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Individual Counseling

College students typically encounter anxiety and stress (i.e., academic, interpersonal, family, work, financial) during the course of their educational experience.  While individuals cope successfully with these demands most of the time, there are times when they need or desire additional assistance.  Typical concerns from students who seek assistance include:

Personal        

Anxiety, depression, anger, disordered eating, low self-esteem, grief, alcohol/drug difficulties, military life.

Developmental         

Identity development, individuation, stage of life issues, values clarification.

Family
 

Divorce, family crisis, concerns from childhood or adolescence, parenting skills, and marriage preparation.



Relationships  

Roommate problems, boyfriend/girlfriend difficulties, marital issues, and sexual concerns.

Academic   Stress, study skills, time management, procrastination, test-taking, test anxiety

 

The list above is not meant to be comprehensive.  If students have concerns other than the ones listed, the staff is available and willing to talk with them about their concerns.

Confidentiality

All records are confidential.  In accordance with Tennessee law, all communication between students and their counselors are privileged to the same degree that communication between an attorney and client is privileged. No records or information will be disclosed to third parties unless written authorization is given by the student. State law provides three exceptions to the privileged communication:

In these three circumstances, disclosure by the counselor is mandated. 

Additionally, if the students is referred for counseling as a result of violating the alcohol and other drug policy, the referring official will be notified when the student either successfully completes treatment or fails to complete treatment.  

Note: Counseling records are NOT part of a student's academic or administrative records. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Our services are available to all currently enrolled APSU students.

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

The services are  free  for currently enrolled students.

Yes, students are eligible for up to 12 counseling sessions per year.
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.
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.
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.