The services at the Counseling Center are free of charge for
Shepherd University students. The focus is on short term counseling,
although there is no limit on the number of visits. Sessions are
typically 45-50 minutes long. Workshops are scheduled by request.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I COME TO THE COUNSELING CENTER?
Expect to be greeted courteously
Expect your participation to be voluntary unless your initial
meeting results from a judicial or administrative referral.
Expect the staff to make an effort to schedule appointment times
so that waiting is kept to a minimum.
Expect the staff to direct you to the resource information or
resource person you request.
Expect the counselor to answer your questions about his/her
professional experience, training, certification, approach, and
Expect to be involved in a collaborative effort. You will take
an active role in determining the outcome of your experience.
Expect answers to your questions about strategies used and
Expect to use the first meeting to decide if you think the
counselor has the potential to be helpful and trustworthy.
Expect the counselor to ask you questions, listen carefully, and
work to understand you.
Expect the content of individual and group sessions to be kept
confidential. Your records are available to NO ONE without your
consent. In rare circumstances, like the threat of imminent
danger, information can be communicated without a release.