University Counseling and Testing Service

Counseling Services

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The counseling staff of the University Counseling & Testing Service are available to assist students who are encountering personal, social and emotional difficulties while enrolled in at least one credit at Idaho State University.

If interested in counseling, students can drop into University Counseling & Testing Service at Graveley Hall South Room 351 to fill out initial paperwork and make appointment for an assessment, given our availability. We also have a second location at the ISU Idaho Falls Campus. Click here for more information about services in Idaho Falls.

Eligibility

All students enrolled for the current semester are eligible for free confidential services. Couples are eligible for services provided that one of the partners is enrolled for the current semester.

During times of high demand for counseling services and limited availability of staff, students who are not currently at high risk will be placed on a wait list and contacted as soon as there is an opening. Students placed on the wait list will also be provided with referrals for other low cost/no cost counseling services in the community.

During the assessment, students and their assessment counselor discuss the student's needs and concerns and decide upon an appropriate plan which might include individual, couples and/or group therapy. When a student's needs are different from the services provided at our office, the counselor will assist the student with a referral. Call or stop in today for more information (phone: 282-2130).

Individual Counseling

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Counseling is available for students who need to talk to someone regarding life concerns; including, but not limited to, depressed or anxious mood, relationship problems, academic difficulties, stress, sudden changes in personality, sleep or eating difficulties, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, sexual identity concerns, self-destructive behaviors, thoughts of harming oneself or someone else, etc.

Couple's Counseling

Couple's counseling helps partners learn to communicate their issues in a way that helps each partner feel heard and aims to increase each partner's understanding of the problems in the relationship and to find possible solutions.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is one recommended therapeutic treatment for students dealing with personal problems such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, and life transitions/ adjustments. Group therapy offers support for personal problems, insight into why such problems may be a primary concern, and health ways to resolve these concerns.

Therapy groups are facilitated by University Counseling & Testing therapists, usually have between 5-8 group members, and meet weekly for a set number of sessions (e.g., for 8 weeks). Most groups are open to both men and women, while some groups may be restricted to one gender.

For more information about how to get involved in the next available group, call University Counseling & Testing Service at 282-2130 and ask for our Group Coordinator, Rick Pongratz, Ph.D., LPC, e-mail Rick at pongrich@isu.edu, or just drop-in our office during business hours.


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