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Moravian University
Counseling Center

Individual Counseling 

Overview of Individual Counseling

Moravian University Counseling Center provides individual counseling and therapy to current full-time Moravian University students. Individual counseling involves meeting one-on-one with one of our counselors. Students are typically assigned to a counselor that best fits with the student’s schedule, however if both student and counselor schedule allows it, students are able to request a specific counselor. Although there are no limits on the number of sessions students may have, most students’ needs are met with 1 – 8 sessions. Sessions are typically 45-50 minutes and most students will be seen on a weekly or biweekly basis until their concerns are substantially resolved.

What to expect at your first session?

When you first contact the Counseling Center for services, you will typically be scheduled for a 45-50 minute intake session. Please arrive 15 minutes early for this session, as you will need to complete paperwork prior to meeting with your counselor. During this first meeting your counselor will discuss confidentiality and spend time getting to know you and your reasons for seeking counseling. If applicable, your counselor will likely ask questions about any mental health history, family background, and current functioning. Toward the end of the session the counselor and you will discuss the best plan moving forward, which may be continued individual counseling, participation in other clinical services offered, and/or referral to a community based agency

How do I make the most of my counseling experience?

Individual Counseling is most effective when....

  1. You attend your scheduled sessions.
  2. You have a general idea of what you would like to discuss and goals you are working towards.
  3. You are motivated outside of the counseling session, in that your counselor may ask you to try a new behavior, adapt your thinking, better manage your emotional responses, or experiment with a different approach to your concerns. You are encouraged to try and practice these ideas and approaches outside of the counseling session.
  4. You are open and honest with your counselor about your concerns. The thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that produce the most emotion and/or life disturbances, are usually the concerns that need to be discussed. You have certain rights of confidentiality and you are encouraged to discuss these with your counselor if you are unclear about them.

Confidentiality

The APA Code of Ethics and PA state law considers the personal information you discuss in counseling to be confidential, therefore the counseling center strictly protects the confidentiality of information shared during sessions, as well as the attendance to any counseling service.  This means that no record of counseling is made on an academic transcript, and that information regarding your counseling is not released without your written permission to anyone, unless otherwise indicated by law.