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We are located on the second floor of the Danna Student Center, room 208.
All counseling services are provided without charge. Students are responsible for paying for prescription medications.
The University Counseling Center staff is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of licensed mental health professionals. For more information, see our staff page.
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.
Currently enrolled Loyola University New Orleans students, regardless of course load, are eligible to utilize counseling services.
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.
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.
Common concerns include but are not limited to: ADHD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, panic attacks, relationship issues, sexual trauma, and stress management.
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.
A referral to a specialist is provided when deemed necessary by the University Counseling Center providers.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.