About the Service

Going to college can be a time of growth and stress. Many students experience personal or interpersonal challenges during this process and some come face to face with crisis and confusion. 

  Who can use: Enrolled Trinity students

  Cost: No charge

  Confidentiality: This is a confidential service

  Session Limit: No limit

  Session Frequency: Typically every two weeks

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Counseling services are confidential in accordance with the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers, and Texas legal statutes. 

Informed consent policies


What is Individual Counseling?

Individual counseling, whether addressing a mental health concern or an interpersonal or developmental challenge, is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained mental health clinician in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. 


Counseling allows individuals to explore their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.

Common Concerns

During the first session, the counselor will seek to understand the concerns that motivated the student to seek counseling. Common concerns include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Mood instability
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Adjusting to college
  • Identity clarification
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Substance Use

What to expect

  • Prior to the first meeting with a counselor, the student will read about confidentiality and its limits, provide information that will help counseling get off to a fast start, and consent to receive counseling after any questions have been answered.
  • The counselor will ask questions to help the student describe the challenges that brought the student to a counselor and help the student clarify what they are working toward together collaboratively.
  • The student can expect the counselor to be caring, compassionate, and highly competent.

The counselor will expect the client to engage as an equal partner in the collaboration and, when indicated, execute the between-session action plan they developed together. 

The vast majority of clients meet with a counselor for two-to-eight sessions, typically every two-to-three weeks or as needed.