Counseling Center

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.

Support Groups
  • Students of Color Support Group- This is a space for students of color at SU to find community and support each other. This is a drop-in group so feel to come and go as needed. Free lunch is provided for those who RSVP here. Facilitated by Purna Bajekal (Counselor) and Santiago Rocha (Health Educator).
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.

  • Meditation Mondays- This is a once weekly drop-in group that focuses on relaxation through guided meditation and guided imagery. This group will be held every Monday virtually from 4 pm to 4:30 pm. Email Purna Bajekal for more information.
  • ADHD and Executive Functioning - This is a 4-session workshop for students. Join Dr. Rachel McNally (Psychologist) and Jen Smull (Assistant Director of Academic Success) to learn tips and techniques to get and stay organized in your classes, learn study skills, deal with procrastination, and develop effective communication with professors. Email Dr. Rachel McNally or Jen Smull for more information.
  • Skills Groups - The Counseling Center is excited to introduce a new series of psycho-educational workshops. These workshops are designed to teach skills to boost resilience, improve performance, and reduce stress. These groups are open to all students, with no appointment necessary. Email Santiago Rocha (Health Educator) for more information. A calendar of these groups is available on our main page (https://www.southwestern.edu/counseling-center/).
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. Contact Dr. Rachel McNally for further information.

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. 

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. 

In compliance with the United States Department of Education, here is a link to Southwestern’s current Student Handbook.  Please refer to Section VIII: University Policies (pgs 42 - 51) of the Student Handbook for standards of conduct regarding drug and alcohol possession and use by students. This link, to the University’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy webpage, 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 books, workbooks, Youtube videos, podcasts, and social media accounts to follow. Assistance with outside referral resources are also provided.