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" document on our Forms page.
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:
- Academic concerns (test anxiety, motivation difficulties, career decisions)
- Adjustment to college (or other new situations)
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Crisis management
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- Relationships with friends, roommates, significant others, parents
- Sexual abuse/assault
- Stress management
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 our list of 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:
- Body image/eating disorders
- Culture shock
- Drug and alcohol issues
- How to help a friend
- Sensitivity to individual differences
- Stress management
- Test anxiety
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.