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Individual Therapy

*Visit the Appointments  page to access the UCC’s Individual Therapy services.*

Clients come to the UCC for a wide range of reasons, hoping to feel and function better. In individual counseling, a client meets one-on-one with a therapist, during which they determine goals for their work together. Session length, duration, and frequency vary and are determined by treatment goals. As the student makes progress in making use of their therapy to gain a sense of mastery over problems arising in their daily life, they and their therapist may agree to meet less frequently and/or for shorter sessions.

In order to use its resources most effectively, the UCC utilizes a short-term model of therapy to assist students in addressing issues common in a university setting. Short-term therapy is focused on helping students to resolve or effectively manage specific challenges, or to make a desired change. It is solutions-focused with an emphasis on direct and active interventions to assist a student in achieving specific goals. Short-term therapy promotes a collaborative relationship between the provider and the student. Since challenges vary from student to student, the length of short-term therapy also varies; it is based on goals set by the provider and student as well as an ongoing clinical assessment of the effectiveness of treatment.

Some of the issues that are commonly addressed in short-term psychotherapy at the UCC are:

  • Personal issues: anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief, body image, disordered eating
  • Relationship issues: partners, roommates, family
  • Developmental issues: adjustment, transitions, acculturation, identity issues
  • Academic concerns: motivation, performance anxiety, perfectionism
  • Other issues: trauma, assault, alcohol and other drugs

Some students may seek long-term, weekly psychotherapy; the Office of Student Care Coordination can facilitate the identification of an individual therapist in the community to provide the student with a higher frequency of individual therapy.

In most cases, your initial appointment will be scheduled within two weeks of your meeting with the Office of Student Care Coordination. Once scheduled, please be on time for individual therapy appointments. If you are more than 10 minutes late, your appointment may have to be rescheduled.

If you feel that you are in crisis, the UCC has professional staff on call during our business hours available to help you immediately. We also have UCC staff members on call nights and weekends for emergencies. Please visit UCC Crisis Care Counseling for more information.