Counseling Center Services

Initial Assessment of Needs & Goals

In your first visit, your counselor will help you address immediate problems and develop a treatment plan. You and your counselor will collaboratively determine what further sources of help will be most useful, whether they are available through Health & Counseling Services or in the community. For more information, please refer to the "Understanding Campus and Community Counseling Services" (PDF) document.

Brief Individual Counseling

Brief individual counseling typically ranges from 1-12 sessions. The goal of brief psychotherapy is to increase self-awareness, resolve problems, and learn adaptive coping skills that may be used in the future.
Individual counseling is available for a variety of issues including, but not limited to:

  • adjustment to college (or other new situations)
  • crisis management
  • stress management
  • anxiety, depression and anger
  • chemical dependency
  • academic concerns (test anxiety, motivation difficulties, career decisions)
  • relationships with friends, roommates, significant others, parents
  • eating disorders
  • sexuality
  • self esteem
  • grief and loss
  • sexual abuse/assault
  • alcohol and substance abuse

Couples Counseling

Couples counseling can provide a safe atmosphere for couples to examine and improve their relationship.

Group Counseling

Group counseling may be offered throughout the academic year on various topics. The group milieu provides an opportunity to share experiences, obtain peer support, and gain/practice new skills. View a list of our current therapy groups.

Outreach & Consultation

The counseling staff is available to consult with students, faculty and staff on a variety of issues related to their roles in helping and working with other members of the Goucher College community. Programs can be scheduled for residence halls, academic classrooms, wellness classes and student organizations. Areas of interest might include:

  • sexuality
  • test anxiety
  • stress management
  • culture shock
  • how to help a friend
  • drug and alcohol issues
  • body image/eating disorders
  • sensitivity to individual differences

If you have a particular interest that is not listed, ask!


Psychiatry services are actually provided by the Health Center. However, all students must make an appointment with the Counseling Center prior to seeing a psychiatrist. For more information, view our psychiatry policies.

Frequently Asked Questions

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