At the University Counseling Center you will find a team of dedicated professionals who strive to offer the best care possible in an atmosphere of caring respect. We offer our services in accordance with the legal limits of confidentiality prescribed by the state of Mississippi and with the direction of the codes of ethics of the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, and National Association of Social Workers. No record of counseling is contained in any academic, educational, or personnel file. No information written or oral will be released to other persons without the client’s written permission. By law, limitations of confidentiality include when there is risk of imminent harm to the student or others.
Individual Counseling and Therapy –
What is individual counseling?
In individual counseling, you have the full attention of one of our counselors in an one-on-one atmosphere of understanding, warmth, and insight. The goal of counseling is to help clients take more effective control of their lives. Some of the types of personal issues addressed include: college adjustment, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, substance abuse, eating disorders, grief/loss issues, family problems.
Can I trust that counseling will be confidential?
We are ethically and legally committed to confidentiality at the UCC. This means that even your attendance in counseling is kept private and confidential. Exceptions to this general rule include if you request (by means of a signed release) that your counselor may reveal information to other individuals or agencies of your choice and in instances where there is imminent danger of serious harm to yourself or others.
Who would be my counselor?
At your first appointment, you will see a counselor for an intake interview. If individual counseling is recommended, you will be assigned to one of our staff counselors after your intake. Our counselors include full time staff counselors, interns , and graduate assistant students in counseling or clinical psychology.
How long do I need to wait until I can see a counselor?
The UCC is committed to schedule you for counseling sessions as soon as possible. However, sometimes students’ schedules have limited times available, and this can lead to short waiting periods after the initial intake interview. When a counselor is assigned, you will receive an email instructing you to contact the UCC at your earliest convenience to schedule a session.
Group Counseling and Therapy – Support groups and therapy groups are offered as a means of helping students gain greater self-awareness, interpersonal sensitivity, and skill-building in a safe environment. Depending on need and interest, group offerings might include: eating disorders, substance abuse, relationship issues, parenting issues, assertiveness, self-esteem, adjusting to college life, etc. Click here to learn more about the groups currently being offered.
Crisis Intervention – The University Counseling Center offers a variety of crisis services, including triage crisis services during business hours and an after-hours crisis helpline.
After office hours, please contact UPD at 662-915-7234 and ask to speak with the on-call counselor. They will take a number where you can be reached and the on-call counselor will call you back immediately. You DO NOT have to file a police report or take any official police action to speak with a counselor.
During office hours we request that, when possible, you make an appointment. This allow us to serve you better. In the case of an emergency during office hours, triage services are provided at the University Counseling Center without an appointment Monday through Friday, 10:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (with the last appointment arriving no later than 4:15 p.m.) Please tell the receptionist that you would like to be seen for a triage consultation. You will meet with a counselor to determine the next level of service needed.
Consultation – Faculty, staff or students are encouraged to consult with a Counseling Center professional staff member on a variety of issues including how to make a referral and how to respond to a student or colleague that you are concerned about.
Employee Assistance Program or EAP is a service developed for all University employees and faculty. The purpose of the EAP is to provide information, counseling or other services to employees who may be experiencing difficulties which disrupt day-to-day functioning. Click here to learn more about the services available. Learn more…
Outreach – At the University Counseling Center we seek to reach out to the campus community in a variety of ways. Click here to learn more about the programs currently being offered.