Of course not. For the most part, people who use our services are interested in their personal growth and adjustment to the world around them. Many students face normal developmental concerns and academic pressures, and at times, they may feel acute anxiety, sadness or depression.
It is very common for students to be nervous when starting counseling, especially if it is the first time. After you arrive for your first appointment, you will check in with our Administrative Assistant. You will be asked to fill out a brief background information sheet and will be given information about confidentiality. In the first session, your counselor will ask questions about your concerns, issues and goals you would like to focus on and together, you will set up a plan for beginning to work on these goals.
There is no charge for counseling and consultation to registered students as these costs are covered by student fees. However, if you are not taking summer session classes, but are registered for fall semester, you may qualify to pay the summer bridge fee that will vary from year to year. For more information on this, visit us at ZSC 138 or call at (956) 326-2230.
Typical sessions last 45-60 minutes. Your first session may take a little longer depending on the time needed for paperwork and initial visit with the counselor.
All staff members subscribe to the ethical guidelines established by the Texas Board of Examiner's of Psychologists and Texas State Board of Examiner's of Professional Counselor's. As a client, you will be informed of the legal limits of confidentiality.
Student Counseling and Disability Services
Zaffirini Student Success Center 138
Phone: (956) 326-2230
Fax: (956) 326-2231