Counseling Service...What We Do - Who We Serve

The Counseling Service had another busy year!  The charts that follow will tell you about our individual counseling clients and the services we provided to them.  In addition to our direct clinical services to students, we also spent our time consulting with faculty, staff, RAs, friends and parents who were concerned about specific students, helping students connect with off campus mental health professionals for specialized or longer term services, and providing training and education around student mental health issues.

The chart below depicts the total individual counseling clients seen at the Counseling Service for each of the past nine academic years.

Individual Clients

The chart below depicts the total number of individual counseling clients as a percentage of fall enrollment each year.

Clients Fall Enrollment 

The Counseling Service generally aims to work with most clients in individual counseling for a semester or less and to refer students who need longer term treatment to off campus mental health resources.  The average number of sessions per client in 2013-14 was 5.0.

Sessions per Client

Clients waited on average 2.3 business days from their initial request for counseling to their first counseling appointment.  The following chart depicts the distribution of intake wait times.  Academic breaks are counted in the number of days.  Appointment that occur on the same day s the student completed the intake materials have a wait time of 0 days.  Longer wait times tend to occur due to intervening academic break periods.

Intake Wait

At the end of counseling, counselors indicated the problems that were the primary focus of counseling work for each client.  Counselors could check more than one problem per client and did so for most clients.  The chart below depicts the percentage of clients for whom each problem was a primary focus of counseling.

Primary Problems

The chart below depicts our percentage of male and female clients.  The fall 2013 student body was 43.2% male and 56.8% female.  Males continue to be under-represented in counseling, as is the case in college and university counseling centers across the U.S.

Client Sex

Client Academic Status

U.S. students of color comprised 8.0% of enrolled students in fall 2013 and international students comprised 5.8%.  Please note that the chart below groups together clients who were U.S. residents and those who were international students.

Client Race 

The referral sources depicted in the chart below were those most frequently identified by clients as having encouraged them to seek counseling. Clients could endorse more than one referral source and often did so.

Referral Sources