Worried Parent

"I think my roommate may be anorexic and I don't know what to do. I'm concerned"

"It wasn't so hard in high school. I'm not sure I picked the right major."

"My parents recently divorced and they're in different cities now. I don't know what to do about the holidays or where to go over the summer."

Our young adults are at a point in their development where they often feel compelled to demonstrate to their parents that they are in control, self-reliant, and happy. And, most of the time, they are. But, over the course of their four years of study, 14 out of every 100 students will seek counseling from Counseling Services. In four years, life usually brings its share of experiences - exhilarating, discouraging, and everything in between.

Even when there is open communication and support from parents, a student may feel the need for something more.

Others come because they realize counseling can also be used as an instrument for self-exploration and growth. Students come to Counseling Services to discuss romantic problems, difficulties their friends are experiencing, career decisions, even the welfare of their parents and siblings.

Jacksonville State University's Counseling Services is staffed by counselors that are sensitive to the many issues affecting college students today. The choice of services - individual, couples, or group counseling, - is made by students in consultation with their initial counselor.

All services are strictly confidential, as regulated by Alabama mental health laws. This means that we cannot disclose any information about students to their professors, deans, parents, or anyone else without the students' consent. However, we are always willing to talk to parents in a general, non-specific way about any issue concerning the psychological health of their student. Long-distance parenting can be a challenge, and providing consultative services is part of our daily work.

Most students are served within one to five visits. Referrals to resources outside of the University are made for students that may need a longer period of support, or for those that have difficulties better served by highly-specialized services or a coordinated care network.

Whether your student is troubled or simply trying to get the most out of college life, we are ready to help.

Counseling Services

147 Trustee Circle

(256) 782-5475

Monday - Friday 8:00 to 4:30pm

Adapted from an article written by Leah M. Fygetakis PH.D.
Director, Counseling Center - Boston University