Counseling Center

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to see a counselor about a personal problem. Do the counselors do only career counseling or do they to personal counseling? Counselors at Missouri Western do a great deal of counseling. They assist students with any personal problem which may be interfering with their academic pursuits.

I can no longer afford therapy at the clinic where I am going now. Could I start seeing a counselor here? Counselors at Missouri Western do not provide long-term therapy. Typically, the counseling sessions run from 5 to 8 weeks. Counselors will assist students with needs for longer-term therapy to find a suitable treatment program in the community.

I don’t know what to take next semester. Could a counselor help me plan a schedule? Counselors do not usually help students plan schedules. Incoming students may want to talk with a peer counselor about programs and classes. Enrolled students should see their advisor for this type of help.

Will what I say to the counselor be held confidential? Counselors do not share information about students with anyone except other counseling staff. For example, if the faculty member or coach refers a student, information will not be shared with the referring party without the consent of the student. An exception to this policy occurs if the student is deemed a danger to themselves or someone else. At this point, a counselor has the duty to warn and this will usually involve sharing confidential information. Counseling records may also be subpoenaed.

I have been seeing one counselor but I would like to see another. Can I do that? Counselors avoid accepting a client that is seeing another counselor without the permission of the initial counselor. Students who wish to see a different counselor need to secure permission from their present counselor.

I want to declare a major. How do I do that? Persons wishing to declare a major need to go to the department that houses the major they want to declare.

I am interested in marital counseling. My spouse is not a student here. Would a counselor see us both? Missouri Western counselors do not see spouses or other family members that do not attend Missouri Western.