Are counseling sessions confidential?
Yes. They are not part of your academic record and are held with the same level of privacy as medical records.
Do I have to pay for them?
No. Sessions are free to students who are taking at least 6 hours and/or pay the health fee. If you are taking few hours, you can opt-in by paying the minimal health fee.
Can my family members get free counseling?
Yes, as long as you are present. Couples counseling is also available.
What types of issues are addressed in counseling?
Counseling can help with a number of concerns students may be experiencing, including (to name a few) anxiety, mood problems, grief, family/relationship issues, trauma recovery, substance abuse, parenting, academic difficulties, interpersonal problems, and severe mental illness. It can be short-term or ongoing while you are a student.
How can I access services?
Call the counseling services line for the Portland-Metro campus at 503-821-1313. You can also stop by the Associate Provost's Office and schedule with Brenda OR you can come up to the Counseling Office in room 235 (2nd floor) and, if the door is open, I’m happy to help. Email isn’t considered a confidential means of communication, so it’s not recommended.
What do I do if I’m in crisis?
Come by Room 235 to see if the counselor is available. If not, call Student Health at 541-885-1800. Tell them you are in crisis and need to talk to someone. If it’s after-hours and you need to speak to someone right away, contact the Clackamas County crisis line at 503-655-8585. Crisis contact information and procedures are also posted outside the counseling office door.
When should I seek counseling?
You can begin counseling at any time, though most seek counseling when personal problems are hindering general happiness or success in any area of life. The earlier the better!
Is the counseling I would receive on campus similar to counseling out in the community?
Yes. The counselor on campus is a Licensed Professional Counselor which requires rigorous education and experience equivalent to what is required in the community, with the addition of experience counseling college students and knowledge of Oregon Tech.
How do I find out more information?
Come up to the 2nd floor, turn left before the ASOIT Office, go through the glass doors and talk to Brenda in the office right in front of you. She can help with information and also make appointments. You may also come by the counseling office in room 235 and talk directly with Leanne (the counselor). If the door is open, you are welcome to come in. You may also call the Counseling Services line at 503-821-1313. Consultations are also available if you want to learn more about counseling and how it might help you.