Basic information

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What is counseling?

College years are an exciting time, but sometimes they can be stressful. Students may encounter problems that are not easily solved. When talking to friends or relatives about your concerns is impossible or unsatisfying, counseling is often the answer. Personal counseling is a way of talking about what is on your mind with an objective person who can help you to learn new skills and new ways of looking at situations so that you will be more capable of solving problems on your own now and in the future.

Why do students come for counseling?

Students come to the Counseling for a variety of reasons including relationship issues, depression, anxiety, homesickness, trauma, family problems, eating disorders, and grief.  Most students who seek counseling do not have a mental illness, rather they are having difficulty coping with a stressful life event.  Some students come to the Counseling Center for help getting connected to other University or community resources. 

Is counseling right for me?

If you feel uncertain about whether counseling is for you, we hope you will make an appointment for an introductory meeting and discuss your concerns with a counselor. There is no obligation to continue.

The Counseling Center staff welcomes all students. We aspire to respect cultural, individual, and role differences. Our goal is to create a safe, supportive and affirming climate for individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, ages, abilities, sizes, socioeconomic statuses, languages, and cultures.

Am I eligible?

Counseling services are made available to any enrolled Bowling Green State University student. Services come at no additional cost, are voluntary, and confidential.

What about confidentiality?

Consistent with professional ethical standards, information that students share in counseling is held in the strictest confidence. Further information about the confidentiality policy and its limitations is furnished to all students who come for counseling. View our Notice of Privacy Practices.

Who are the counselors?

The counselors are qualified, trained mental health professionals and advanced graduate students with backgrounds in psychology. They are competent and caring people who can help students achieve more satisfying, educational and life experiences. Meet the counselors here.