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  1. WHAT IS COUNSELING?What Can I Expect?

  2. The decision to begin counseling is an important one. Clients have reported both a greater level of comfort and more favorable results when they understand what to expect from the counseling process.

  3. What Can I Expect In The First Session?

  4. The first counseling session is called an Intake and is designed to obtain relevant background information and to identify the specific concerns that led you to seek counseling. At the conclusion of the Intake, the counselor will discuss appropriate Counseling Center resources and any other recommendations for assisting you in resolving your concerns. Recommendations may include referrals to workshops,group counseling, psychiatric consultation, or to other campus and off-campus services.

  5. Myths about Counseling:

  6. Counseling is something that is misunderstood by many people. These are some common myths about counseling:

  7. MYTH 1: Counseling is only for people who have serious emotional problems.

  8. FACT: While counseling does help those with who have a crisis or emotional problems, it is also intended for: Couples who want a stronger relationship, or are contemplating a commitment or marriage. Individuals who have difficulty with self-esteem, communication, or assertion. Individuals having academic problems, or experiencing test anxiety. Students having difficulty with time and stress management. Students trying to adjust to their new surroundings.

  9. MYTH 2: Seeking counseling is a sign of personal weakness.

  10. FACT: It takes courage to explore sensitive feelings and painful experiences. Individuals who seek counseling are taking the first step in resolving their difficulties.

  11. MYTH 3: The counselor will tell you what to do and how to "fix" your problems.

  12. FACT: Counseling is not a "quick fix" cure to your problems. The counselor is there to help you explore your feelings, thoughts, and concerns, to examine your options, and to assist you in achieving your goals.

  13. MYTH 4: The counselor cannot understand you unless he/she has had similar experiences or is of the same background.

  14. FACT: Counselors are trained to be sensitive to and respectful of individual differences, including the specific concerns of students with regard to gender, racial/ethnic, cultural, religious, age, sexual preference/orientation, and socioeconomic issues.

  15. Successful counseling is a joint process requiring your motivation and active involvement. The more actively involved you are, the more effective counseling will be for you.

  16. The Counseling Center is located in Student Services (SVC) 2124 and open 8-5:00 PM Monday through Friday. All services are confidential.

  17. University of South Florida