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Scope of Care
The Counseling Center provides brief, solution-focused therapeutic interventions to UTC students. Common issues include:
- Adjustment Issues
- Relationship Problems
- Crisis Intervention
The mission of the UTC Counseling Center (UTCCC) is to enhance the mental health, interpersonal relationships, and education performance of UTC students to promote a healthy learning community.
Counseling Center Values
The staff of the UTC Counseling Center embrace the unique identities of each student. We are committed to providing culturally competent counseling that is inclusive of our diverse student body in a safe, affirming space. We give consideration to the unique experiences and concerns of LGBT+ students, racial and ethnic minorities, international students, veterans, differently-abled students, and students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and religious/spiritual beliefs.
Additionally, we will work with students to obtain appropriate support in the community, if required.
- Accessing Services
If you have never been to the Counseling Center, the first step in accessing services is to schedule an initial screening appointment, also known as an intake. Intakes are scheduled for 30 minutes. To schedule an intake:
- Call the Counseling Center at 423-425-4438 and ask to schedule an intake or simply come into the Counseling Center from Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Arrive at the Counseling Center at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete intake documentation
If you feel that your needs are more immediate or you are having an emergency (ex. thinking about harming yourself or other people):
- Walk into the Counseling Center office
- No appointment is needed for students who have critical needs or who are in distress
Location: The Counseling Center is located on the third floor of the University Center, Room 338.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Crisis After Hours: 423-425- CARE (2273). If you are having an emergency and live off campus, CALL 911.
- Benefits of Services
The Counseling Center services are available to any currently enrolled students. A typical treatment course includes:
When you meet with a counselor, you will develop a treatment plan appropriate for you. Some people may go to group counseling only. Others may want to utilize individual sessions. Your treatment is tailored to meet your needs. For those requiring a higher level of care or wanting support outside of the center, the Counseling Center will refer students to community providers.
- Treatment Process
Intakes occur daily between 9:00am and 3:30pm. You will meet with a professionally trained clinician who will get to know you, discuss what brought you to the center, and figure out how we can best serve you.
Through individual therapy, you and your clinician will explore your issues, problem-solve, and collaborate on treatment goals. It is our hope that within a short period of time that you will have the skills and abilities to cope effectively with your issues.
Group therapy is facilitated by counselors and has the added benefit of peer support in a confidential setting. In group therapy, you will be interacting with your peers and learning more about yourself. Some are psychoeducational and clinician led (ex. learning about how to handle stress, practicing mindfulness skills) while others may be more process-oriented and facilitated by a the Counseling Center clinician.
Clinicians provide crisis support for a variety of reasons including these emergencies:
- Thoughts of suicide/hurting others
- Intentions of harming self/others
- Psychosis (ex. hallucinations, delusions)
- Sudden traumas (ex. sexual assault)
- Additional Service
Referrals for psychiatric services and medications may be provided, as appropriate. These services may incur an additional cost not covered by the student health fee. Please ask your clinician if you’d like to know more about what psychiatric services may be available to you.
The Counseling Center staff members provide regular support and provide mental health programming to the UTC community. If you have a potential outreach activity and would like to collaborate with us, then please complete an Outreach Request Form.