Thinking about getting counseling support? 612-330-1707
With all the challenges that the college years have to offer, most college students report feeling pretty “stressed out” at times. When the stress piles up too much, it can get in the way of daily and academic functioning. Counseling can help you find new ways to cope. Here at the Center for Wellness & Counseling, we believe that it is a sign of intelligence and strength to recognize when you may need help.
Students come to counseling for many different reasons: anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, losses, loneliness, procrastination, family problems, problems with sleep, problems with focus, concerns about eating and body image, sexual and gender identity, coping with micro-aggressions, and more. You don’t have to worry that what you are struggling with “isn’t important” – it is important to us.
Counseling services at CWC are available during fall and spring semester (8am – 4:30pm). During the summer, free or low-cost counseling services are available in the community.
•short-term individual counseling for currently enrolled students during fall and spring semester (up to 10 sessions each academic year)
•after-hours phone counseling for urgent personal concerns
•consultation and referral
•sexual assault support
•consultation to students concerned about a friend’s mental health
•couples counseling (if both partners are Augsburg students)
•limited short-term psychiatric consultation for CWC clients only (after referral by a CWC counselor)
•limited short-term nutritionist consultation for CWC clients only (after referral by a CWC counselor)
The counseling center is staffed by professional counselors and services are confidential. Within ethical and legal guidelines, information shared with a counselor cannot be shared with faculty, staff, or parents without the student’s written consent. For information on limits to confidentiality, see the “CWC Welcome Form” below.
To schedule an appointment with a counselor:
•Call 612-330-1707, or stop by the Center for Wellness & Counseling during office hours 8am-4:30pm (1st floor of Anderson Hall; east door)
•If you leave a phone message, leave some times that we can reach you back
•If you are in crisis and need to see a counselor immediately, let the reception desk know
•Usually you will get an appointment for the same week
The following two forms will be given to you to complete at your first counseling session. If you prefer, you may print them out here and bring them with you to your appointment to save time.
What to expect during your first counseling appointment:
•Please arrive 15 minutes early for your first appointment so you can fill out some paperwork (or, print out the CWC Welcome Form and CWC Personal Information Form online and complete them at home — just don’t forget them when you come in!)
•When you arrive, check in at the front desk, where you will be asked to complete the forms and to fill out a brief behavioral health assessment on an Ipad.
•During your first meeting with your counselor, your counselor will ask you about the concerns that are bringing you in for counseling; you may also be asked for some background information to help your counselor better understand your concerns.
•You and your counselor will talk about your goals for counseling, and whether CWC is the best place for you to get support. In some cases, your counselor may refer to other resources on or off campus.
If you need to cancel an appointment:
Counseling works best when you make a commitment to the process, so we ask that you keep all your scheduled appointments. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call CWC at 612-330-1707 as soon as possible to let us know. Often, if we have enough notice we can fill your appointment with another student in need.
If you cannot keep an appointment, we ask that you call by 4:30pm on the day before your appointment. If you miss an appointment, or do not cancel the day before, the missed/cancelled appointment will be counted as one of your counseling appointments, and will reduce the maximum number of counseling appointments you are eligible for. CWC provides a “grace period” (the first two missed appointments will not be counted against your maximum number). Example: if you miss an appointment without calling the day before to cancel, instead of being eligible for a maximum of 10 counseling appointments for the current year; you will now be eligible for a maximum of 9 counseling appointments (with a grace period for the first two misses, so this would only occur the 3rd time you missed an appointment).