Center for Counseling FAQs – Asbury University
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▾ How do I make an appointment for a counseling session?

You are encouraged to visit the Center for Counseling, which is part of the Center for Wholeness and Wellness, on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to complete registration forms in which you will list your concerns and your current schedule. For more information, you may also email counseling@asbury.edu or call 859-858-3511, x.2277 or 859-858-5277.  The registration forms can also be accessed through the Asbury Student Portal in the "More" section during business hours (Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00).

You will be given an appointment time that is convenient for both you and the counselor. It is our goal to schedule students for their first appointment within two weeks of their initial visit. Occasionally this is not possible, but most students are seen within 1 week.

If the situation is an emergency, you may come directly to the Center and notify the office manager that it is an emergency. One of our counselors will see you immediately. After hours, you can call the Asbury Switchboard at 859-858-3511 x.0 and ask to speak to the RD on call, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  (Crisis Text Line: text "hello" to 741-741.)

▾ What exactly does it mean to go to counseling?

Counseling is a means of facilitating personal growth and development. It also attempts to provide the tools for individuals to cope more effectively with the problems of life, inner conflict, or painful emotions. Counseling can provide encouragement and comfort to those who are suffering from loss, and guidance to those whose behaviors are self-defeating.

▾ Why do students seek counseling?

Asbury students use the Center for Counseling for a variety of reasons. Typical problems might include depression, anxiety, family problems, stress, poor self-esteem, relationship problems, eating disorders and negative body image, sexual abuse, stress and anxiety triggered by academic struggles, and concerns about a friend or family member, or many others.

▾ What happens during a counseling session?

Students will meet with one of our trained Christian counselors who will listen and ask questions to help define and clarify concerns, explore the many possibilities that may exist for change, and develop a strategy or plan for action. Counseling is a process where students can expect to feel support and guidance, to discover strategies for better coping, and to have the freedom to speak honestly about their feelings.