Frequently Asked Questions

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About the University Counseling Center

Eligibility and Privacy

Treatment, crisis, and referral

Group therapy

About the University Counseling Center

What are the hours for the University Counseling Center?

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:45pm.

Where is the University Counseling Center located?

We are located on the second floor of the Danna Student Center, room 208.

What is the cost for services?

All counseling services are provided without charge. Students are responsible for paying for prescription medications.

Who are on staff at the University Counseling Center?

The University Counseling Center staff is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of licensed mental health professionals. For more information, see our staff page.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes. The University Counseling Center uses an appointment-only system. Please feel free to visit or call for an appointment (504)865-3835. Any psychological emergency will be seen without an appointment.

Eligibility and Privacy

Who is eligible to receive counseling at the University Counseling Center?

Currently enrolled Loyola University New Orleans students, regardless of course load, are eligible to utilize counseling services.

If I attend Loyola during the fall/spring semester(s), can I be seen at the University Counseling Center if I am not enrolled for the summer semester?

Due to legal policies at Loyola, you must be enrolled and attending classes at the time of your counseling visit. The University Counseling Center can only treat those students who are enrolled at the time of requested care.

What about my privacy?

Strict confidentiality laws are upheld and firmly respected. All counseling records are kept confidential and are not part of a student’s academic record. Copies of counseling records are released only with the express written consent of the student.

Treatment, crisis, and referral

What are mental health concerns that students present at the University Counseling Center?

Common concerns include but are not limited to: ADHD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, panic attacks, relationship issues, sexual trauma, and stress management.

What if I am in crisis and the University Counseling Center is closed?

A counselor is on-call is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you are feeling suicidal or are in crisis, please call (504) 865-3835 and press 1 to speak with the counselor on-call.

What if I need further psychological treatment?

A referral to a specialist is provided when deemed necessary by the University Counseling Center providers.

Group Therapy

How do I join a group at the University Counseling Center?

If you are a current client and are interested in attending group therapy, bring this up with your counselor.

If you are not a client, call or visit the University Counseling Center to set up an intake session and make it clear that you are interested in joining a group. Since the groups we offer are closed (i.e., new members cannot join once the group has started) and time limited, we may not have an opening right away but we'll let you know when the next group is starting.

Once you have completed the intake process, you will have a 30-minute group orientation meeting with one of the two group facilitators. During this session you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the group and will be able to clarify your goals for attending the group with one of the facilitators. This also allows you to become acquainted with one of the group facilitators before the group starts.

What is group therapy?

In group therapy, four to eight people meet face-to-face with one or two group therapists to talk about what is troubling them. Members give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. This interaction gives group members an opportunity to try out other ways of behaving and to learn more about the way they interact with others. What makes the situation unique is that it is a closed and safe system. The importance of confidentiality (not discussing what members talk about or disclose in group outside of the group) is stressed with group members and all members sign a contract to maintain the confidentiality of the group. Members work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly within the group setting. The first few sessions of group usually focus on the establishment of trust. Group trust is achieved when all members make a commitment to the group.

Why would someone choose to become part of a group?

Group therapy, like individual therapy, is intended to assist people who would like to gain support, increase self-awareness, and learn new ways to cope with personal and interpersonal challenges.

Group therapy can be especially helpful for people interested in exploring their interpersonal style and enhancing their approach to relationships in areas such as trust, intimacy, anger, conflict, assertiveness, risk taking and improving self-esteem.

Sometimes group therapy is the most effective way of learning and growing. Here are some reasons why people may choose group therapy:

  • We often learn most about ourselves when we honestly share our experiences and emotions with others.
  • We learn about ourselves when we get feedback from others.
  • In group, we tend to discover that we are not alone in how we feel.
  • Group enables members to try out new behaviors.
  • In group we begin to see our "usual" patterns of relating to people.
  • Group can afford us the opportunity to "be real" with others in an environment of safety and respect.

What do I talk about in group therapy?

Members talk about whatever is troubling them or whatever brought them into therapy in the first place. Because unexpressed feelings, fears or anxieties are a major reason why people experience difficulties in relationships, sharing your feelings in the group affects how much you will benefit from group.

How much should I share in group?

First and formost, you control what, how much, and when you share information with the group. Most people are anxious about beginning to talk in group. This anxiety has the potential of silencing our reactions, undermining our feelings, and hindering our needs from being met.

Within a few sessions people typically find that they are able to talk in the group and receive support from other members as they begin to share. As trust develops, we become more comfortable with taking risks, we are better able to accept warmth and to present our self, and our needs, to others.

What can I do to get the most out of group therapy?

  • Be yourself. Start from where you are, not where you think others want you to be. Being as genuine as you can will allow others to help you more directly.
  • Participate as you feel comfortable. The more willing you are to participate and commit to the group, the more likely it is that you will benefit from it.
  • Think about the goals you have for attending the group and work actively towards change. Remember you can always ask the group for help when you feel stuck.
  • Don't press yourself to reveal more than you are comfortable. Respect your own boundaries, however gently challenge yourself to take more risks with self-disclosure. The group setting is an excellent place to experiment with different ways of behaving and expressing yourself. By taking risks you can discover what works for you and what does not.
  • Remember that it is OK to talk about yourself and concerns. Many people struggle with the worry that their concerns are not important enough to share or believe that others in the group need more time than they do. Make sure to remember that your concerns are just as important as the rest of the groups'.
  • Give others feedback. This allows you to practice being direct, honest, and assertive, but also allows other group members to see how they are perceived. The best feedback expresses your thoughts and feelings and avoids advice or solutions unless specifically requested.
  • Be open to receiving feedback. The best way to get feedback is to request it.
  • Be patient with yourself and the group. It will take time for you to feel comfortable in the group and it takes time for a group to develop trust.
  • When you are not in group, try to employ the new behaviors or ideas you received in group. If you received a take home exercise, try to work on it so you can share with the group how completing the exercise went for you when you meet again. You will benefit most from group if you take what you learn in it and apply it in your day-to-day life.