Your first appointment
The first time you contact the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), you'll be scheduled for a 10 – 15 minute phone or in-person appointment with a clinician. This brief discussion helps us assess the nature and urgency of your concern, and identify the most appropriate next steps.
This appointment will be made for a specific time, reserved just for you. Usually, appointments are available within two business days of your call.
During the brief appointment, you'll talk about your situation, and ask and answer questions. If you have a phone appointment, it's important that you be available to talk freely when the clinician calls you.
At the end of the appointment, we'll discuss what to do next. Options might include an appointment for initial consultation at CCPH, referral to campus or community resources, or both. CCPH also offers crisis and urgent appointments as needed.
CCPH provides short-term counseling services. If you need or want a longer-term therapy relationship, your clinician can provide referrals to providers in our community.
During the brief appointment, you and your clinician may decide that CCPH services could be appropriate. If so, you'll be scheduled for a longer, in-person appointment, called the "initial consultation." At this private meeting, your counselor will review your situation further, answer your questions and help determine next steps.
Sometimes, people find this appointment has met their needs and no further services are necessary. Other times, your counselor may recommend group or individual counseling at CCPH, or counseling with a provider in the community. You may be offered referrals to other campus resources, medical or mental health providers, or specialized care.