Frequently Asked Questions
What is counseling?
Berea College Counseling Services attempts to meet the personal and developmental needs of individual students. Professional counselors assist students with difficulties in an unbiased and objective way.
Will there be confidentiality?
All professional counseling services are completely confidential. NO ONE, including parents, relatives, friends, or college staff has access to any information about a student without their consent. The only exceptions are suspected child abuse, threats to harm self or others, emergency hospitalization, or civil law suits when one’s mental state is an issue in the case.
What happens when you talk to a counselor?
The focus is on a student’s feelings, perceptions, and thoughts. The counselor encourages the student to talk about their feelings and experiences. Rather than providing the student with a ready-made answer, a counselor will help them explore their own needs and solutions.
Why should someone go to counseling?
College brings changes, decisions, and often a great deal of stress into a student’s life. Sometimes students find pressures unmanageable or unbearable. During these times almost everyone needs help in making decisions, handling stress, and responding to a variety of needs and experiences including, but not limited too:
- Family & home problems
- Romantic relationships
- Conflict resolution
- Making decisions
- Depression & loneliness
- Sexual concerns
- Alcohol & drug problems
- Academic/exam problems
- Sexual preference issues
- Transitional issues
- Unplanned pregnancy
- Crisis intervention
- Stress management
- Eating disorders
- Rape/incest survivor
Note: There is no fee for counseling services for students.
Where can I go for counseling?
Professional counseling may be scheduled through Berea College Health Service by calling 985-3212. Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns about the counseling process.
What will the initial appointment entail?
The initial appointment will consist of an interview with one of our counselors. During the interview the counselor will be asking questions regarding the student’s needs and concerns. At the end of the interview, the counselor will make suggestions about service(s) most appropriate for assisting the student.
What services are offered?
- Group counseling
- Couple counseling
- Crisis intervention
- Consultation with a psychiatrist or others as needed
- Outreach presentations
- Referrals for psychological assessment
Are there any other programs available for substance abuse?
- AL-ANON is for the loved one of Alcoholics Anonymous members and those who need A.A. The group meets regularly to exchange experiences on the problems of alcoholism. The group increases understanding of the A. A. recovery program. Search www.area26.net for current dates and times of meetings in the area.
- Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problems with alcoholism. Search www.area26.net for current dates and times of meetings in the area.
- Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, hope with each other so that they may solve their common problems with drug addiction. Search www.na.org for current dates and times of meetings in the area.