Counseling Services FAQs

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Why would I see a counselor?

Individuals engage in counseling services for many reasons. Counseling can provide a safe space for students that is objective and confidential allowing for in-depth processes of mental health symptoms, experiences, thoughts, and feelings. College is a time of great transition, identity exploration, and value setting. Amongst all of this great change it can be beneficial in seeking support in navigating the waters of change while being away from family, friends, and home. Different seasons call for different storms; the Campus Counselor is here to help you navigate through these seasons and flourish emotionally during your time as a Bulldog.

How much does counseling cost?

Counseling is free to all Barton College students.

Do I need to be referred?

No. You may call the counseling center at any time to schedule an appointment. Your professors, RA, area director, or other faculty or staff members may recommend you make an appointment based on their interactions with you; but you do not require a referral.

Can anyone make me go to counseling?

Counseling is totally voluntary, except in cases in which it is deemed necessary as part of disciplinary action.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Simply call the counseling office at 252-399-6586, email, or visit All counseling services are by appointment only. Walk-in visits are not available at this time.

Will my friends and family know I’m talking to the counselor?

No. Your visits with the counselor are strictly confidential. Confidentiality will be nullified only if the counselor deems you are a harm to yourself or others, if you disclose information regarding child or elder abuse, or if legal proceedings require disclosure of your counseling sessions.

How does counseling work?

As an individual engaging in counseling services you will do most of the talking, and the counselor will ask questions to help you express your thoughts and feelings. The goal is that, as you identify your feelings and explore why you may feel the way you do, you and the counselor will gain clarity on your particular situation. The counselor will also teach you specific techniques and/or assign specific activities to help you overcome your presenting issue. Each counseling session is focused on you and what your needs are, so it is your responsibility to tell the counselor if there is something specific you do or do not want to work on in that session.

How often would I see the counselor?

You and the counselor will decide together how often you should meet. Usually, you meet once a week or once every other week.

How long does counseling last?

This can vary based on the individual and the presenting problem. You and the counselor will decide together when you have met your goals and no longer need regular counseling sessions. Some issues can be resolved in 2-8 sessions while other issues may require ongoing supportive counseling. You have the right to discontinue counseling at any time or request a referral to another provider.

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