What is the IU Northwest Counseling Office?
- The IUN Counseling Office seeks to achieve three goals: to offer individual counseling to students experiencing emotional distress, to sponsor a variety of growth and educational opportunities that promote mental and emotional health and to facilitate the formation of support groups for specific needs and interests.
What is individual counseling about?
- Individual counseling for personal problems is available to all full time and part time students at the University. The counseling offered is professional and confidential. No information about a student is ever released without the student's written permission, nor does it ever become part of the student's permanent record. The counseling is also offered at no cost to the student.
- For some students crisis intervention will be the main service provided, but for others the focus of the counseling will be on helping the student make better and healthier decisions for his or her life.
When should someone consider counseling?
- A student should consider getting an evaluation for counseling whenever a personal problem, a behavior or a mood alteration interferes significantly with normal functioning or with a significant relationship. If a personal problem prevents a student from regular class attendance, from completing assignments or from doing as well as usual on tests, then it is a good idea to have the situation assessed.
How do I make an appointment?
- Appointments are best scheduled by telephone at 219-980-6741 during scheduled hours of operation.
- Because we live at a time when the stresses of life can be overwhelming and when many people suffer the after effects of abuse, trauma and/or neglect, many people are subject to a variety of emotional difficulties. Some of these include depression, anxiety, difficulty relating to others and addiction to substances or to unhealthy behaviors. In addition, adjusting to the many changes that we experience throughout a life time can bring us the need to understand the meaning of these changes and how to live with them.
What happens in the counseling process?
- The process begins with an intake interview and an evaluation of the person's circumstance and presenting problem. Normally this is completed in the first session or two. Goals are established for short-term counseling which lasts no more than ten sessions per academic year. During these sessions the client and the counselor explore not only the roots of the difficulty, but also possibilities for growth and change.
What if the problem does not get better?
- Because the University cannot promise to offer treatment for every emotional distress or condition, it will sometimes be best to make a referral. If in the judgment of the counselor the student is in need of long term counseling, or for more intensive treatment or for evaluation for medication, an appropriate referral will be made at that time to community or to private mental health facilities or resources.