GUIDELINES FOR ON-CAMPUS COUNSELING
Scheduling Appointments – Handling Emergencies
If you are new to on-campus counseling, please fill out the 4 intake forms on the table to the left of the reception window in Scheide Hall. When returning to on-campus counseling you need to update some of the forms. Appointments are made by email or phone. If you are in a crisis during the day come right to Scheide Hall. At night, please call a security officer at: 609-273-9727 or 9726 and an administrator from the psychological crisis team will help you.
Fees, Number of Sessions, & Cancellation Policy
The first two sessions are free and focus on assessment, referrals, or emergency management. If on-campus counseling continues, a fee of $10 applies, increasing to $15 at session #11 and $25 at #20. To ensure greater access to on campus resources, referrals will be provided if counseling should continue beyond 25-30 sessions or longer than a year. The Director of Student Counseling, Nancy Schongalla-Bowman will offer a referral if someone would be better served at Trinity Counseling Service or through the SHBP Specialty Counseling Network. She also makes referrals for wellness life coaching, spiritual direction, groups, and seminars. Student accounts are charged $15 with less than 24 hours’ notice of cancellation except for illness and emergencies. This policy encourages good stewardship of everyone’s time and discourages forgetting! While termination of counseling is best done collaboratively, one can withdraw from treatment at any time without consequence. No one will be denied services for lack of funds.
Punctuality and Protocol
If you arrive early, please make yourself comfortable in the waiting area. If you are meeting with the Director of Student Counseling and her door is closed at the time your session is to begin, please knock to let her know you are there, and wait, as she may be on the phone. We value your time and try to be punctual. However, on occasion a session will need to start a few minutes late or be rescheduled due to an emergency. We will give as much notice as possible of such changes. Most sessions last 45 – 50 minutes.
What You Can Expect from Counseling
Counseling provides a safe setting in which to explore many things including emotions, needs, hopes, wounds, strengths, experiences, challenges, relationships, issues of faith and call, etc. Initially, the healing process may bring discomfort as one reconsiders experiences and tries new behavior. Self-understanding, efficacy, resilience, and a sense of abundance increase through the resolution or integration of feelings, issues, and patterns which have limited one’s joy, flexibility, or positive relationships, including one’s relationship with God. Because therapy is a collaborative process it is important to address anything that hinders the deepening of trust in the therapist-client relationship. Shared wisdom, non-judgment, curiosity, motivation, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit are among many elements that contribute to a positive counseling experience.
Information shared in counseling is confidential. However, in the rare event that injury to self or to others is an “imminent danger,” therapists take appropriate steps to ensure safety, which may require breaking confidence. In non-emergencies, if you would like your therapist to speak with another therapist, a psychiatrist, or a PTS administrator, you must sign a release of information form. Referrals to off-campus therapists include a release to facilitate a good therapeutic match.