Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does it mean to go to counseling?
Counseling is a means of facilitating personality growth and development.  It also attempts to help individuals 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 may 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, academic struggles, and concerns about a friend or family member, or many others.

What other services are offered?
The Center for Counseling also does pre-engagement and pre-marital counseling, and sponsors a Preparation for Marriage Seminar each spring semester. At times, counselors are sought out as a resource for various classroom projects or presentations. It is the goal of the Center for Counseling to be a resource for Asbury University students, faculty and staff no matter how large or small the issue might appear.

What happens during a counseling session?
You will connect with one of our trained Christian counselors who will listen to your concerns and work with you to help define and clarify your problem, explore the many possibilities that may exist for change, and develop a strategy or plan for action.  Don't expect things to get better immediately, or that your counselor will give you a list of behaviors to accomplish, but do expect to feel support and guidance, to discover strategies for better coping, and to have the freedom to speak honestly about your feelings.

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