Reasons to seek therapy
Students come to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for a variety of reasons. Students who seek therapy usually are experiencing discomfort or dissatisfaction in some aspect of their personal lives. Common reasons include:
- Relationship challenges
- Time management
- Stress management
- Decision making and goal setting
- Eating disorders / body image concerns
- Roommate disputes
- Isolation and loneliness
- Death and loss
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Divorce and / or parental divorce
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Sexuality identity issues
- Gender identity issues
The following are some signs that may indicate the need to seek help:
- Difficult changes in personal relationships
Death of a family member or close friend; difficulties in intimate relationships; problems at home with family members; problems with roommates or friends.
- Feelings of sadness for no apparent reason
Prolonged feelings of despair and unhappiness; withdrawal; missing family; missing home; loneliness; lack of concentration; loss of interest in usual activities; eating changes; feelings of hopelessness and helplessness; sometimes wondering whether life is worth living.
- Problems in academic performance
Dramatic drop in grades; overwhelming / disabling test anxiety; sporadic class attendance; excessive procrastination and poor academic performance; dissatisfaction or confusion about your major or your career plans.
- Excessive anxiety or fear
Unexplained nervousness; panic; inability to sleep; avoidance of certain activities or situations; profound shyness; constant worrying.
- Personality changes
Unexplained and sudden shifts in mood or behavior; being overly argumentative, angry or aggressive; excessive alcohol consumption; habitual use of legal or illegal drugs; strong feelings of disconnectedness with one's self.
- Physical complaints when no medical reasons can be found
Frequent stomach aches; headaches; back or joint pain after a physical exam shows nothing; difficulty falling or staying asleep.
- Desire to talk with a neutral person
You need someone to listen to you and give you an objective point of view.
If you are interested in making an appointment please see our How to Make an Appointment page.