|How does counseling work?|
The initial session includes paperwork (contact information, consent forms, etc.) and a meeting with a counselor to collect background information about each situation and concern. Counselors work with students to determine the best action plan for individual needs. Some students meet only once or twice to consult about a situational concern. For others, ongoing individual counseling sessions may be appropriate. If a specialist is needed, students are referred to practitioners from a large network of community resources.
Is counseling confidential?
Yes. We are required by professional ethical standards to protect clients’ confidentiality. Except for certain rare legal situations, all information is confidential and cannot be released to anyone without the student’s written consent.
How can I help someone who is in distress?
- Be honest and express your concern.
- Listen and offer emotional support and patience.
- Show that you believe and understand what is being said.
- Ask directly about thoughts of suicide.
- Link him or her to a professional who can help.
- Offer to accompany the individual to C&DS – then call to let us know you’re bringing someone.
- Stay with the person until help is arranged.
- If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to a hospital emergency room.
Jennifer Shannon, Coordinator
713-525-2169 or 6953
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