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Personal Counseling Services
Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some of the most commonly asked questions about our services. Please contact our office if you have concerns that are not addressed in this list.

Are there charges for services?

Enrolled students, faculty and staff may receive as many sessions as necessary for free.

I don't want people to think I'm "crazy!"

You're not "crazy." You're proactive and responsible for taking the steps necessary to seek help!

I'm not doing too bad. At what point should I make an appointment?

We recommend making an appointment before issues lead to poor grades, strained relationships, increased stress or other challenges. If issues do begin to affect your daily functioning, an appointment may provide an outlet for you as well as provide resources.

Do I have to make an appointment?

Scheduling ahead allows you to choose a day and time that works best for you. Same day appointments are often available. Crisis issues will be dealt with immediately.

Who will I see at my appointment?

You will see a licensed professional or a supervised intern. All staff will take your concerns seriously. We provide a nonjudgmental, empathetic place for you to share your concerns and work toward your goals.

What can I expect during my first session?

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to complete the needed paperwork. You will then have time during the first session to address your areas of concern. The clinician will ask additional questions in order to get a better understanding of your concern.

How long are sessions?

Sessions are typically 50 minutes but can be made flexible. Staff will work with your class schedule.

What happens if I'm late?

Without advanced warning, the session will be considered canceled after 15 minutes. Sessions can be rescheduled for another day.

How private and confidential are therapy sessions?

Information shared during therapy at the Kelly Center is held in strict confidence. If you are 18 or older, information cannot be released to anyone (including your parents) without your written permission. See our information on Client Rights and Responsibilities for the few exceptions to confidentiality and privacy.

Can you tell me whether or not my son/daughter is using Kelly Center services or has contacted the Kelly Center?

We understand that you are very concerned about the welfare of your son or daughter. However, the Kelly Center adheres to the strictest standards of confidentiality. We do not provide information to anyone (including parents) regarding a client's visit to the Kelly Center, participation in services, scheduled appointments or contact with the Kelly Center without the client's written permission. See our information on Client Rights and Responsibilitiesfor the few exceptions to confidentiality and privacy. We also have a special section on our website specifically for parents.

Who goes to the Kelly Center?

Students, faculty and staff looking for information on substance abuse, eating issues, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, adjustment issues, relationship problems, grief, academic concerns and/or learning issues utilize the services of the Kelly Center. Some people just need a place to vent.

Do you provide couples or roommate counseling?

Yes. The Kelly Center can provide a safe environment in which couples or roommates can benefit from counseling. Couples therapy can address a variety of concerns but is not specifically for premarital counseling. Couples counseling may be provided as long as one member of the couple is a registered FHSU student.

Does the Kelly Center provide legal advice or help in child custody evaluations?

The Kelly Center does not provide legal advice but has a number of resources available.

Can I get medication at the Kelly Center?

No medication is given out at the Kelly Center. The Kelly Center does provide referrals when needed.

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