College life can be stressful and challenging, academically, socially and emotionally. Many students feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or homesick at some point during their college experience, and need help dealing with their feelings or problems. Common concerns are roommate difficulties, family stress, concerns about alcohol and substance use, struggles in relationships, confusion in deciding on a major or career path, difficulties in making friends, academic challenges, among others. Over 10% of the students here at UMass are seen by the CCPH.
What is Therapy?
Psychotherapy is a process that can help people identify the issues that are contributing to their difficulties and identify more effective strategies to cope with their situations and achieve their goals.
Who Can Benefit from Therapy?
Common concerns which bring students to CCPH:
- Symptoms of depression
- Symptoms of stress and anxiety
- College adjustment issues such as homesickness, academic problems
- Interpersonal issues-friendship and romantic relationship difficulties
- Bereavement and grief
- Questions/confusion about identity, sexuality, gender, or religious concerns
- Concerns about body image, food, eating , or weight
- Experiences of sexual assault, relationship violence, or abuse
- Thoughts of suicide, death or hurting others
- Behaviors that can be harmful to you, like drug or alcohol abuse or cutting
When to Seek Therapy?
While psychotherapy might be helpful in a variety of situations, there are some conditions in which we would strongly encourage you to seek psychotherapy services.
- You are unhappy on most days or aren’t enjoying things that previously made you happy
- You feel a sense of hopelessness or helplessness
- You feel overwhelmed by what is going on in your life
- You are unable to concentrate on your schoolwork or other activities
- You are unable to sleep at night or constantly feel tired
- You are feeling a sense of worthlessness or self loathing
- You have increased your use of alcohol or other drugs
- You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else
- You are struggling with issues related to your identity and don’t feel like there’s anyone you can open up to
What to expect
Typically, the first few sessions are spent clarifying the problem and talking about solutions you've already tried. This helps the clinician identify which approaches will be most helpful. Then, you and the clinician will decide on goals for your work together.
To get the most out of therapy:
- Be clear about what you hope to get out of the experience.
- Be an active participant.
- Ask questions.
- Focus on what's most important to you.
- Recognize and express your feelings.
- Be patient with yourself.