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Counseling Frequently Asked Questions:

What is counseling?
The American Counseling Association defines counseling as "a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals".


Who can use counseling?
Students who want support to clarify emotions or problems, are struggling with daily pressures, are feeling overwhelmed or are experiencing difficulty in interpersonal relationships or life transitions.


What can I discuss with my counselor?
Students discuss numerous topics that are troubling or confusing including but not limited to:

  • relationship issues
  • stress
  • academic difficulties
  • grief and loss
  • self-esteem issues
  • confusion about goals
  • sexuality
  • eating issues
  • perfectionism
  • transition difficulties
  • substance abuse referrals
  • emotional distress:
    anger, loneliness, sadness
 

Sometimes students have general feelings of being "anxious," "depressed" or "unmotivated," and need help to clarify those feelings and develop strategies for dealing with them.


How can Counseling help me?
Everyone needs to talk to a counselor at some point. College students often have an increased need because of the stresses that come with the college experience. Worry, anxiety, loneliness, confusion and feeling overwhelmed are common reactions to the transition to college. Add to that the academic demands, meeting new people, worrying about fitting in, managing other people's expectations and the financial responsibilities and the journey although exciting becomes very challenging. It's time to reach out and make an appointment at the first sign that problems or concerns are interfering with your daily life.


If I need counseling does that mean there's something wrong with me?
Not at all. Change is difficult. . . even good change. Starting college, starting a relationship, transferring schools, living on your own, living with roommates...all are changes that are part of life but are also difficult adjustments. It's helpful during life transitions to reach out for support from a trained and neutral professional that can help you gain perspective and develop strategies to deal with your changing world.


Is there a fee?
Counseling services are provided free to students.


Is counseling confidential?
Counseling sessions are private and confidential except where there's a concern that the student might harm him/herself or someone else or in the event of a court order. Other than those exceptions no person, within or outside the college, including parents and spouses can obtain knowledge of contact with a counselor or information about issues discussed without the student's written consent.


Do I need an appointment to see a counselor?
Drop-ins are welcome but appointments are recommended. Counselors are available Monday through Friday on the West Windsor campus and Tuesday mornings on the James Kerney campus. You may schedule an appointment by calling, emailing or by stopping by Counseling Services.


Who is the licensed counselor?
Dorothy Gasparro Ed.S., LPC, NCC
Senior Counselor
SC239 or KC208
609.570.3354
gasparrd@mccc.edu