WELCOME to the Office of Spiritual Formation & Counseling Services!
This document will introduce you to the various services offered by SF/CS, the staff, and how to access those services. But first, let's start with a general overview of what counseling is and how it can be helpful to you.
WHAT IS COUNSELING?
Counseling is a collaborative process which involves the develpment of a unique, confidential helping relationship. In this relationship, the counselor acts as a faciliatator in helping the client to understand more accurately him/herself and the world around him/her. Individuals are helped to understand their feelings and behaviors, their relationshops with others, their particular situation, choices, and decisions. Discussion of whatever is important and relevant enables individuals to grow towards greater freedom in making mature choices and taking responsible action with themselves, relationships, family and studies.
WHY DO STUDENTS COME FOR COUNSELING?
Among the most common concerns which students bring to the SF/CS office are:
- Low self-confidence
- Getting along with others
- Puzzling or distressing emotional states
- Self-defeating behaviors
- Controlling use of alcohol & drugs
- Studying more effectively
- Life purpose & direction
- Making better decisions
- Examining career options
WHO ARE THE SF/CS STAFF MEMBERS?
Rev. Nicholas Krommydas, DMin
Dr. Bob Murray
Dr. Ioana Popa
AM I ELIGIBLE?
Any full-or part-time undergraduate and graduate student currently enrolled at HCHC may use our services. Services are free, voluntary, and confidential.
See Confidentiality Statement
HOW DO I SEE A COUNSELOR?
Visit or call SF/CS on Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
During the 1st meeting with a counselor, you will be asked to descibe your concerns and what you hope to gain from counseling. This is an oppourtinity for you and the counselor to decide whether SF/CS is the best place for help. If appropriate, you will be referrred to another resource, on or off campus. Of you may decide to continue counseling and to meet with a staff counselor to work on your concerns, either individually or in a group with others expressing similar concersn. Many students find that the initial interview itself is all they need to explore and clarify their feelings and options.
WHO WILL KNOW?
The SF/CS staff regard your inquiries and discussions as private and confidential. No information of any kind is given to anyone unless you specifically request it in wiriting through a Consent Release Form.
Group Counseling. Counseling in groups offers a broad range of insight and support from peers and professional counselors. Groups allow for decreased isolation and enhanced learning about self and relationships in a trusting environment.
Individual Counseling. Many students meet with a counselor on a 1-1 basis to work through personal concerns. Most students are seen for less than 1 semester.
Couples Counseling. Couples counseling works toward alleviating the strains in a close relationship.
Crisis Counsling. Students in crisis (e.g. suicidal, psychosis, death of a loved one) have available to them same-day services.
Skill-building workshops provide a structured presention of information and skills practice appropriate to the students' personal development and career in HCHC. Faculty members can request a workshop for their lectures. One month notice is requested to prepare adequately.
Students may be introduced to resources which offer more or different services from those availble though SF/CS.
OUTREACH & CONSULTATION
Our work extends beyond our office. Consultation is availble for campus groups and individuals - students, faculty, or staff - to enhance organizationl and interpersonal effectiveness.
We have a wealth of self-help handouts, brochures, and flyers on topics related to student life and more.
WHERE IS THE OFFICE OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION & COUNSELING SERVICES?
2nd Floor in the Administration Building.