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Counseling and Problem Solving

The Center for Personal Development is here to offer counseling and psychotherapy to students who have the capacity to resolve their own problems through collaboration with a counselor. While at Methodist, you will undoubtedly go through times of transition, change and growth. While your main emphasis is on academics and learning, it is only natural to encounter problems from time to time concerning struggles with common illnesses like anxiety and depression as well as coping with stress, adapting to change, forming relationships, and balancing work and play. Your counseling with us will be about working toward goals that you set for yourself. We will listen to you and help you to become clear about your own goals. Together we will develop a plan and use methods which will help you move forward toward meeting the goals you set for yourself. Periodically, we will stop and assess our progress and our plan.

Our counseling approach is a supportive, relationship-based approach and we often employ cognitive-behavioral strategies to facilitate change. If you are interested, we will be happy to provide you with more information about the theory and research behind our approach. We always welcome any questions you have.

Remember, anything that is a problem to you is an appropriate topic to bring to a counseling session. We may be able to help just by answering a few questions. Don't feel as though you must commit to lengthy psychotherapy. If, on the other hand, you need therapy and/or medication management support, we are qualified to help you. Sometimes students are deeply concerned about how to help a friend who is struggling with a serious issue. We also offer support, information and collaboration in those situations as well.