What is Counseling?

About Counseling

Counseling is a process that can help people identify more effective strategies both to cope with difficult situations and to achieve their goals. While some people who seek counseling have chronic emotional difficulties, most are dealing with normal life events and are simply in need of an objective listener- someone who doesn’t judge and who can help them see new alternatives.

College life can be challenging and is often stressful. Students experience those challenges in a number of different ways: difficulties adjusting to college, confusion in deciding on a major or career path, struggles in relationships, or making friends, or getting along with a roommate. Many students feel anxious, depressed, confused, or overwhelmed at some point during their college experience and need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem beyond their control. For college students, that help may come from friends, family members, significant others, etc., but in some cases, help is needed from a trained professional.

When to Seek Counseling?

While counseling might be helpful in numerous situations, there are some conditions in which we would strongly encourage you to seek counseling services:

  • You are unhappy on most days or feel a sense of hopelessness
  • You worry excessively or are constantly on edge
  • You are unable to concentrate on your schoolwork or other activities
  • You are unable to sleep at night or constantly feel tired
  • You have experienced a change in your appetite or your weight
  • You have experienced a loss (e.g., a relationship breakup, a parent’s death)
  • You have increased your use of alcohol or other drugs (including cigarettes)
  • You feel overwhelmed by what is going on in your life
  • You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else

Common Presenting Issues

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Alcohol/Substance Use and Abuse
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Career Issues
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Eating Issues/Body Image
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss
  • Loneliness
  • Relationship Issues
  • Roommate Issues
  • Selfesteem
  • Selfinjury
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexuality Identity Issues
  • Suicidal Thoughts/Behaviors
  • Time Management and Study Skills
  • Traumatic Experiences


The Counseling Center offers 24-hour crisis (emergency) counseling for enrolled students or for those who are concerned about an enrolled student. While most counseling services are scheduled on an appointment basis, there may be crisis situations that require immediate or same-day intervention.

You can call the Counseling Center at (603) 646-9442, or come to our office (2nd floor of Dick's House), and inform our staff that you have an urgent concern and need to speak with the Counselor On-Call.

A crisis might involve:

  • Thoughts and/or plans to hurt yourself or someone else
  • Engaging in a behavior that is life-threatening
  • If you have been assaulted, physically or sexually

Accessing the Counselor On-Call After Hours/Weekends/Holidays:

  • Call the Dick's House Nurse Advice line: (603) 646-9440 (fall, winter, spring terms)
  • Call Safety & Security: (603) 646-4000 (summer term, term breaks)