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Counseling Services

Individual Counseling
Individual appointments are approximately 50 minutes in length. All currently enrolled Wofford College students are eligible for services. We make every effort to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. After your first appointment, your counselor will assist you in scheduling additional appointments. The actual number of counseling visits is determined individually.  If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please contact Counseling Services at extension 4371 or 4373 at least 24 hours in advance. If you repeatedly schedule appointments and do not show up for them, we may not be able to provide services to you. Emergency appointments are available to students who may be experiencing a crisis situation. Emergencies during office hours are handled immediately. In case of an evening or weekend crisis, call Campus Safety at extension 4911. Campus Safety will contact the appropriate staff member to assist you.
 
Relationship Counseling
Communication can often be problematic between two individuals. Relationship counseling will explore communication styles between roommates, friends, hall mates, or couples.
 
Time-Limited Psychotherapy Groups
These groups are for students of all ages that are interested in participating in an effective method of promoting change and growth.  These groups are particularly recommended for individuals who are motivated for change, willing to share their perceptions with others, and open to receiving feedback.  The group will focus on identifying each person’s interpersonal style and understanding how that impacts other people.  Goals for the groups include the following: increasing self-awareness, an opportunity to experiment with new behaviors, learning from others, and obtaining support and encouragement. 
 
Structured psycho-educational groups 
The groups described below are offered as needs become apparent. Please contact Counseling Services for more information.

- Depression Management Group
- Anxiety Management Group

These groups are for individuals who are experiencing feelings of depression/sadness or anxiety in their life.  These groups will be educational in nature, aimed at providing important information that is useful for understanding and managing depression/ anxiety.  The students in the group will determine length of time and details of meeting logistics.  Sessions will cover the symptoms of depression or anxiety, treatment options available including medications, and coping skills for dealing with depression or anxiety.

Programs and workshops for campus groups 
Counseling Services sponsors workshops and groups in personal growth areas that are of interest to Wofford students. Workshops are offered for one session, usually 1-2 hours in duration, while groups are scheduled for two or more sessions. These can organized at the request of students, faculty and / or staff.  
 
Risk Reduction Program
The Risk Reduction Program is designed to assist students who are having problems with alcohol and other drugs.  
The most important way that we can assist students is to provide information to enable students to make informed and responsible decisions about their consumption of alcohol and use of other drugs.
 
Accurate information about alcohol and other drugs is of foremost importance. We will provide the most accurate and up-to-date information on alcohol, other drugs, their use, and the consequences of their use. While some of the information may be seem scary, it is not communicated as a scare tactic to keep students away from alcohol and other drugs. Research has been fairly consistent in finding that scare tactics do not accomplish what is intended. However, accurate information is necessary in order to expect responsible students to make informed decisions. 

What is an Alcohol or Other Drug Problem?
Individual problems are defined by your own assessment of the negative or self-defeating consequences of your alcohol or other drug use. You define the nature of a problem for yourself. How much or how often you use alcohol or another drug is not always the key issue in defining whether your consumption of alcohol or other drugs is a problem. However, with high frequency of use and large amounts of alcohol or other drug use can come the increased likelihood that you will have to confront a consequence(s) that you would not typically choose.  We can assist you with tools that can help you get back on track with your life and what you want to accomplish.
 
Referral to Counseling Network
The Counseling Network is a pre-approved list of local counselors who are also available to see students. The counselors on the Network offer a variety of expertise and diverse backgrounds. More information on these counselors is available by contacting Counseling Services at extensions 4371 or 4373.