Office of Counseling Services

What We Offer

Individual Counseling

Students can meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss their concerns and ways to cope. If a student’s needs would be best met by an off-campus service, referrals will be provided.

Interpersonal Process Group Counseling

Interpersonal process groups are powerful tools for growth and change. In process groups, 5-10 individuals meet face to face to share their struggles and concerns with the facilitation of a trained therapist. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and to learn how they relate to others. Once these groups have formed, they meet confidentially throughout the semester to learn about relationships, self-awareness, identifying emotions, and trust. For the Fall of 2014, groups will be held on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:00 pm and Thursdays form 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Contact Dr. Kylin Lee for further information.

Workshops

Counseling Services offers various workshops for students where they can learn about health and wellness. These workshops are didactic and experiential in nature, and any SU student can attend.

  • Fall 2014 Workshops:
  • Mindfulness - In this 4-week workshop students learn how to center themselves in the present moment in order to better move forward toward the life they want and envision. 
  • Guided Meditation - This is a once weekly open group, which means there is no signing up, just show up, that focuses on relaxation through guided meditation and guided imagery. This group will be held every Wednesday from 12:20 pm to 1 pm.
  • Expressive Arts - This is a once a month experiential workshop for students only involving creativity and exploration. These will be held on September the 18th, October the 9th, and November the 20th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm in the Connie McCombs Ballroom. Please contact Betsy Naylor for more information and registration. See brochure for further details.

Couples Counseling

Improved relationships are the goal when romantic partners join students in counseling.

Outreach

Counseling services provides educational programming, in partnership with other university services, to address topics such as sexual violence, bystander intervention, domestic violence, healthy relationships, alcohol and drug use / abuse, stress management, and life skills. Please refer to our programming list for current programs.

QPR

QPR is a 1 to 2 hour training for anyone interested in learning to help prevent suicide. The training is focused on recognizing the warning signs of people contemplating suicide, learning how to develop an intervention strategy, and how and where to refer a person in need.

Consultation

Students who are concerned about another student can talk with a counselor about how to help that person. Parents who are concerned about their student may consult with Counseling Services about how to best help their student.

Alcohol/Drug Education

Students concerned about their alcohol and/or drug use are welcome to come in. Students placed on judicial probation for campus policy violations can fulfill their education requirements as well.

In compliance with the United States Department of Education, here are links to two specific sections of Southwestern’s current Student Handbook.  The first excerpt from the Student Handbook addresses standards of conduct regarding drug and alcohol possession and use by students. The second excerpt from the Student Handbook addresses applicable legal sanctions under state laws for unlawful possession and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol, as well as a description of the health risks associated with the use of these substances.

Resources

Self-help resources are available to students in the form of brochures, books, biofeedback, and DVDs. Assistance with outside referral resources are also provided.