The counseling staff is dedicated to providing students with a safe environment where they can openly address their concerns and increase their self-awareness while empowering them to deal with challenging areas in their lives. Counseling is a process that can help people identify more effective strategies both to cope with difficult situations and to achieve their goals. While some people who seek counseling have chronic emotional difficulties, most are dealing with typical life events and are merely in need of an objective listener - someone who doesn't judge and who can help them see new options.
Personal counseling is basically a collaborative effort between you and your counselor. Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you. To schedule a first appointment, called an initial consultation, call our office at (402) 844-7261.
Anyone can benefit from counseling. Listed are some common concerns which bring students to counseling:
- Symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression
- College adjustment issues such as homesickness, academic problems, and long-distance relationships
- Interpersonal difficulties, including roommate conflicts, family problems, romantic relationship concerns, problems with assertiveness, and other issues
- Bereavement and grief related to the loss of a loved one (such as relationship breakups, deaths, parental divorce, or other major losses)
- Questions/confusion about identity, self-image, sexuality, gender, or religious concerns
- Concerns about body image, food, eating, or weight
- Experience with sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, abuse, or other trauma
- Thoughts of suicide, death, or hurting others
- Behaviors that can be harmful to you, like drug or alcohol abuse or cutting
Counseling might be beneficial in numerous situations; however there are some conditions in which it is strongly recommended that you seek counseling services:
- You are unhappy on most days or feel a sense of hopelessness
- You worry excessively or are constantly on edge
- You are unable to concentrate on your schoolwork or other activities
- You are unable to sleep at night or constantly feel tired
- You have experienced a change in your appetite or your weight
- You have experienced a loss (i.e. a relationship breakup, a parent's death)
- You have increased your use of alcohol or other drugs (including cigarettes)
- You feel overwhelmed by what is going on in your life
- You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else
Any current student enrolled in six credit hours or more is eligible to receive our services.
Our counseling services are short-term and time-limited. As part of the initial interview, you will be asked to complete paperwork which will help us get to know you.
You and your counselor will work together to decide how frequently and for how long a period it is necessary to meet. In some cases, students are referred to providers outside of Northeast. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis and is determined by the appropriateness of time-limited treatment for your individual situation, our expertise in treating your particular problem, the availability of staff and other resources, and other factors.
Counseling services are provided by licensed social workers and professional counselors.
Any information you share during your appointment will be treated with the strictest confidentiality as allowed by law. In accordance with ethical and legal standards, this information will not be disclosed to anyone without your written consent, except in very specific circumstances as required by law.
Counseling records are entirely separate from your academic record.
When you call or stop by, you will be offered the first available appointment that matches your schedule. This first session, an initial consultation, will usually be scheduled within a few days to a week or so. (Please note that if you are in need of immediate help, inform our staff so that we can connect you to the appropriate resources immediately.) When you have your first appointment, you will be asked your name, phone number, and whether you have used Northeast's counseling services in the past. The total time period required for the initial consultation or intake appointment is approximately 70 minutes, so be sure to keep this in mind when scheduling your appointment.
It is essential that you arrive promptly for your first appointment in order to allow sufficient time to complete the necessary paperwork. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your first appointment, you will be asked to reschedule. The initial paperwork includes a demographic and clinical history form, consent to treatment, and a confidentiality form. Once you have completed all of the paperwork, you will be asked to have a seat in our waiting room.
The purpose of this first session is for your intake counselor to obtain in formation about your current concerns, relevant history, and goals. Your counselor should also review relevant policies and procedures, such as confidentiality. At the end of the appointment, you and your intake counselor will determine an appropriate course of action. This plan might include subsequent sessions, participation in a group or class, referral to an off-campus provider to better meet your needs, or any one of our other many services.
You may decide to take no further action at that time - you are not obligated to continue counseling once you've attended an initial session.
If you and your counselor decide that individual counseling through Northeast 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 45-minute sessions, usually every 1 to 2 weeks for a specified period of time.
Early on, you will work with your counselor to set goals for your counseling sessions. Establishing clear goals will provide direction as well as help you to monitor your progress in counseling. If you have an questions or concerns about the counseling process, don't hesitate to bring these up with your counselor, who will be pleased to discuss them with you. 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.
Call the front desk at (402) 844-7261 as soon as possible after you become aware that you cannot come to your appointment. You can leave a message on the voicemail if you are calling outside of business hours.
Define your goals
Think about what you would like to get out of counseling. It might be helpful to write a list of events, relationship issues, or feelings that you think are contributing to your distress. take time before each session to consider your expectations for that session. Self-exploration and change involve hard work, and sometimes painful feelings are stirred up in the process of healing. Counselors are trained to pay close attention to these issues and will probably encourage you to discuss these feelings openly.
Be an active participant
This is your counseling experience, so be as active as you can in deciding how to use the time. Be honest with the counselor and give him or her feedback about how you see the session progressing.
Be patient with yourself
Growth takes time, effort, and patience. All of your coping skills, behavior patterns, and self-perceptions have been learned and reinforced over a long period of time, so change can be difficult and slow at times.
Ask questions about the counseling process, any methods used by the counselor, or about any other services at Northeast. Your counselor is there to assist you.
Follow your counselors recommendations
Take the time between sessions to complete any activities suggested by your counselor. Counseling is intended to improve your life in the "real world", so making efforts to try out and practice new behaviors, approaches, or ways of thinking could be a crucial element to the success of your counseling experience.