feeling stressed out and unable to find healthy balance between school, friends, and other obligations.
- Feeling worried about everything (school, friends, family, the future, money, etc.) and unable to stop or control the worry thoughts.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Feeling stressed out and wanting to hide from your life by avoiding homework, class, interactions with friends, or asking for help.
- Trouble in relationships with parents, friends, roommates, partners, coaches, advisors, or professors.
- Difficulty stopping a behavior that is harmful to you, like abusing drugs and alcohol, withdrawing into yourself and becoming isolated, hurting yourself physically, or engaging in disordered eating.
The links to the left list more specific mental health concerns for which students often seek treatment at the
Many of the common struggles listed above are a “normal” part of the college experience, and everyone faces these kinds of issues at one time or another. When you schedule an appointment with a counselor, you can ask for help with:
- Learning to better understand yourself and your reactions to events in your life.
- Learning to problem-solve difficult issues and know where to go to get the help you need.
- Learning to be more balanced in your life and to cultivate patience and compassion with your own shortcomings.
- Learning to manage or change behaviors that may provide short-term relief, only to create more problems later on.
- Learning to express your emotions effectively so that you feel good about yourself and so that other people understand what you need and feel invested in helping you.
- Learning to control worry thoughts when they seem to be running your life and preventing you from being able to enjoy the good things that come your way.
- Learning to be more effective in relationships, including learning how to ask for what you want and say no without seeming too needy or too mean/selfish.
- Learning to face into difficult situations that make you anxious like: meeting new people, speaking up in class, taking tests, or communicating with professors.
Individual appointments are available to students at no charge.
Office HoursMonday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
To schedule an appointment with a health care or mental health provider, please call
After hours advice nurse: 1-800-607-5501.
For on campus medical emergencies, dial Campus Safety at x4444.
For off campus medical emergencies, dial 911.