Fears and Facts about Counseling

FEAR: My problems are too vague, trivial, upsetting, or embarrassing to talk about with a counselor.

  • FACT: Any concern is a valid concern. No matter how big or small your issue, caring, non-judgmental counselors are available to listen and help you work through your struggles.

FEAR: People who go to the Counseling Center are crazy, weak-willed, and/or kind of weird.

  • FACT: Most people experience some emotional distress at various points in their lives, and some people seek counseling as one step in coping with this distress. Going to counseling is certainly not an indication of having a psychiatric disorder. To the contrary, this kind of choice represents a strong, splintering, courageous, mature, and responsible attitude.

FEAR: I should be strong and disciplined enough to solve problems on my own.

  • FACT: Choosing to seek out counseling services when you are experiencing emotional distress reflects wisdom and courage. Professional counseling is one of the benefits available to you as a Duquesne student, so take advantage of your resources!

FEAR: Dealing with emotional issues may stir up thoughts, fears, and feelings that will interfere with my functioning as a student. Plus, I really don't have the time to devote to it.

  • FACT: These possibilities must be weighed against the ongoing and potential hazards of failing to address your concerns. It is a judgment call you must make yourself, though remember that the "ideal" time to deal with your issues may never arrive.

FEAR: People will know that I went to see a counselor.

  • FACT: Counseling sessions are confidential and do not become part of your academic records or transcript. Typically, the only way others would become aware of your choice to see a counselor is if you decide to tell them.

FEAR: I'm too uncomfortable to take the first steps - making an appointment and then talking with a stranger about personal matters seems kind of scary.

  • FACT: That first step (phone call; appointment) is the toughest. A certain amount of discomfort is understandable. Our staff is aware of this and can help ease you through the first steps.


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Information in this site is not intended to replace a one-on-one consultation with a licensed mental health worker.  If you are a student having problems, we urge you to contact us at 412.396.6204 to schedule an appointment.