Individual & group counseling

counseling services also offers free workshops, outreach and drop-in support groups for students. for more information visit the Workshop & Drop-In page.

individual counseling

at some time or other, most students feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of college, work, family or other relationships. they may also have other significant mental health issues.

counseling services staff are available to help students cope with these stressors. help may range from a single discussion with a counselor to a carefully planned program of counseling or therapy, including psychiatric consultation and medication if necessary.

to initiate counseling services, please call 503.725.2800 to schedule an initial consultation during any of our open hours. during the consultation, a counselor will meet with you via zoom to discuss your needs and your counseling service options (e.g., group, individual, another campus resource, off-campus resources, etc.). 

group counseling

all fall term groups are virtual

group counseling is an especially useful approach for addressing many issues commonly experienced by college students. it is often the treatment of choice for people who identify difficulties in interpersonal relationships, social anxiety, stress, and low self esteem.

if you would like more information about joining a counseling services group, please call shac and let the scheduler know which group you are interested in attending. if you already have a shac counselor, please speak with your current counselor about your options for group.

interpersonal process groups: fridays 10-11:30am | fridays 1-2:30pm

group therapy is an ideal setting where students can work on personal growth, develop insight about interpersonal relationship patterns, and receive support and feedback from peers.  process groups promote greater self-awareness, authenticity, and provide a safe environment in which to practice new behaviors.  groups are facilitated by two leaders and are offered throughout the year. a pre-group interview is required for participation. 

overcoming social anxiety group: Time & Date TBD

this group is for students who struggle with social confidence, worry about social interactions, and feel self-conscious in social contexts. group members will have the opportunity to practice establishing new relationships and positive connections, drawing on their natural strengths, and gaining a more accurate perception of self and others.

applying mindfulness to your life: thursdays 1:30 - 3:00pm

a group for students interested in learning mindfulness concepts and developing/strengthening mindfulness-based coping skills for dealing with stress, anxiety or depression.  interested participants are highly encouraged to attend all sessions. 

6- session work smarter, not harder group: mondays 4-5:15pm 

this is a 6-week workshop-based skills group that focuses on improving academic functioning, attention, motivation, and studying, with an overall emphasis on being successful during distance learning and managing anxiety/stress using a polyvagal approach.  

adhd/ld information group: tuesdays 11:30-12:30pm | fridays 10-11am 

a one-time meeting to learn about shac’s services for the diagnosis and treatment of adhd and learning disorders. this includes a brief individual consultation with a shac psychologist. call shac reception to register.

short term counseling 

the goal of short-term counseling is to navigate immediate stressors, facilitate adjustment to college or other life circumstances, reduce emotional distress, and address barriers to academic, career, and personal goals.
issues commonly addressed in short-term counseling include:

  • personal concerns: mild to moderate anxiety and depression, anger, loneliness, guilt, low self-esteem, grief and loss, significant difficult events
  • relationship concerns: romantic relationship difficulties, interpersonal conflict, family issues
  • cultural concerns: impact of oppression, power, privilege, identity, intersectionality, cultural adjustment
  • developmental concerns: identity development, adjustment difficulties, life transitions, first-time use of mental health support
  • academic concerns: performance anxiety, perfectionism, underachievement, motivation
  • interpersonal violence: sexual assault, safety concerns
  • substance use: mild or moderate alcohol or other drug use/abuse
  • other concerns, including: spirituality, body image, and healthy lifestyle choices

even if your concerns are appropriate for short-term counseling, off-campus care may be recommended due to the wait for services or a need for evening/weekend appointments.

Long Term Counseling & Community Referrals

we encourage all students to call to schedule a consultation with a counselor. in this meeting, we will work with you to determine the most appropriate next steps for care.  if an off-campus referral is appropriate (or preferred), we assist with the referral process. we may also provide short-term support while helping you connect to a community resource. referral for longer term counseling is generally a better fit if:

  • you have concerns that are likely to continue throughout your time as a student and you would benefit from having a connection to a consistent provider
  • you require more frequent or specialized counseling than counseling services provides
  • you need supports more immediately than counseling services can provide given our current wait for services
  • your schedule is limited and you are only available for evening/weekend appointments
  • you are needing a service that counseling services does not provide. these include:
    • medication evaluations and management for students who are not being seen for short-term counseling at counseling services
    • documentation for an emotional support animal
    • services required by employers, government agencies, or academic departments (e.g. forensic assessments, mandated/court-ordered treatment)
    • services (other than crisis intervention, consultation, or group) for students who are already receiving ongoing therapy with another mental health provider