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Counseling Services: FAQ

1. How much do counseling sessions cost?

Counseling sessions are of no cost to students that are enrolled in credited classes  at WCTC.  

2. What type of counseling is provided?

WCTC Counselors have experience treating a wide-range of mental health issues. Some common issues include: stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, fitting in/feeling accepted, lack of motivation, transition to college, family/friend conflict, substance use issues, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, grief, and thoughts of harming self or others,

3. How do I make an appointment?

Students interested in making an appointment should call 262-695-3440 and schedule a time that works for them. You can also schedule an appointment by stopping in our offices in C-022.  Your counselor will meet with you and conduct an intake interview. During your first session, your counselor will ask a lot of questions about your situation and your history. After the first session, you will usually return for weekly appointments until the issue is resolved.

4. Do I get to choose the counselor I want to work with?

Yes, you may schedule with any counselor you wish. Click on the Counselors tab above to learn more about each counselor.

5. What is a "Student Support Referral" and why have I been contacted by a WCTC counselor?

WCTC is committed to providing you with all reasonable resources to help you attain your academic goals. To that end, the "Student Support Referral" system has been created. Through this system, instructors or staff at WCTC can submit a referral when they are concerned about your emotional health. When the referral is received, a counselor will attempt to make contact with the student to determine if there are any resources that could improve your emotional health and/or remove barriers to success.

6. Can a student sign a release so that a third-party can know what is going on in counseling?

The content of counseling sessions and a student's participation is protected by state confidentiality laws. As a result, anything that is discussed during a counseling session is held in strict confidence. Students are able to sign a release of information form that allows the counselor to communicate with whomever they choose. Usually, these releases allow counselors to disclose information on a limited scale, either in regard to a specific issue or for a short period of time.

7. Does your office prescribe medication?

No. Students in need of medication will be referred to area professionals that specialize in this type of service.

8. How long does counseling usually last?

The length of counseling varies depending on the severity of the issue, compliance with treatment, and the motivation of the student. Most students experience a decrease in symptoms in 6-8 sessions, however some may continue longer.  If progress is not being made, the counselor will most likely look for resources in the community that may supplement counseling.

9. Will the student's instructors know that they are seeing a WCTC counselor?

No.  Students are free to sign a release that allows the counselor to speak with the instructor but this will not happen without the student's consent.