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Personal Counseling

The Personal Counseling Office offers time-limited individual, group and family counseling. Individual and family counseling involves weekly 50-minute sessions.

Who can use these services? University-wide eligibility is for all University of Detroit Mercy students regardless of campus location or school. Each person who seeks counseling services can expect to be received with respect, recognition and understanding for whom they are regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, class, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and/or disability.

Faculty and staff consultations are also available. The counseling office serves as a resource for faculty and staff who may want to discuss a distressed student’s behavior or explore ways to approach a student to make a referral.

At the time of the initial session, the student can talk in confidence about what's most on his/her mind and together the counselor and student will identify problems and set realistic goals for therapy.

Some students may have special needs which would require a referral to a clinic or another therapist.

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    Confidentiality

    We want you to feel comfortable.

    Strict confidentiality is assured by rigid adherence to professional ethical standards and the state of Michigan professional licensing requirements. The University community has no knowledge of who uses the personal counseling services.

    Any written material is completely separate from your academic records. No information leaves the counseling office without your express consent, review and written approval.

    In very rare cases in which a person is in clear and imminent danger of hurting themselves or others, the counselor is legally bound to share enough information with authorities to assure protection for all concerned.

    All other University employees must report sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking to law enforcement authorities, which would be handled by Detroit Mercy Public Safety. Those who wish to discuss a situation in complete confidence should disclose only to a licensed professional in the Wellness Center.

    Counseling services are available at any time for any persons affected by sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking.

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    When to refer someone to the Wellness Center

    Throughout the year, the Wellness Center receives many telephone calls from administrators, faculty, staff, counselors and friends. They all have an opportunity to observe some of the signs and symptoms that could be indicative of the need to refer an individual for professional assistance. Below are some of the general symptoms of distress:

    1. Marked impairment in functioning.
    2. Noted isolation.
    3. Significant decrease in energy and motivation level.
    4. Marked change in behavior (e.g., appearance change, erratic class attendance or class performance, sudden unwillingness to communicate, drop in grades).
    5. Alcohol and other substance abuse.
    6. Eating disorder.
    7. Self-deprecation and excessive self-criticism and guilt.
    8. Statements reflecting a sense of worthlessness, hopelessness or helplessness.
    9. Psychosomatic symptoms such as tension-headaches, nausea, change in appetite or in sleeping habits.
    10. Anxiety, depression, stress and burnout.
    11. Traumatic changes in personal relationships, such as divorce, death, or ending a relationship with a significant other.
    12. Academic problems such as career indecision, dissatisfaction with academic major, inability to concentrate and difficulty with workload.
    13. Threatening bodily injury or harm to others.
    14. Violent behavior.
    15. Paranoid views of the world.
    16. Marked disorientation and bizarre behavior.
    17. References to suicide.
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