Individual counseling provides an opportunity for you to meet individually with a mental health professional (psychologist, social worker, licensed professional counselor, advanced-level graduate trainee in psychology or social work) to explore a variety of problems, difficulties, or concerns.
We utilize a short-term, time-limited model for individual counseling and psychotherapy services. Sessions of individual counseling usually last about 45 minutes and are scheduled every two to three weeks for a specified period of time. Typically, students attend five to eight sessions of individual counseling over the course of one academic term.
In order to maintain quality of services while responding to high service demands, we may limit the number and/or frequency of individual counseling sessions. If this occurs, and you find that you require long-term counseling or psychotherapy services, you will be referred to mental health services off-campus.
Couples counseling services are available to opposite-sex and same-sex partners who are involved in an ongoing, committed relationship. One partner must be an enrolled student who is currently registered for classes.
Group counseling/therapy provides an opportunity to be part of group of six to eight students who meet regularly over the course of one academic term to share concerns, explore personal issues, and learn new skills under the guidance of one or two group leaders/facilitators.
Each term, we offer a variety of general therapy groups, therapy groups for particular populations (e.g., graduate students, women, men, LGBTQIA+ students), and therapy groups for particular issues/problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress management, family issues, substance abuse problems, history of sexual assault). We also offer educational workshops on a variety of topics. Group therapy participants are asked to commit to attending group therapy sessions regularly for the duration of the group.
Workshops are offered at the Wellness Center and Student Groups/ Departments of the University can request workshops to take place around the campus. Workshops are interactive presentations focused on building specific skills for a wide variety of topics. Workshops are offered at various points in the semester and can be requested one month in advance for student groups/ departments.
How to Make an Appointment
Triage Screening and Disposition appointments are offered daily.
To schedule a triage assessment appointment, call (412-648-7930) or stop by the Wellness Center in Nordenberg Hall.
The purpose of Triage Screening and Disposition is to assess your current concerns/problems and determine the most appropriate treatment options for addressing your clinical needs.
You will be offered the first available appointment that matches your schedule. We aim to offer this as soon as possible, but waiting times may increase at busy times in the semester—or, if you have a particular counselor preference. The triage assessment appointment typically lasts 15-30 minutes. You should arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment to complete registration forms.
The clinician conducting the triage assessment will recommend the most appropriate treatment options for addressing your clinical needs.
Recommended treatment options may include:
(1) Referral to one or more of our services (e.g., individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, and/or psychiatric services);
(2) Referral to other student support services within the University (e.g., Student Health Service, Disability Resources and Services, Academic Resource Center); and/or
(3) Referral to mental health services located off-campus in the community (please see section on referrals to mental health services off-campus).
If treatment options within the UCC are recommended, you will be scheduled for a more comprehensive assessment prior to beginning treatment. Sometimes, this further assessment is also necessary to determine the most appropriate treatment option. You may find that the triage assessment addresses your concerns and that you require no additional services.
All of our clinical services are delivered using a short-term, time-limited approach. We utilize a short-term model in delivering services to maximize efficiency of clinical staffing resources in meeting the mental health needs of as many students as possible. If you have concerns/problems that require long-term, intensive, or specialized treatment that is beyond our scope of care, you may be referred to mental health services off-campus. In addition, during periods when demand for services exceeds available staffing resources, even students whose clinical needs are within our scope of care will be referred to mental health services off-campus.