Welcome to the Office of Counseling Services!
What to Expect
When you first come in, you will be greeted by our front desk staff and asked to complete some paperwork designed to help us better understand your needs and give you more information about our services. After completing the paperwork, you will be given a triage appointment to meet with one of our counselors. Typically, this appointment will take about 30 to 50 minutes, and the two of you will discuss your immediate concerns as well as what type of services may be most helpful to you. The goal is to get you connected with the most appropriate services as soon as possible. Please know that the triage counselor may not necessarily be the counselor you are ultimately assigned to work with. Some of the options for services you may be discussing are described below. As a reminder, all of our therapy services are free and confidential.
We offer the following services free of charge to eligible students:
• Short-term individual
• Couples counseling
You would meet with a counselor one-on-one to address your concerns. During the first meeting, you and your counselor will set goals and talk about your meeting schedule. In individual counseling, people will often discuss relationship concerns, family difficulties, feelings of depression or anxiety, academic issues, recovery from traumatic events, or hopes of wanting to better your life.
You and your partner would meet with a counselor (or possibly two) to address relationship concerns. It can be used to gain more insight into each other, to learn new and more effective ways of communication, rebuild emotional security, and to learn how to solve problems. At least one partner of each couple needs to be a NMSU student to be eligible for services.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR COUNSELING
Currently enrolled NMT graduate or undergraduate student registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours will be seen for an initial appointment. The initial appointment is an opportunity for your counselor to determine if the services we offer are appropriate for your needs and for you to decide if our services are a good fit for you.
Making an Appointment
Please call 835-6619 to schedule an appointment. You will be asked if you have been seen before at Counseling Services and your current enrollment status. You will be asked to complete an Intake Form prior to your first appointment. Please plan to pick up a form in advance of your appointment or arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to complete the Intake Form.
Cancellation of Appointments
Because of the demand for services, we ask that if you need to cancel an appointment that you provide Counseling Services 24-hours notice. Appointments canceled with less than 24-hours notice will count against the total amount students are allowed. We do recognize that there are those emergency situations where it is not possible to give 24-hours notice and we will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
Students who miss two or more consecutive appointments (without providing notice) will have their file closed and will be referred to community services should they require psychological care.
The State of New Mexico legally recognizes that communication between a counselor and her/his client as privileged and confidential. We will not disclose your contacts with us to your spouse/partner, your parents, professors, or anyone else without your permission. There are few narrow exceptions:
- If you are in imminent danger to yourself or are a significant danger to someone else, we have a legal obligation to break confidentiality to protect you and/or others.
- If you are abusing children/vulnerable adults or inform us concerning someone who is, then we have a legal responsibility to report this to the proper authorities. Such a report could potentially lead to disclosure of your being a client and require testimony concerning the suspected abuse.
- If, as part of an employment process or security screening you sign a release of records form about services received from us, we will ask that you sign our form to ensure that you are freely and knowingly releasing a brief summary of your contact with us.
- Your records can also be subpoenaed by a court of law (e.g. if you claimed emotional damages in a lawsuit).
- We also reserve the right to consult with the NMT Health Center when professionally appropriate.
Because we offer short-term counseling services, NMT Counseling Services reserves the right to refer you to other community services if your concerns are outside the scope of our practice.
Students who are eligible to receive services are limited to 10 sessions per semester for individual, group/family counseling services. There are no session limits for group counseling. There is also a limit on the total number of sessions any one student can receive.
INFORMATION ABOUT COUNSELING
Some Reasons People Seek Counseling:
• Adjusting to university life
• Difficulties with motivation or decision-making
• Relationship difficulties with friends, roommates, family, partners. . .
• Communication skills
• Identity issues
• Sexual orientation issues
• Worries about behaviors (eating, alcohol/drug use, sex)
• Feeling suicidal or thoughts that life is not worth living.
• Loss (illness, death of a loved one, personal loss)
*Please fill out the Counseling Intake Form and bring it with you to your first appointment with the Therapist*