General Health and Wellness
Individual Counseling is all about exploring concerns in a safe atmosphere and “partnering” with a professional counselor who can listen and lend expertise to each individual’s unique circumstances. By working with a caring, objective and non-judgmental professional, students have an opportunity to deal with complex, often perplexing, issues and concerns. They often come to a better understanding of themselves. The student and counselor seek a solution together. This deeper self-awareness can then enable clients to make healthier, more informed choices and enhance their personal and academic lives. The number of counseling sessions depends on the scope of the concerns and is ideally mutually determined by both the student and counselor.
Group Counseling most often involves several students who share similar concerns or life circumstances. Together they meet with a counselor and/or co-counselor. The support, feedback and dialogue that arise in group counseling are often very beneficial in developing awareness, promoting change and reducing feelings of isolation.
Couples Counseling involves a couple meeting with a counselor to address relationship concerns, including conflict resolution, communication, intimacy or other issues. Couples counseling can be helpful both for couples who are married and for couples who are not married but are seeking objective help in dealing with relationship issues.
Premarital Counseling involves a counselor meeting with a couple who intend to marry in the near future. Premarital counseling has several goals. First, couples get a chance to “take inventory” of their current relationship, its strengths and areas for growth. Often, a standardized premarital inventory can be taken and interpreted, which can facilitate dialogue. Second, couples can learn communication and conflict resolution skills. Third, couples can examine expectations around such issues as finances, future parenting and dealings with their respective families of origin.
Workshops and Presentations are provided by Cooper Center staff. Our staff has a broad expertise on a number of topics and issues. Some of them include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship problems, loss and grief, and many others.
Referral involves a Cooper Center counselor educating a student about resources both within the Trinity community and the surrounding communities. Referrals can be made to local clinics and physicians for students who may benefit from a medical consultation. Referrals can also be made to community counselors or other professionals. The Cooper Center has access to a number of reputable health and mental health providers in the area.
Consultation involves being available to staff, faculty and family members when they are concerned about a student while ensuring privacy and confidentiality for the student. Staff and faculty are able to speak with us about a student’s behavior without providing the name. Doing so can help faculty and staff intervene and talk with the student. It can also help determine whether further assistance or counseling might be indicated. Faculty and staff will also receive guidance in how to speak with the student. Similarly, family members can share their concerns and receive appropriate input and feedback.