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Frequently Asked Questions

The Counseling Centers offers short term counseling; the number of sessions a student may receive depends on each individual's needs as determined by the counselor.  Support and referral services are available for students with chronic and complex issues. 

Who can use the Center?

Our services are available to all currently enrolled APSU students.

When is the counseling center open?

Our regular hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

What is the cost?

The services are free for currently enrolled students.

Do I need an appointment to see a counselor?

Counseling sessions are scheduled by appointment, beginning with a 20-minute screening session. Call 931-221-6162 or come by the Center to set up a screening. 

Will the information I tell the counselor be confidential?

All communications between you and your counselor will be held confidential and will not be disclosed to any outside agency unless you give written authorization to release the information. However, there are exceptions to confidentiality. See confidentiality for more information.

Why seek counseling?

Counseling can simply be sharing your thoughts and feelings in confidence with a trained counselor who is objective and a good listener. This is often helpful when you have decisions to make. Sometimes counseling may help you to change your behavior in order to deal more effectively with a problem. You may become aware of strengths and resources you can use to your benefit.    

At other times, counseling may help by giving you certain types of information, or by teaching you new skills. Counseling may help you see yourself and others in a different light. This is not to say that counseling is always easy. Successful counseling may mean you will become aware of feelings and behaviors that are not particularly comfortable or effective for you. With the help and support of a trained counselor, you can learn to confront such feelings and behaviors so you can make changes that will lead to a more satisfying life.