What do I do in a "psychological" or "mental health" emergency?In the event of an emergency:
What should I consider as a "psychological" or "mental health" emergency?Any situation that involves harm or imminent risk to you or to another person should be considered an emergency, such as:
If you’re having difficulty deciding if a situation is critical or not, talk to a Resident Life Administrator or a counselor immediately, or call:
What do I do if I am the victim of a sexual assault?If you are a victim of sexual assault, you have a number of different options. Our first concern is your safety. If you need assistance, you may call University Police and they will escort you to Monmouth Medical Center, if necessary. There you can meet with a SANE nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) and an advocate from 180-Turning Lives Around, the local women’s center, who will assist.
You may contact University Health Services at 732-571-3464 and speak with one of the nurses there. You may also decide to speak with the Women’s Advocate or the rape counselor on campus in Counseling and Psychological Services at 732-571-7517 who will assist you. You may also contact 180 directly at 1-888-264-RAPE if you prefer to speak with an off-campus professional.
What happens if I call the Counseling Center because I’m in crisis?
When you call:
What is psychological counseling?Psychological counseling is a process that helps people at various stages of personal development who are seeking help to cope with and understand the personal issues in their lives that are causing them concern and affecting their quality of life.
The goal of counseling may be to:
How do I know if I need counseling?Certain feelings or behaviors may indicate that speaking with a counselor could be beneficial to you. Some situations that are likely to cause emotional distress include:
Is everything I discuss in psychological counseling confidential?As a counseling client, your confidentiality is guaranteed within the boundaries of the client/counselor relationship. We have a legal obligation to protect your privacy. For more information, read our Confidentiality, Disclosure and Informed Consent statement.
Limitations to confidentiality will occur when:
How do I make an appointment for counseling?Making an appointment is very easy:
If I want to see someone off-campus, can I get referral information?Yes. The counselors can provide you with referral information to community resources if you prefer to see an off-campus professional or if we are unable to assist you on campus.
I’ve never had counseling before, and I feel a little uncomfortable and even embarrassed about talking to a stranger about such personal things. Is that normal?Yes. Many students experience the kind of nervousness and apprehension you’re talking about when they start counseling. It’s understandable to feel a little uncomfortable in this unfamiliar situation. Remember a few things that might help:
What will happen during my first appointment?When you come in for your first appointment, you will be asked to:
What if I miss my appointment?Keeping your appointment is very important. Call us as soon as you can at 732-571-7517 if an emergency arises. If you have scheduled other appointments and we don’t hear from you after a missed appointment, your additional appointments will cancelled. You’ll need to speak to your counselor directly to re-schedule.
How can I best benefit from my counseling sessions?
Accepting certain responsibilities will make the counseling process more beneficial to you.
I don’t want to take medication. Do I have to?The psychological counselors do not prescribe medication. However, some people suffering from certain conditions may benefit from psychotropic medication. Discuss your concerns with your counselor, and if necessary, a referral to a psychiatrist or other medical doctor may be made. Your counselor may also suggest a physical exam to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing your symptoms.