Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions that students often have…

What is counseling?

Counseling is very simple. It is time spent with a specially-trained, nonjudgmental person who meets with you in a comfortable atmosphere where you can feel accepted no matter what you bring into the office. It is a time to share with someone who is trained to help you take a look at your life or situation in a new way. Each counselor is different and each student is different. Reasons for coming to counseling are as varied as the differences in people who come to counseling. If you feel uncertain about whether counseling is for you, we encourage you to make an appointment and meet with one of our counselors to discuss your hesitations. There is no obligation to continue. Most students report that counseling has been helpful to them. Counseling is often about knowing you are not alone.

Who can receive counseling at EMU?

All undergraduate students and graduate students (note: graduates students must have paid the student service fee) can access short term counseling at no charge. If you need more sessions, you and your counselor will discuss your options of community referral or continuing on at EMU for $20 per session.

Don’t crazy people go to counseling?

NO! This is a common misconception! Many of our students seek counseling. We are here to help you with all of the normal concerns that college students experience. This is a time of your life when you are not only adjusting to academic requirements and meeting all kinds of new people, but a crucial time when you are figuring out who you are and what you want for your life. Counselors understand this.

Who will know about me going to the counseling center?

Counseling is confidential. We understand that this is a small campus and it can seem like everyone knows everything! So please be assured that except as required by law (*risk of harm to self or others), counselors do not disclose information to anyone without written consent by the student. That means even the fact that you are being seen by the counselor is considered confidential. What you tell your friends and family is your choice.

*If a student is at risk of harm to themselves or others, the counselor will work with you on contacting whatever resource or person needed to keep you safe. Remember the goal here is safety, not talking about all of your personal issues.

If I need to talk about one of the topics in the community lifestyle commitment, will they report me?

The confidentiality you can expect is for these topics also. So… if you want to talk about alcohol, drugs, sex, or any other hot topic – it is okay! Counselors will always be concerned for your health and sense of well-being and it is our job to make sure you know all the information you need, but bringing these subjects on your own to us does NOT mean you will be reported or that we will discuss your situation with anyone unless you have given us permission to do so.

What if I have been required to come to counseling by EMU for a violation?

When a student is required to come to counseling, the only information that needs to be communicated is that you attended your required sessions. You will sign a release form allowing your counselor to communicate that to whoever required you to attend. Other issues are usually not shared, except as required by law (risk of harm to self or others).

How do I make an appointment?

Call extension 4317 on campus and 432-4317 if calling from off campus. The office coordinator can help you find an appointment that fits your schedule.