The Counseling Process | AUM

The Counseling Process

The Counseling Process

Individual Counseling

Counseling and Health Promotion Services provides individual counseling to students. This service is free and lasts approximately 50 minutes. Depending on the needs, students generally attend counseling for 8 to 10 sessions.

Students attend counseling for many common treatment concerns such as:

  • College related stressors and challenges
  • Behavioral, emotional, and cognitive impairments
  • Testing/performance anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Transitional and adaptive challenges
  • Crisis intervention and prevention
  • Disturbing and harmful behaviors or gestures to self and/or others
  • Prevention and intervention of suicidal ideation
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender related issues and concerns
  • Domestic and dating violence
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Mood disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief
  • Sexual assault

Individual counseling is a process in which a counselor facilitates a helping relationship in order to prevent and/or remedy problems, thereby enhancing personal growth.

If you and your counselor decide that individual counseling through CHPS is the best course of action for you, then you will be given the opportunity to schedule a follow-up appointment. Typically, you will meet with your counselor for 50-minute sessions, usually every 1 to 2 weeks for a specified period of time depending on availability and need.

From the beginning, you will work with your counselor to set goals for your counseling sessions. This will give you direction as well as help you to monitor your progress in counseling. However, the exact direction of your counseling experience will depend on the issues you bring into counseling, your counselor's perspective, and the goals you set for your work together. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the counseling process, please do no hesitate to discuss these with your counselor.

Group Counseling

Counseling and Health Promotion Services also provides group counseling to students on a number of topics. Groups provide a caring context in which you can talk with other students who share your concerns or experiences. A group can be a wonderful source of feedback, support, and creative ideas for how to cope with challenges. All groups are led by CHPS counselors and/or student counselor interns.

Group counseling is offered every semester. A CHPS counselor can help you determine your eligibility for group counseling and your alternatives if there is not a suitable on-campus group.

If you are interested in participating in a group, please contact us. If you have ideas for a group that would interest you, please let us know!


Students who need more long-term counseling services in order to focus on more intensive psychological needs may be referred to community resources. Students are responsible for the cost of these off-campus services. Referrals will be made with students’ needs in mind and the counselor will follow-up with the student to ensure that a successful referral was made.