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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would someone seek counseling?

Counseling Services provides psychological support to students who are experiencing emotional difficulties during their time at Columbia College Chicago. There are many reasons why a student may seek counseling.  Some common reasons include students experiencing depression, anxiety, difficulties with relationships (peer, romantic, and family), poor self-esteem, grief, and academic stress.

What is a phone consultation?

Your first contact with Counseling Services will be a 15 minute phone consultation with a licensed clinician. Phone consultations take place Monday through Friday. During the brief phone consultation, a therapist will gather information to quickly assess urgency and risk, in addition to matching services based on your needs. The therapist will discuss treatment options and resources available based upon information gathered during the consultation.

What happens at the first session?

The first session at Counseling Services is called an Intake Assessment.  For this initial appointment, you will be asked to arrive 15-20 minutes early in order to complete paperwork. During the intake assessment, information will be gathered about you and your concerns and time will also be spent discussing expectations of therapy and course of treatment.

Why did I receive a referral?

You may be given a referral to a service provider in the community who may specialize in the area you have identified as an area of concern. The therapy process is based upon a consistent therapeutic relationship and in certain circumstances, a community referral will best meet your counseling needs.

What do therapists do?

A therapist will provide a safe place for you to express your thoughts and feelings, while working towards your counseling goals. Each session is designed to be "your time" and you determine what areas are explored based on your concerns. Your therapist will assist you in exploring alternative points of view and in identifying potential patterns and goals.