- Enrolled students can schedule a counseling appointment one of three ways: by phone, through the online “Request Appointment” button or in person at the front desk on the 2nd floor of the Wellness Center.
- Your request for an appointment can usually be accommodated within one week.
- Counseling appointments are covered by your student fees, no payment is required at the time of your appointment.
- You will receive an email reminder the day of your scheduled appointment.
- Please arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment and proceed to the 2nd floor of the Wellness Center where you will check in at the self-check-in station.
- At your first appointment, you will meet with a counselor, dicuss your current needs and determine next steps and options.
- All communication is held in strict confidence, including the fact that you have an appointment at the Counseling Center. Please read our Notice of Privacy Practices.
Scope of Care
The Mines Counseling Center invites all students to make an initial appointment to meet with one of our counselors and discuss their concerns. During this initial meeting, the counselor, in collaboration with the student, will recommend services within the Counseling Center or the community and assist students in obtaining the appropriate services to meet their needs.
When appropriate, students may be referred to services offered within the Counseling Center. In order to use its resources most effectively, the Counseling Center utilizes a short-term model of therapy to assist students in addressing issues common in a college setting.
Some of the issues that are commonly addressed in short-term counseling at the Counseling Center are as follows:
- Personal Issues: Stress and anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, guilt, low self-esteem, grief.
- Relationship Issues: Romantic relationship difficulties, roommate problems, family issues.
- Developmental Issues: Identity development, adjustment to college, life transitions.
- Academic Concerns: Performance anxiety, perfectionism, low motivation, career indecision.
- Other Issues: Effects of trauma, sexual assault, abuse, body image, healthy lifestyle choices.
Students may also be referred to services other than individual counseling within the Center. Alternate modalities of assistance may include group therapy or an educational workshop on the relevant presenting concern. Such options will be discussed with the student as appropriate.
The Counseling Center provides short term, solution focused counseling. If there are issues that seem amenable to assistance within a brief time frame, they are appropriate to be seen at the Center. If it appears that longer term care or specialized services are indicated, Center staff will assist students in locating referral sources in the community that match their needs.
Students whose needs cannot be accommodated within short-term counseling are referred to community resources. Similarly, students whose needs require a particular type of expertise that is not found in the Center are also referred into the community. The Counseling Center provides referral services either after the initial session or as these factors become more apparent during the course of services.