Why Students Come to the Counseling Center:
- Academic problems
- AJA@LSTC referral
- Anxiety, stress
- Uncertainty about the future
- Relationship problems
- Career indecision
- Low self-confidence
- Self-defeating behaviors/substance abuse
Students come to the Counseling Center for a variety of reasons, including those listed above. Other reasons may have to do with stress, relationship problems, life purpose and direction, eating concerns, low self-confidence, sexual identity, decision making, family conflicts, self-defeating behaviors, abuse, trauma, etc.
Counseling can be an opportunity to talk about issues that are of concern to you with an objective person who can help you develop skills and view situations in ways that may enable you to be more effective in managing life's challenges down the road. Below is a list from the University of Buffalo Counseling Center of commonly shared reasons why a student might want to make use of a college Counseling Center.
- The Counseling Center is a place to benefit from professional, experienced helpers.
- Counselors are non-judgmental, objective helpers.
- Counselors try to make you comfortable in talking-- they understand and help you with your initial anxiety.
- Counseling in the Counseling Center involves the concerns and problems of normal students.
- Fact-- lots of students are using the Counseling Center's services.
- Initiating and remaining in counseling is voluntary.
- All counseling is confidential. No information is released to anyone without written consent. The rare exception is when information is revealed about current or future harm to self or others.