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Counseling Center Offers Variety of Services
Exponent article by Dr. Brian Kassar
Counseling & Psychological Services
Did you know that MSU has a counseling center? Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) is available to serve students, faculty, and staff regarding mental health issues, and last year they provided educational and counseling services to approximately 2000 students.
The main service provided by CPS includes counseling for personal and psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, academic concerns, family/relationship issues, substance use, sexuality, or identity exploration. Virtually any issue you'd like to explore for personal growth or to improve your functioning can be addressed. Counseling is FREE to eligible students and CONFIDENTIAL. Coming to counseling doesn't mean that you're "weak" or "crazy;" it just means that you are choosing to explore a problem and optimize your functioning. Your counselor will not "analyze you" or tell you what to do, but s/he will work with you to help you reach whatever goals you may have.
Counseling can be done with an individual counselor or in one of the many counseling groups. This semester's group counseling topics include anger management, recovering from bulimia, dream interpretation, ending relationships, sexual abuse survivors, a women's group, and "general" groups. Group counseling is beneficial because being with others who are experiencing similar issues allows you to receive additional support and feedback. Groups are small (5-8 people), confidential, and facilitated by two counselors.
In addition to counseling services, CPS provides an array of educational and informational workshops. Professional staff are available to come to residence halls, student organizations, classrooms, or academic departments to speak on topics such as time/stress management, mental health issues, diversity, men's/women's development, etc. They also sponsor the "Coping with College" and "Hot Topics" workshops, held throughout the semester. Check the CPS website and campus calendar for upcoming seminars.
CPS is located in 211 Swingle Hall, adjacent to the SUB and above the health center. For more information regarding counseling services, workshop topics, and upcoming seminars, feel free to call 994-4531, stop in, or visit their website at http://www.montana.edu/wwwcc.