Personal Counseling

Need help with a personal issue?

Sometimes, you just need someone to talk to. When the stresses of life seem too overwhelming, we’re here to listen and provide support. Our counseling services are designed to support and assist students who have personal issues that may interfere with academic success. We offer crisis intervention; brief solution-oriented counseling; and referrals to other agencies, services, or other professionals. Counselors will assist you in getting the help that’s needed.

Our personal counseling services include:

  • Assistance in exploring options for working through personal issues, including stress and anxiety.
  • Crisis counseling.
  • Referral to community/medical providers for long-term mental health-related conditions.

How you’ll benefit from personal counseling

Counseling can help you:

  • Increase self-confidence, assertiveness, or self-esteem.
  • Cope more effectively with stress and anxiety.
  • Deal with problems involving alcohol or drug use.
  • Develop more satisfying relationships and better communication skills.
  • Deal with issues of grief, trauma, or loss.
  • Overcome procrastination or other self-defeating habits and behaviors.

Self-help resources

Some students simply want to learn strategies that help them better cope with stresses in their lives. A number of self-help brochures are available eletronically from college counseling centers across the nation. Click here for virtual brochures.

Note:  Because these brochures are created by colleges nationwide, some may refer to services only available on specific campuses. If you find a service you’re interested in, contact Counseling Services at SCTCC at 320.308.5090 and we’ll assist you in finding a local resource.

Need immediate help?

Are you feeling desperate, alone, or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

Need a referral to community or medical providers?

Sometimes, you may need additional help from medical professionals trained to offer more specialized support. Our counselors can help you find community mental health services or medical services provider for issues requiring longer-term assistance, such as chronic or severe mental health issues.

It’s confidential

What you talk about with your counselor, your records and anything connected to the counseling session is kept confidential. If you want any of this information shared with anyone outside of Counseling Services, you may sign a release of information form that allows us to share this information.

There are, however, some exceptions to confidentiality. Counselors are required by law to take action (which may include breaking confidentiality) if an individual poses a clear and imminent threat to themselves or someone else. In addition, counselors are required to report suspected child or elder abuse.

Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.
(American College Counseling Association)