Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I ever need the services of the college Counseling Center?

Most students who take advantage of the services of the Counseling Center do so because they have decided they would like a little help in dealing with life issues and problems. They are dealing with normal “life stuff” and want someone to listen to them, to help them sort through their options, and to help them come up with some strategies for making things better.  Some of the typical issues are: boyfriend/girlfriend, roommate, or other campus relationship issues; leaving home and relating to parents and family; learning how to balance studies, work, and free time; identity issues; adjusting to college life; getting ready for life after college; and dealing with spiritual concerns.  Sometimes students come when they are in a crisis or are having a larger struggle.  Anxiety, depression, strong angry feelings, abuse, suicidal feelings, grief, eating problems, and sex, drug, or alcohol problems are some of the most common issues. Use our on-line screenings to help you determine if counseling may be helpful to you.

Who will know if I come to counseling?

Counseling is a confidential process with only a few exceptions. If you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, Counseling Services will take steps to protect you.  Great care is taken to protect your identity.  We do not report to administration, teachers, and parents unless you give us permission to do so.  Counseling files are not connected in any way with academic records.

How much does it cost?

Counseling Services requires no additional fee beyond tuition and is available to all SWOSU students.

Who will be my counselor?

You will have an initial meeting called an “intake appointment” with a counselor or graduate student from Counseling Services.  After that, an appointment will be scheduled for you to meet with a counselor.

How long do I see my counselor? Do I have to keep coming if I no longer want to?

You determine, in cooperation with your counselor, how many sessions you have. We usually meet with people for 30 minutes a week for an average of 4-6 sessions. You can stop whenever you want to--there is no obligation.  In fact some people get what they need in a session or two.  Some need to work on their issues for a longer time. 

How do I start the process?

Call Counseling Services at (580) 774-3776 and set up an appointment. 

Who do I talk to if I have more questions?

We will be glad to respond to any questions you might have. Please call the Counseling Services office at (580) 774-3776.  You may also e-mail Kim Liebscher at kim.liebscher@swosu.edu if you have questions.