Personal Counseling

You are not Alone!

When you need an objective, caring listener who is knowledgeable about a wide range of human concerns, the Counseling Center is the place to go. Successful relationships, careers and personal satisfaction frequently emerge from the solutions to life problems addressed in college.

Length of counseling varies--we place a emphasis on time-limited, developmentally-oriented therapy directed at helping students succeed in the university environment. Longer-term services are available as staffing expertise and resources allow. We will also assist in making referrals to off-campus professionals when specialized or longer-term services are needed.

Individual & Couples Counseling
Groups
Crisis Intervention
Confidentiality
What students say about us
Where to find Academic and Career Counseling

Individual & Couples Counseling

Students seek help for a variety of personal issues. Some of the most common are:

  • Self-esteem and identity
  • Relationships (family, friends, significant others)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Grief
  • Eating Disorders & Body Image Concerns
  • Substance Abuse (including alcohol/drug abuse and tobacco cessation)

If you are interested in participating in personal counseling, you simply need to call or stop by 410 Bowman Hall to schedule an appointment. You'll be asked to complete some preliminary paper work and scheduled to attend the first available triage appointment--usually within 1-2 days. The triage appointment involves a brief assessment of your concerns in order to match you with a counselor based on your personal preferences and staff expertise and availability.

If you are not sure whether the Counseling Center is the place to go, contact us and we can assess it together. We will do our best to find the best place to meet your needs.

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions, and What Students Say about their counseling experience with us. 


SPRING/SUMMER 2012 GROUPS

Sometimes it's helpful to work through personal problems with other people who are facing the same issues. The Counseling Center will sponsor or co-sponsor special-topic groups as the need arises. If you have an idea for a group, please give us a call at 232-2468.



Behavior Change Group


What:
An open group tailored to individuals who are looking to make a change in any type of behavior (i.e. AOD, study habits, exercise, nutrition, sleep, and relationships). First Session will be on an individual basis, followed by 4-weekly group sessions.

When:
Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Begins - June 21, 2012
Ends - August 2, 2012

**Note: Group will not be held on July 5, 2012**

Where:
425 Bowman Hall

Contact:
Jake Bloom at bloomja@uwstout.edu  or  Erin Johnson at johnsone4082@my.uwstout.edu

For a printable copy of this group information, please click here.



Break Up Group

Break Up group supports students going through or contemplating a break up. The group is open to men and women, to those that have ended relationships and those that have had the relationship ended for them.   Discussion topics included: leaving controlling relationships, staying broken-up, managing communication, managing family, loneliness, moving on and self-care.  Contact Amy Nord, norda@uwstout.edu for more information.

Wednesdays
Time - 4:45 pm
425 Bowman Hall



Open Door (LGBTQ Discussion and Support Group)

Open Door is a safe, confidential space where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning students can share stories, participate in discussions, and bring questions, concerns, or struggles to the table in an atmosphere of understanding, support and community. 

If you identify as LGBTQ, we invite you to walk through our open door and join us Mondays from 5:00-6:15pm starting 10/04 in the White Pine room, 110 Memorial Student Center. 

For questions/information, contact Julie Miller, LGBTQ Program Coordinator: 715-232-5622 or millerjul@uwstout.edu



Crisis Intervention

For emergencies regarding student safety and well-being, including suicidal thoughts or attempts, threats to other persons and sexual assault, we will do everything we can to respond in a timely fashion. If you are experiencing a personal crisis, see Emergency/After-Hours Assistance.


Confidentiality

All counseling records are kept confidential, and are not part of university records. With rare exceptions, no information is released to anyone outside the Counseling Center, including other university offices, faculty, staff, or parents without written consent. Exceptions to confidentiality include life-threatening situations (i.e., when someone is deemed to be an imminent danger to harm themselves or others; or in cases of suspected child abuse) or appropriate court order. In these cases, Counselors may disclose information to protect a client or others from harm, or to comply with legal mandates. Counseling Center staff members may share information with each other for the purposes of consultation and training.


What Students Say About Us

The Counseling Center has a good reputation on campus! During any given year, approximately 500 students seek counseling at the Center. On average, each student attends 5-6 counseling sessions. The table below summarizes ratings of several counselor characteristics that were included on a satisfaction survey completed by student clients after the fall and spring semesters. It is clear that clients experienced their counselors in a very positive light overall, giving them an average rating of 4.6 on a 5 point scale (from “poor” to “excellent”).

Ratings of Counselor Characteristics

Item 08/09 07/08 06/07 05/06
Respect and acceptance 4.7 4.6 4.8 4.7
Caring and supportiveness 4.7 4.6 4.7 4.7
Understanding of concerns 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.5
Knowledge/competence 4.7 4.6 4.7 4.6
Support of decision-making 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.6
Helpfulness in clarifying/reaching goals 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
Sensitivity to individual differences 4.6 4.6 4.5 4.6

We also ask students to tell us how counseling was helpful to them. The table below summarizes the percentage of students who marked "agree" or "strongly agree" in each category.

Client ratings of specific improvements

As a result of Counseling I have been able to…. 08/09 07/08 06/07
Make improvements on the specific issues for which I sought counseling 88% NA NA
Understand myself better 88% 82% 85%
Make more effective decisions 82% 73% 79%
Cope better with mental health symptoms (depression, anxiety, eating, alcohol abuse) 81% NA NA
Manage stress more effectively 77% 74% 74%
Live a healthier lifestyle in at least one area (sleep, diet, exercise, AOD use) 77% 70% 73%
Improve my relationships 74% 73% 75%
Focus better on studies 67% 60% 61%

Narrative comments were also quite positive overall. A few examples are listed below.
  • “Great services. I love the proactive approach that my counselor took.”
  • “The Counseling Center helped me through some hard times and for that I am thankful. I have seen counselors at other facilities in the past and [my counselor here] was much better.”
  • “Even when I came in for an emergency session, while my counselor was unavailable, they fit me in immediately and had me talk to someone else.”
  • “As an RA I have had an excellent experience at the Counseling Center, and I have recommended and gotten a few friends to seek help there also.”
  • “I felt that the counselor I was placed with was a great fit for me and what I want to get out of counseling. I was able to be very open and honest with him and the advice and support I was given was really great.”

Finally, 90% of students who have completed the satisfaction survey in the past few years rated the overall quality of service as “very good” or “excellent, and 95% agreed or strongly agreed that they would return in the future, if needed and would recommend the Counseling Center to a friend.


Where to find Academic & Career Counseling

Specialized services and resources for academic and career-related concerns are available through the UW-Stout Advisement Center. There you can talk to professional advisors about such things as making schedule changes, academic program changes, transfer decisions, and withdrawing from UW-Stout. You can also take interest assessments and consult with someone about exploring different majors and careers.

Additionally, Career Services provides assistance with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and finding jobs, co-ops, and internships.

Making the Most of Counseling

  1. Attend all of your scheduled counseling sessions, or let your counselor know if you have to miss.
  2. Honestly and openly voice your thoughts and feelings in counseling.
  3. Between sessions, think through the concerns you are addressing in counseling.
  4. Complete your counseling homework assignments.
  5. Experiment with new and positive ways of doing things and thinking about things.
  6. Give your counselor feedback about how counseling is going.