Starting a new chapter in life, particularly away at college, is not an easy feat. There’s a new schedule to adhere to; classes and exams take up most of your day; and relationships, studying and extra-curricular activities consume your life after school. Not to mention, you’re meeting brand-new friends along the way!
Jumping into this new normal is an amazing experience, but it can be difficult and stressful at times. To help combat these ever-changing parts of life as a new student, counseling is a fantastic tool. But don’t let the word “counseling” keep you from picking up the phone. SELF Magazine’s article, “6 Things Every College Student Should Know About Therapy” takes a powerful look into the life of a college student and why it’s OK to ask for help.
- A crisis isn’t the only time to seek help.
A 2017 annual report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) at Pennsylvania State University noted that counseling can help students manage everything from anxiety and depression to substance abuse and body image. Even if you’re experiencing homesickness, a difficult class or a tough relationship, talking to a counselor might help keep the stress at bay and give you tools for managing life’s obstacles.
- It’s ok to keep your therapy hush-hush.
Try not to let cultural stigmas surrounding the word “therapy” block your decision to schedule a visit. Therapists and counselors are obligated by law to protect your information (unless he or she feels like you may harm yourself or others, in which case the necessary steps will be taken to promote safety). This is why telehealth is a great way to utilize a counselor. You don’t have to be seen walking into an office, but rather can take the call from the comfort of your couch!
- Don’t worry about ongoing appointments.
Counseling doesn’t have to be every Tuesday at 4 p.m. You can seek help from a counselor at any time you feel it’s needed with TimelyMD programs. On that note, be sure you’re comfortable with your therapist or counselor, and that he or she is a right fit for you.
- You could get free (or cheaper than you think) visits.
Campus health centers are usually stellar at offering students a certain amount of free sessions. And even once these free sessions are up, the rate might be cheaper than you think. TimelyMD offers free visits for campuses we serve.
- Get connected with other resources on campus.
Think of this as a huge favor for yourself! Making an appointment with a counselor or therapist is just one step closer to finding out about all of the other resources housed on campus that are available to you.
- One small step leads to one big accomplishment.
It’s empowering to take one small step (making an appointment or just seeking help) when it comes to stress management and counseling. Remember, your health and emotional wellness are the most important things in your life, and they should always remain a priority. Kudos to you for taking the first step!