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Your First Visit

Coming to the Counseling Center

What to expect?

Patrons of the King University Counseling Center can expect the same treatment they would get if they were to seek counseling from a private agency in the community.

  • The building itself is isolated so patrons can come and go with more privacy.
  • The office manager and office personnel are all trained regarding HIPPA regulations about confidentiality.
  • The clinical director is a licensed and seasoned professional who came to King University from a private practice in the Chicago area and maintains a private practice currently.

What about fees?

  • Counseling services are free to students but because of a high demand for service, a $10 fee will be required for failed appointments.
  • If a student is referred to a service agency outside of King University then the student will be responsible for the fees incurred there. For example, if a student were referred to a physician for medication.

What happens in an appointment/session?

  • Sessions are scheduled by appointment. The staff of the counseling center stays on a strict schedule so their client can expect to be seen at his/her scheduled time.
  • Patrons can expect to be asked what they want to accomplish at the beginning of each session. It is perfectly acceptable if the patron just wants to talk, but he/she can ask for more than that as well.

How to get the most from counseling?

People who get the most from counseling have a goal and they are invested in reaching it. These folks know what they want from the process and they think about it between appointments. Because they have clarity about their goal they also notice more aspects about their struggle to reach it and they tend to be very open and honest with the counselor about how they themselves impact the pursuit of their goal.

Conversely, waiting for the counselor to fix you is a great way to ensure that counseling is ineffective.

What is an acceptable counseling goal?

The best goals will be clearly in focus, attainable, small enough to be reached in a reasonable amount of time, and large enough to be meaningful. Examples:

  • To raise self-esteem
  • To develop a new strategy
  • To understand an emotional or relational confusion
  • To have support getting through a rough time (maybe after a loss)
  • To better cope with an unchangeable circumstance
  • To develop or enhance a virtue
  • To overcome a habit
  • To increase self-understanding and awareness
  • To improve a relationship
  • To satisfy curiosity about the counseling process