Student FAQ's

1. What Can You Expect From Therapy
The Counseling Center recognizes that each person is unique.  As such, the issues addressed and the approaches used for each individual will be tailored through your work with your therapist.  This is a collaborative, professional relationship with the focus on your concerns.  Initially, your therapist will work with you to identify and assess your needs.  Your therapist will often focus on gathering information on the current issues you present, and looking at historical data, if it is appropriate.  Your therapist will help clarify your reasons and goals for entering into therapy.  Once this is done, your therapist will work with you to determine the best therapeutic approach to help you meet these goals.

There are many approaches to help you move towards growth and problem-resolution.  Often therapists will provide you with opportunities to learn new skills and coping mechanisms while also increasing your self-understanding and insight.  Therapists may also examine past patterns to help you assess in a healthier way your current/past relationships, decision-making, and family dynamics.  With the help of your therapist, you will better understand your strengths and abilities to manage life challenges which can be very important in achieving your therapy goals. (

2. How long are the sessions?
Sessions usually run for an hour.

3. How many times will I need to come? 
The duration of sessions, whether personal, academic, and/or career counseling, are based solely on the individual and their specific needs. 

4. How private is my file and information?
All information during counseling is held in the strictest confidence. Information cannot be released to anyone unless authorized by the student or mandated by law. There are legal mandates to report imminent danger to self or others and abuse to children and elders. A court ordered subpoena can in some instances require release of records to the court.

5. Can I have a copy of my file?
No. Due to the confidential information in the files, it is advised that a copy not be made, in case of any accidental placement of the information. 

6. Will I be labeled because I am in counseling?
Absolutely Not! Many students who use our services are interested in their personal growth and adjustment to the world around them. Many students face normal developmental concerns and academic pressures while at the university. A student may want to improve his/her skills in many areas. Some students can use some help in finding a major or career that is a good fit for them. At times students may feel acute anxiety, anger, sadness or depression. Counseling can be helpful to students with these feelings. As with any other group of people, a certain portion of the student population has difficulties of a more serious nature. At times, more intensive therapy and/or medication may be appropriate

7. Can I bring a person into the session who is not a student?
Unless the student has special needs requested and needs assistance, it is not advised to bring in a third party due to the pertinent and private information that will be divulge during the sessions.

8. What assessments or tests does the Counseling Service offer?
Due to the different needs from each student, there are different assessments that will assist in gathering the information necessary for the students.

9. What can I expect during my first visit at the counseling center?
When you arrive you will be asked to fill out a few confidential forms that request personal information, demographic information and a checklist of what you feel your concerns are. From time-to-time some additional information is requested. You will also be given a 'Consent for Counseling' Services form that you will be asked to read and sign.
Your counselor will be informed that you have arrived and you will meet privately in his/her office. You and your counselor will spend your appointment time figuring out what kind of services make the most sense for you and what support will help you reach your goals and help you be a successful student at TAMUK.

10. If I seek counseling, will it become a part of my university records?
No. Nothing which occurs at the Counseling Center becomes a part of your university record.

11. Do I have to schedule an appointment or can I just walk in and see a counselor?
We request that you make an appointment in advance unless it is an emergency.

12. Can I get a referral to a counselor in the community?
The professional staff of the Counseling Center will be happy to provide you with community treatment resources if you prefer to seek counseling outside the university.

This page was last updated on: March 19, 2018