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Frequently Asked Questions about Counseling

» What will happen at my first appointment?
» Why would a student seek counseling?
» What is meant by confidentiality?
» Are there any exceptions to confidentiality?
» Will records be kept?
» My professor suggested that I meet with a counselor on campus because I have been feeling overwhelmed lately.  Can the professor force me into counseling?
» Are there any charges for the use of Counseling Services?
» There are times when I prefer to communicate by email.  Would email be acceptable?
» Is Counseling Services open during the summer and winter break?
» I have been seeing a counselor at home. Now I am living on campus and unable to drive home weekly to continue treatment.  Would I be able to meet with a counselor on campus?
» What if I am concerned about a friend?
» Which campus should students contact for counseling?


Q: What will happen at my first appointment?

At the first session, you and your counselor will begin the process of getting to know each other, discuss your concerns, and clarify your goals.  Your counselor will ask you a number of questions about you and your background in order to fully understand your needs.  Together, you will decide on goals for counseling and whether any other resources would be helpful.


Q: Why would a student seek counseling?

Students seek counseling for many different reasons.  Some may be in distress over academic problems, family issues, or a relationship. Others may want to learn how to deal with stress more effectively, minimize their anxiety, or develop more self-esteem.
The following is only a partial list of reasons that students seek counseling:

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Dealing with a roommate or relationship conflict
  • Managing stress more effectively
  • Problems with food, nutrition, or body image
  • Improving sleep
  • Healing from sexual abuse or relationship violence
  • Dealing with the loss of a parent, grandparent, or other loved one
  • Difficulty handling anger
  • Improving academic performance
  • Coping with depression

There are other reasons as well. Sometimes just making the transition to college from a structured academic experience can be difficult. Resident students may grapple with academic and social choices without the guidance of a trusted parent.  Commuter students may find it difficult to be part of the college community without living in the community.  Non-traditional students may have difficulty balancing the demands of work, classes, and family.


Q: What is meant by confidentiality?

All counseling sessions are confidential.  Counselors follow strict ethical and legal guidelines regarding confidentiality and do not release any information to faculty, staff, or families without written consent from the student.


Q: Are there any exceptions to confidentiality?

The only exceptions that may require counselors to disclose information are the following:

  • The counselor believes the student is in danger of harming him/herself or others.
  • The counselor becomes aware of suspected child or elder abuse.
  • The counselor is ordered by a court.


Q: Will records be kept?

Yes.  Records are maintained separately in locked files and are never part of the student’s academic record or transcript.  Only counseling staff members have access to these records.


Q: My professor suggested that I meet with a counselor on campus because I have been feeling overwhelmed lately.  Can the professor force me into counseling?

No one can force a student to engage in counseling. A student has to be open to the counseling process and willing to work on issues for counseling to be successful. We would suggest that you meet with a counselor once to determine for yourself whether counseling would be helpful.


Q: Are there any charges for the use of Counseling Services?

Becker College Counseling Services are free for full-time Becker College students.


Q: There are times when I prefer to communicate by email.  Would email be acceptable?

Building an empathic counseling relationship is best done in person. If you feel more comfortable making the initial contact through email or sending a brief update after a session, you can do so. But counseling is usually not successful by email.

In addition, email is not a confidential means of communication. And it should never be used as a means of communicating an emergency; your counselor may not be able to read or respond to your email immediately.


Q: Is Counseling Services open during the summer and winter break?

No.  If a student needs to continue in counseling during the summer or winter break, we will refer the student to a counselor near their home and then work collaboratively with the counselor to provide continuity of services.


Q: I have been seeing a counselor at home. Now I am living on campus and unable to drive home weekly to continue treatment.  Would I be able to meet with a counselor on campus?

One of our counselors would meet with you and usually would have you sign a release so we can speak with your former counselor.  This is done so we can coordinate treatment and provide you with continuity of care.


Q: What if I am concerned about a friend?

Call Counseling Services for a consultation.  Many students seek counseling because they have concerns about the well-being of a friend or roommate.  The counselor will discuss your concerns and provide you with options to help your friend.


Q: Which campus should students contact for counseling?

Generally students contact the campus counselor where they reside or where their academic program is based. For example, nursing students would contact the Worcester Campus office; veterinary science students would contact the Leicester Campus office.

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