Getting Started

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Welcome! We are glad you are here and we hope this information helps you find out more about the Counseling Center and how to make your first appointment.

THE COUNSELING CENTER IS CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER

The Counseling Center will open with regular hours the first day of classes, Monday September 1, 2014.

Parent and Student Orientation: Counseling Staff will be at the Welcome Center Tent on Thursday August 28th, 8:00am-1:30pm. The Counseling Center will be open from 2:00-4:00pm that day, and on Friday August 29th, from 10:00am-12:00pm, and 1:00-3:00pm. Please drop by if you would like to find out more about our resources or talk about any counseling concerns you may have.

Hours and Location

The Counseling Center offers short term counseling for enrolled Westmont College students, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are five part-time licensed therapists, and one half time Doctoral Clincial Trainee. Together we make up the equivalent of two and one half full time staff.

The Counseling Center is located on the lower part of campus next to Armington Hall, in the same building as the Health Center.

The Counseling Center is closed for all student holdays and breaks.

May Term: The Counseling Center is closed and counselors are not on campus. For enrolled May Term students, counseling appointments are possible but students must arrange them in advance. Contact the office manager by phone, email, or in person (during the May Term Health Center hours), to arrange an appointment.

NEW FOR FALL 2014: ELECTRONIC FORMS (Accessible September 1):

How to Schedule an Appointment

Go to the Counseling Center Forms link, and click on Request a Counseling Appointment. Once you complete your forms the information will be sent directly to office manager Claire Cetti. You may do this on your personal computer or on an ipad available in the Counseling Center. If you need assistance, come in, call, or email Claire @565-6003 or ccetti@westmont.edu. Once Claire has received your information she will be in contact with you within 2 working days.

You will need your Student ID Number everytime you fill out a form. Be sure to have it with you.

If your need for counseling is urgent, please notify our office manager immediately. Arrangements for an appointment will be made as soon as possible.

How to Prepare for Your First Appointment

Please complete the Client Intake Information forms prior to your appointment: You may fill them out on your own computer, or plan to arrive 30-40 minutes prior to your appointment and fill them out in the waiting room. Filling out your forms takes time and is the beginning of your assessment process. Take your time, and please respond to all of the applicable questions.

If you arrive at the time of your scheduled appointment and have to complete your intake information during the time of your appointment, your appointment may have to be rescheduled.

It can be helpful to read Frequently Asked Questions prior to your first appointment to learn more about the Counseling process.

PLEASE PROVIDE 24-HOUR NOTICE FOR CANCELLED APPOINTMENTS, so the office manager may reschedule the time for another student.

What does Short Term Counseling Mean?

Short term counseling means that sessions are limited to once a week for up to 8 sessions per semester, lasting about 45-50 minutes per session. Sessions will be scheduled consecutively unless otherwise arranged with the therapist. A "no-show" or late cancellation will count as one of the eight sessions. Our goal will be to provide an appropriate, focused course of therapy within the given period of time. Referrals and resources will be provided for those students whose needs extend beyond that given time.

For more information please read Counseling Center Policies and Consent for Counseling which is included in your intake information.

Payment

Except for outside referrals, Counseling Services are covered by Westmont Student Fees.