Counseling Center Core Principles
Students who come to the Counseling Center are typically in some kind of emotional pain, distress or confusion. We strive to provide an empathic, nonjudgmental environment where we listen to students carefully and without preconceptions and where students will feel heard and validated.
Effective mental health interventions always involve good collaboration between the counselor and the student. We strive to ensure that our clients are equal participants in their therapy, that they understand their treatment plan and that the relationships between students and Counseling Center staff are open and respectful.
As counselors, we take our responsibility to provide expert care seriously. We take responsibility for our continued growth as professionals. We are open about our professional credentials and training and we use consultation services as needed and appropriate.
Respect for Autonomy
We respect that the students coming to the Counseling Center are emerging adults, who are taking responsibility for seeking help to solve their problems. We believe that treatment is there to help students provide their own answers and solutions to their questions and problems. We encourage students to work with us to meet their goals and to assume responsibility for their current lives and future direction.
Sensitivity to Difference
We understand, appreciate and celebrate the differences that exist between individuals at Western. We are committed to ensure that the Counseling Center is a welcoming and safe space for all.
Our staff recognizes the importance of privacy and safety as the basis of effective therapy. We take student confidentiality very seriously. We do not share information about students seeking help at the Counseling Center with anyone without written consent. Exceptions to confidentiality are rare and specifically mandated by law and professional ethics. We make sure to review confidentiality during our first contacts with all students and are available to answer any questions about confidentiality as they may arise in the course of treatment.