Frequently Asked Questions About the Counseling Center
How do I schedule an appointment?
Call the Counseling Center at 989-774-3381 or stop by Foust Hall 102 to make an appointment. You can also click on the button below to request an appointment.
Office hours are Monday - Friday 8AM-12PM and 1PM-5PM.
How do I know if I need counseling?
Everyone's concerns are important. Treat your mental health like your physical health. If you are considering talking with someone, it is best to make an appointment.
How many times can I meet with a counselor?
Your counselor will work with you to make a plan that best meets your needs. The Counseling Center operates within a short-term model.
Do I need to make an appointment in advance?
For individual counseling services, yes. Our drop-in workshops, Walk-In Wednesday mini sessions (when available), and support group opportunities are available without scheduling in advance.
How much does counseling cost?
There is no charge for counseling at the Counseling Center.
Am I eligible for services?
You must be currently enrolled in a CMU course to be eligible for our services. Students are eligible for services in the summer if they were enrolled in classes in the spring semester and are enrolled for classes for the fall semester. Faculty and staff members who are enrolled in courses are encouraged to use our employee assistance program, Encompass, for their mental health needs.
I am in crisis. What can I do?
Urgent appointments are available during business hours for students requiring immediate assistance due to crisis or safety concerns. 24/7 resources can be found at the link below.
Can I change counselors?
It is important for you to feel comfortable. You are welcome to change counselors at any time. Simply call our office and ask to schedule with another counselor.
What can I expect from counseling?
You can expect to take an active role in the session; it is a team effort. Just showing up will not make the counseling experience valuable. You will be expected to be open and honest about your feelings, thoughts, and reactions. You and your counselor will have different life experiences as well as different ways of processing information, therefore sharing your perspective is important. You will also be expected to work toward counseling goals outside of the counseling session.
Is what I say confidential?
Yes; the information you share in counseling is privileged and confidential. Your counselor is required by law to report disclosed information to the appropriate authorities when:
1. Serious and foreseeable harm to you or others is evident
2. Release of confidential information is required by court order or requested by you
3. Child abuse or neglect is evident or suspected
4. Abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults who are vulnerable due to physical or mental impairment or advanced age is evident or suspected.
What if I have questions or concerns about my counseling experience?
Your questions and concerns are important. We encourage you to share those questions and concerns, either directly with your counselor, or with the Director of the Counseling Center. More information regarding comments and suggestions can be found at the link below.
What if I want, or need medication?
For many students, medication is a helpful addition to therapy. Student Psychiatry Services is able to answer your questions regarding medication.