This section features a general overview of the counseling process, how it can be helpful to you, and how to get started at the Furman Counseling Center. By using the links below, you can click ahead to specific information about policies, procedures, and our office hours and location.
Before going on to describe the counseling process, it is worth noting that individual counseling is just one of the services that the Counseling Center provides. For a listing of all our services, click here.
Concerns, questions, choices, and changes are part of life, and in many cases, we can work through them ourselves, or with the help of friends or family. Other times, however, a personal concern can feel too private, complicated, or overwhelming to share with a friend -- or friends and family themselves may be part of the concern. In these instances, a counseling professional can provide a safe, neutral, confidential setting in which to explore your feelings and thoughts, examine your options, weigh alternatives, and move toward your own goals.
You can expect your counselor to be someone who is interested in listening to your concerns, and who will assist you in understanding them better so that you can deal with them more effectively. Your counselor will ask you some pertinent questions about your background and previous experiences, and will help you clarify your own goals for the therapeutic process. If you are experiencing any troublesome symptoms, your counselor can discuss appropriate treatment options with you. If you and your counselor decide to consider medication as an option, we can provide a referral for a medication evaluation with one of our own staff psychiatrists.
You can also expect the following:
Students come to counseling for many different reasons. Counseling may be of help to you if you feel concerned about...
It's also okay if you aren't exactly sure what the problem is - we can help you talk about that, too.
The Counseling Center staff is made up psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, and interns in these fields. As a group, we represent a wide variety of professional interests and specializations, including multicultural issues, wellness, sexual identity, women's issues, and eating disorders. All of us are committed to providing services in ways that recognize, respect, and value the diversity of Barnard students.
To learn more about our staff and our commitments, click here.
Confidentiality is a foundational part of our work in the Counseling Center. What you talk about with your counselor in session is confidential. That means that we will not inform your parents or professors of what you discuss during sessions. If you want any of this information to be released to anyone outside the Counseling Center, you must give your written permission. Furthermore, your counseling records will never become part of your academic or administrative records at Barnard. There are limits to confidentiality having to do with risk to your safety or the safety of others.
Exceptions to confidentiality exist in the following rare circumstances: