Counselors: Nothing is off limits

Allison Ashcraft

Pam Midgett, director of Counseling Center, is staged at her desk working on her computer, April 4, in her office in the Counseling Center. Photo by Rachel Johnson

Pam Midgett, director of Counseling Center, is staged at her desk working on her computer, April 4, in her office in the Counseling Center. Photo by Rachel Johnson

Tucked away at the corner of Hampstead and Louis J. Rodriguez Drive is the Counseling Center, director Pam Midgett, and certified counselors to help students with a variety of issues.

“We like to say that there is really nothing that a person would want to talk about that impacts their personal life that is off limits in the Counseling Center,” Midgett said. “We will help students or listen to students and provide counseling for students who are in all sorts of circumstances.”

 The Counseling Center offers both one-on-one as well as group sessions. Midgett said besides just the obvious anxiety and stress that college students go through, staff members also assist with career counseling and have a variety of workshops to help with skills such as time management.

“We also help students who don’t know what they want to pursue in terms of a major and then ultimately a career,” Midgett said. 

The Counseling Center is free to students on campus and can be a vital resource for students struggling with anxiety, depression or any other issue.

Morgan Sinclair, sociology sophomore, said the counselors are even better than counselors she’s paid in the past.

“I’ve not really had the best counselors in the past,” Sinclair said, “From the ladies in the front desk to my actual counselor, they’ve always been really, really nice.”

Emma Labedis, mass communication freshman, said she’s never used the Counseling Center, but if she ever felt overly stressed she would definitely go.

“They seem very knowledgeable in how to deal with stress,” Labedis said.

Midgett said to see a counselor, all someone has to do is call and set up an appointment with the receptionist. Sessions typically last about 45 minutes and it’s all anonymous.

“All of the counselors who work here know that it’s really scary to make your first appointment and come to counseling, and so we respect that,” said Midgett, “We do everything we can to make you feel comfortable.”

Sinclair said if any student is hesitant about going to visit the Counseling Center, they should definitely just go for it.

“They really care,” said Sinclair. “It’s kind of nerve wracking at first because you don’t really know what to expect but it’s just like a normal therapy session where they just get to know you, they talk to you, and they make you feel comfortable.”

 

 

 

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