Counseling Services

Personal Counseling

The college years are traditionally a time when students experience increased personal growth and maturity through their encounters with different people, values, and concepts. Learning to balance the resources of time, energy, and freedom with academic responsibilities and interpersonal relationships can be difficult for even the most successful students.

The staff of Counseling Services provide short-term individual counseling and psychiatric services to assist students in identifying, assessing, and resolving concerns which may interfere with their academic, social and emotional growth and development. Among the concerns commonly presented by students are adjustment issues, relationships, alcohol/drug abuse, eating concerns, emotional problems, and sexuality issues.

Group counseling is a form of treatment that allows participants to learn about themselves and their relationships. It’s an ideal space to address personal difficulties because these are often shared by other members of the group.

Group counseling is often the treatment of choice for the various concerns we face.

SMU Counseling Services offer a variety of groups and workshops in both time-limited and on-going formats.

Research shows that group therapy is one of the most effective and efficient methods for addressing concerns common to people seeking counseling services. Not only do group participants receive tremendous understanding, support and encouragement from others facing similar issues, but they also gain different perspectives, ideas and viewpoints on those matters.

All groups are conducted in a confidential manner, similar to individual counseling.

A crisis is any situation in which a person needs immediate assistance in order to adequately cope. Our mental health professionals make every effort to respond quickly to a student in crisis. In most cases, the student can talk to a professional immediately. Students in crisis do not need an appointment and can come to the main desk at the Counseling Services (214-768-2277). After hours, call 214-768-2277 for the counselor on-call.

Personal counseling is provided for a variety of concerns, but particular attention is paid to issues such as relationships, unplanned pregnancies, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual orientation.

It is helpful to talk to someone you trust to receive needed support and feedback in the case of sexual harassment. Many victims of sexual harassment feel ashamed, angry, even frightened, and have a tendency to blame themselves for the incident. The Office of Psychological Services for Women can be particularly helpful if you need emotional support, clarification about the nature of the incident, and information on University policies and procedures.

Please call 911 for the appropriate police department and contact the Office of Psychological Services for Women at 214-768-4795. If you have just been raped or sexually assaulted, it is important for you to get help immediately.

Even if the assault occurred some time ago, sexual assault can continue to affect you emotionally and physically. You may be experiencing a variety of feelings: shock, denial, fear, numbness, mistrust, powerlessness, and/or self-blame. These feelings may cause you to behave in ways you normally would not. You may be experiencing disturbances in your sleeping patterns, and your eating habits may change. You may find that you do not wish to be alone or that you fear strangers.

Remember that recovery takes time and that counseling can help you deal with these issues and concerns.

  • For counseling appointment, call 214-768-4795.