Counseling provides an opportunity for individuals to learn to make better choices, improve interpersonal skills, develop increased confidence and to increase educational effectiveness. In a one-on-one meeting with a counselor, students are helped to explore and express feelings, examine beliefs and ways of thinking about their present situation, reflect on patterns of behavior, and work toward making healthy changes.
Typical concerns of students who seek counseling:
- Transition and change
- Uncertainty about values and goals
- Personal relationships with friends
- Family concerns
- Issues of grief and loss
- Stress, depression and anxiety
- Lack of motivation; concentration difficulties
- Abuse of alcohol and other drugs
- Access appropriate community resources
Counseling can take a number of forms whether individually or in a group session with other students. Only registered Madison College students are eligible for personal counseling services. Academic and Career Counseling services are available to current and prospective Madison College students.
- Individual counseling provides an opportunity to learn to make better choices, improve one's interpersonal skills and generally increase personal effectiveness.
- Group counseling offers an individual a chance to understand feelings and change problem behaviors with the support of peers with similar concerns and abilities to problem-solve. Groups may focus on such topics as managing stress, nurturing interpersonal growth and/or managing one's anger.
- Through counseling, persons with difficulties can have their problems assessed and addressed. Counseling services may include referrals to community-based resources.
Screening for Mental Health
Madison College Counseling Services subscribes to the Screening for Mental Health's Online Screening Program. Students can use this program's online questionnaires to find out if they have symptoms of depression or bipolar disorder (manic-depression), generalized anxiety disorder, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder or alcohol abuse.
Keep in mind that a screening is not a substitute for a complete mental health evaluation. It does not result in a diagnosis but rather provides an indication of whether or not a person has symptoms consistent with a particular illness.
If follow up with a professional is recommended, please consider scheduling an appointment with one of our counselors or with your health care provider.