College can be a stressful time. Challenges are sometimes
presented and students have to utilize their abilities to be able
to resolve them. When confronting an issue that is too difficult to
take on alone, the University Counseling Center offers many
programs that can assist students in gaining success.
The University Counseling Center is a comprehensive
mental-health agency located at C-36 Clark Building. It offers a
wide variety of services for students and faculty including various
forms of counseling, a Stress Management Program, the Learning
Assistance Center, Campus Community Service and outreach, and
Charles Davidshofer, the director of the UCC, said as many as
3,000 students took advantage of the center’s services last
“We are the primary mental health office on campus,” Davidshofer
said, “If students are seeking help they are likely to come to
Dylan Coleman, a senior construction management major, said that
he has never been to the University Counseling Center.
“I probably wouldn’t go there because I’d rather deal with (my
problems) myself,” Coleman said.
All the center’s services are free to students who have paid the
“Any students that paid the student fee, which means they are
taking six or more credits, are entitled to use all services,”
Davidshofer said, “But if we see someone for individual
psychotherapy for more than five sessions they will be charged an
extra $10 per session.”
Davidshofer said clinical services provided are individual,
group, couples and family therapy. The center also offers walk-in
and assessment services during business hours.
“It’s different if you call and set up an appointment the first
time because you know that you’ll be seen,” he said. “If you walk
in it depends on how many people walk in ahead of you.”
Davidshofer said the center offers a wide range of group
programs depending on the issues students are facing.
“We offer specialized group programs that deal with different
issues such as eating disorders, groups dealing with depression,
relationship groups and one that deals with substance use and
abuse,” Davidshofer said.
The UCC also provides 24-hour emergency services.
“You call the number at the dispatch and the counselor on call
will be paged to call the student back,” Davidshofer said.
Most students who come in for counseling seek help with
emotional issues rather than academic, but the numbers are close to
being equal, Davidshofer said.
“The two most often reported emotional issues are depression and
stress,” he said.
The Stress Management Program, which is a division of the UCC,
was created to help students deal with stress effectively.
Jenifer Thomas, graduate assistant in the Stress Management
Program, said the service tries to help students learn stress
“The Stress Management Program is offered to students to help
Thomas said, “We help teach relaxation techniques and show
students how to practice them.”
Through a session at the SMP, which is located at C-10 Clark,
students are taught breathing techniques, a program for muscle
relaxation, visualization and imagery, coping strategies and
“We feel stress physiologically,” Thomas said. “Helping relax
physically keeps the body healthy and re-focuses attention away
Thomas recommends that any students interested in learning how
to handle stress should make an appointment through the UCC’s main
“I recommend that students come in more than once,” she said,
“Learning these techniques is a skill. The more you practice, the
better you get. Students don’t necessarily need to practice in
here, they can do it at home, too.”
Thomas also recommends that students who do not want to come in
print copies of stress relief techniques off the Stress Management
Program’s updated Web site or to visit the new Wellness Zone in the
Lory Student Center.
“We are trying to help out the CSU community as much as
possible,” Thomas said.
Coleman said he has not visited the Wellness Zone, but it seems
like something in which he might be interested.
“I might do that,” he said.
Another division of the UCC is the Learning Assistance Center.
This is a place where students who are having academic
difficulties, are on academic probation or may have a learning
disability can go for help.
The LAC, located in General Services Building room 104, creates
a program individualized to suit the each student’s needs.
Counselors can help students implement new strategies like textbook
reading, note taking, time management and test preparation.
“If students aren’t performing as well academically as they’d
like, have a hard time focusing or have an attention deficit
problem, (the LAC) assesses the situation and provides study skills
counseling to help them learn materials and perform better,”
The University Counseling Center also includes the University
Testing Service, which offers services such as psychological
testing, the College Level Examination Program, Challenge Exam
Programs and other admissions and academic testing.
Also included in the UCC are the Faculty Test Scoring Service,
Campus Community Services and the Employee Assistance Program.
Davidshofer said the services offered through the UCC have so far
“We collect satisfactory surveys from clients at different times
throughout the semester,” Davidshofer said, “(In most instances)
they report significant assistance with the problem.”
For more information please contact the University Counseling
Center at 491-6053 or visit the Web site at:
Fall and spring semester hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
For emergency assistance after hours call 491-7111