At SFCM, we provide short-term counseling services to help students achieve and maintain a sense of well-being. In counseling, the student and counselor work together to define goals and explore strategies for issues such as stress, relationship difficulties, and depression or anxiety. Counseling can often lead to better interpersonal relationships, improved academic performance, solutions to specific problems, reductions in the student’s feelings of distress, and an overall expansion of the student’s potential.
Counseling services are included as part of the health services fee for full-time students and are confidential.
Counseling Services Offered
A counseling relationship requires trust and confidence between student and counselor; therefore, all counseling sessions are kept confidential. No information about the student, including the student’s participation in counseling, will be revealed to any person or agency (including parents and teachers) without the student’s written consent. However, if a student is judged to be a danger to self and/or others, or if there is risk of harm to a minor, a dependent adult, or an elder, we reserve the right to inform family, emergency providers, law enforcement, or appropriate college personnel. A detailed notice of privacy practices and other limits to confidentiality is available in the counseling offices.
The counseling service regularly presents workshops on various wellness topics, including stress reduction, time management, and healthy living. Workshop schedules will be posted as they become available.
Brief Individual Counseling
Brief individual counseling allows students to meet one-on-one with the counselor to discuss any personal concerns. Students work with the counselor to determine the appropriate course of treatment. Students are given 6 counseling sessions per semester. In certain cases, a referral will be made to an off-campus counselor.