Is counseling confidential?
Students who come to see one of the counselors are assured of the strictest standards of confidentiality in accordance with the ethical standards of the counseling profession. In particular, everything discussed with your counselor remains confidential and is not shared with other University of Northwestern personnel or family members without expressed written permission by the counselee.
There are some limits to the confidentiality stated above, (e.g. any intent to injure oneself, or another person, or a relatively current situation of child abuse).
Is counseling free?
Yes! Individual counseling is free for traditional undergraduate and adult undergraduate students.
We do charge for assessments.
We also charge for the pre-marital seminar, Taking The Next Step.
Are the counselors Christians?
Yes. As professionally trained, Christian counselors we are committed to providing the highest quality services while being Biblically consistent. Students who pursue counseling at Northwestern can know that that their faith and Christian values will be understood and supported by their counselor.
Are you open during the summer?
Generally speaking, no. We follow the day school calendar, so are closed during the summer months and during all of the breaks, i.e. Christmas, Spring Break, Easter, and Quad Breaks.
*The exception is that the Accelerated (12-month) Nursing Program students have access to limited counseling during the summer months.
A variety of issues may bring an individual to counseling; personal growth, low self-esteem, trying to figure out who they are, depressive symptoms, thoughts of suicide or self-harm, anxiety, excessive worrying, grief regarding a loss, relationship issues or conflicts with family or friends, eating disordered thoughts or behaviors, past abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), addictive behaviors, sexuality issues/concerns, anger management, and spiritual questions/concerns.