Counseling and Testing
Expand your personal growth
For most students, the college experience reflects a significant period of transition. Although transitions are often exciting, they also require change and adjustment (and this can be stressful). The Office of Counseling and Testing offers services for students who may be experiencing difficulties in their personal lives. The types of personal issues commonly addressed include depression, sexuality, stress management, depression, relationship issues and academic problems. You don’t need to have severe emotional problems to benefit from our services. Many students use counseling to expand their personal growth and development.
The counseling relationship differs from both social friendships and the patient-physician relationship. Unlike friends, therapists are able to be objective; they are not involved in your daily life. Unlike most physicians, therapists don’t give specific advice or tell you what to do. Instead, they serve as a skilled listeners who help you clarify issues and practice techniques to effectively cope with problems.
Individual counseling services are generally offered to students on a short-term basis, ranging from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the nature of a student’s concerns. We usually schedule two 50-minute sessions per month – at a time that you agree upon with your counselor.
However, we do take into consideration the student’s needs and will schedule in accordance with their assessed needs. Students who have problems that require long-term counseling are sometimes referred to other agencies or resources that can better meet their needs.
The Office of Counseling and Testing offers services to students who are concerned about their use of alcohol or other drugs. The office offers free, confidential assessments to help students determine the nature and extent of their alcohol and other drug use, and the impact of this use on their well being.
Please contact Assistant Director Kayla Duncan at 843-661-1842 if you would like further information.
While outpatient services can benefit many students, some individuals will need more intensive treatment (i.e., intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment).
The Office of Counseling and Testing will refer students to the appropriate level of care based upon the results of a clinical assessment.
Students who are referred to services outside of this office will be responsible for any costs incurred.
Emergency counseling is available on a drop-in, first-come-first-served basis.
Counselors are typically available from 9 am to 5 pm, M-F. Our summer hours are 8 am to 5:15 pm, Monday-Thursday.
If you are experiencing an emergency situation and the office is closed, please contact FMU’s Campus Police at 843-661-1109 or go to the emergency room of your nearest hospital.
Our office maintains a strict policy of confidentiality. We don’t tell anyone that you’ve come for counseling unless you give us permission to do so. Our therapy notes are not part of your college record.
There are some exceptions to confidentiality. These include:
- Threats of violence or suicide
- Suspected child abuse
- The need to share limited information with Student Health Services, Campus Police, or the Dean of Students Office during an emergency