Mission of Counseling Services
The principal aim of Counseling Services is to address the developmental and mental health issues of students from educational, therapeutic and preventative perspective. These services not only support the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy, but also reflect the philosophy of acceptance, respect, compassion and dignity. Counseling Services provides a confidential environment that is conducive to discussion of any concern or problem. This confidentiality is in accordance with legal and professional guidelines and standards of the state of Rhode Island.
Students' problems are legitimate and can be helped. These are some of the reasons a student might come for help:
- Feeling hopeless or sad
- Feeling unduly worried or anxious
- Trouble in relationships with friends, roommates, family or other members of the college community
- Feeling unmotivated or unable to concentrate
- Feeling that something is wrong, but not being able to figure out what it is
- Vocational/career indecision
- Loss of self-confidence or self-esteem
- Problems around eating, sleeping, sex
- Overuse of alcohol and/or drugs
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feeling overwhelmed or stressed out
- Difficulties adjusting to college life
What Will Happen in the First Session?
Students will be able to talk freely and in confidence during the session. A counselor will listen, clarify and help the student develop a plan to resolve their personal concerns. Treatment options will be discussed, which may include short-term individual or group therapy in Counseling Services, referrals to external mental health providers and other support services on campus.
All clinical contact with students in Counseling Services is privileged and confidential. Disclosure to parents, faculty, staff or any unauthorized person requesting information about the student or the counseling relationship is both illegal and unethical, unless the student has signed a "Consent to Release of Information" form.
Clinicians are available to speak with parents by phone or in person (by appointment) if they have questions about specific services provided. Parents may contact Counseling Services prior to or at the beginning of the academic year to discuss treatment options. This may include short-term individual or group therapy in Counseling Services, referrals to external mental health providers and other support services on campus.