The Student Counseling Center offers a full range of counseling services at no charge to all UT students who meet eligibility requirements.
Why do students seek counseling services?
Student Counseling Center services are a confidential process designed to help you address your concerns, make better decisions, learn effective coping strategies, improve your personal skills and acquire a better awareness of your thoughts, feelings and actions. While in counseling, you may also examine beliefs and ways of thinking about the world, reflect on patterns of behavior, increase personal confidence, and become more aware of the needs of others. Most students find only a few sessions are needed to address their concerns. If longer term counseling is needed, your therapist will discuss this with you.
Staff members provide a variety of services for students, faculty and staff. Presenting problems range from mild situational stress to acute psychiatric conditions and chronic dysfunctions. Clinical services are provided on a time-limited basis with a 12 session limit per academic year for individual and couples services, depending upon the student need, time of semester and expertise of available clinicians. We also facilitate access and coordinate care with community providers, specialists and other treatment modalities to support clinical care.
- Brief Consultation Sessions to Get Started
- Individual, couples and group counseling and psychotherapy
- Crisis Services
- Psychiatric Services
- Psychoeducational workshops and consultation
- Self-Help Services
- Referrals to on- and off-campus mental health services
Accessing any of our services begins with brief consultation (or “triage”) session with a therapist to help you get started and/or figure out which services are most suitable. Please review this sheet prior to contacting us or coming by the Center, so that we can arrange the appropriate type of service and appointment. A brief consultation can be set up by stopping by our office during regular office hours or calling at 865-974-2196. The first visit is typically about 20 minutes but students must complete some background and registration paperwork beforehand, so please be sure to arrive at least 20 minutes early. If you need a parking pass, you’ll want to allow time for that as well.
Once you arrive at the Student Counseling Center, check in with the reception staff. You will be asked to complete our initial paperwork (this takes most folks about 20 minutes). After you have completed the paperwork, you will see a therapist. He or she will meet with you to address any immediate concerns and discuss with you how Student Counseling can assist you going forward. This may be group, individual, or couples therapy, or other services which may be beneficial. The triage therapist may recommend additional services such as psychiatric services, a workshop, biofeedback, or other services on campus or in the community. No problem is too big or too small; we are here to help you get started and look forward to serving you!