Individual counseling is a safe, confidential place where you can slow down, think out loud, get support and start finding solutions during a difficult time.
- Learn new ways to manage stress
- Get a fresh, new perspective
- Learn better coping strategies
- Get connected with resources to help you with your concerns
- And much more
These services are offered at no charge to students who have paid the University Program and Facilities Fee.
What to Expect
- First, know that it is OK to feel nervous about your first appointment. Our staff understand that it’s hard to talk to someone you don’t know about your personal concerns. Rest assured that we will make the counseling environment as comfortable as possible for you
- When your appointment is scheduled, you will be assigned a questionnaire to complete either online or in paper form. This questionnaire should be done, before you arrive for your appointment
- When you arrive for your first appointment, check in at front desk on level two of Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center at 550 N. 19th St. Plan to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to fill out any necessary paperwork
- In your first appointment, your counselor will ask you to describe why you came for counseling. This may include questions about different parts of your life in order to get to know you more and understand how the problem fits into and/or affects other areas of your life. Don’t worry— the counselor can take the lead in this part of the conversation and help you explain why you are there
- The better you can communicate your worries or needs to your counselor, the better your counselor will be able to respond to your concerns. Remember, your counselor is your partner in understanding and working on your problem. If there is something you want your counselor to know, but he or she hasn’t asked yet, feel free to offer the information. If you have questions or concerns about counseling or another issue, it’s important to ask
- At the end of your first session, the counselor will ask you or help you develop goals for counseling. This ensures you and your counselor are on the same page and understand what you want to accomplish during your Counseling and Psychological Services experience
How to Get the Most out of Your Counseling Experience
Show up to your appointments. We can’t help you if you’re not here. If you put time into getting help, it will pay off.
Identify what you need. Think about what you want to discuss and what feedback or help you want. The clearer you communicate what you need, the better our counselors can help you. Not sure? Don’t worry! Your counselor will help you focus on key issues.
Commit to getting help and making changes. Studying, socializing and having fun is important, but don’t forget to make yourself a priority, too. Commit time to learn about yourself and make positive changes in your life.
Assess your progress. Let your counselor know how it’s going. Tell them what’s helping and what isn’t. Be honest. Your feedback helps us serve you better.
Take it with you. You counselor may suggest some strategies for you to try, write about, think about, etc. in between your sessions. Make it a priority to follow those suggestions. If needed, ask your counselor to write down or give you a handout about your goals, insights, learning, etc. Take time after your session, preferably the same day, to consider what was discussed. Reflecting gives you a chance to absorb what you learn.