Brief Intermittent Treatment:
The Fredonia Counseling Center (FCC) recognizes research based practices which promote dramatic improvements during the early stages of a therapy experience. We approach most sessions from a single-session mindset, organizing each session as if it might be the last, to optimize maximum effectiveness of each session.
The goal of each session is for the client to leave with a sense of emotional relief, increased hope, and some sort of positive outcome as defined by the client. Within the context of the counseling relationship, both the counselor and client work diligently to harness motivation to address a specific concern that promotes the client’s vision of their better self.
Students are encouraged to implement the skills learned in therapy into their daily routines and to return to counseling for additional assistance if they have not made significant progress towards addressing their concerns or when they have new concerns that warrant additional assistance.
The primary concern of the Counseling Center is to remove the barriers of access to services and to provide Fredonia students with the assistance they need when the need it most.
- Crisis Services: During working hours (8:00 am- 4:30 pm), contact the Counseling Center directly by calling (716-673-3424) or coming in. After hours, students can contact the Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline (1-800-724-0461). For more information see Crisis Services.
- Let’s Talk: Informal, drop-in, no commitment consultation with a Fredonia Counselor at International Student Services (E 125 Thompson Hall –Wednesday 10:00am-5:00pm). This service is available when classes are in session. Hours are subject to change. See the Let's Talk page for more information.
- Individual Counseling: Students can schedule individual counseling appointments and can also utilize walk-in services M-F 1-4pm, first come, first serve. For more information, see Appointments and Referrals.
- Couples Counseling: Scheduled counseling appointment to address relationship dynamics. Both partners must be enrolled Fredonia Students.
- Group Counseling: Facilitated by professional counselors, group counseling involves meeting with 6-12 peers in a supportive environment to discuss similar concerns. The Counseling Center offers a variety of different group experiences each semester. Contact the Center if interested in participating in group counseling.
- Consultation: Counseling Center staff provide consultation to faculty, staff, parents, and off-campus providers to address concerns related to registered Fredonia students within the ethical and legal parameters of the counseling profession.
- PAWS: Prevention, Wellness, and Advocacy Services
The Fredonia Counseling Center works diligently to meet the individual needs of all students, however, there are times where a student’s needs/expectations may exceed reasonable treatment accommodations.
- Excuses/Confirmation of Participation in Counseling: The FCC does NOT provide letters to faculty (or employers) for missed classes, missed work (academic or employment) and/or missed exams due to mental health concerns. The Counseling Center may provide documentation to the office of Enrollment and Student Services, at the client’s written request, when extended absence (in accordance with the campus absence/attendance policy ) for medical reasons due to mental health concerns are warranted and/or to support a request for an incomplete. For more information see Class Absence Verification.
- Weekly/ Long-term Counseling: Students who have had/expect long-term, weekly counseling to discuss the everyday ups and downs of life, who demonstrate low motivation for change, and/or unwilling to work collaboratively on treatment goals between counseling sessions may wish to seek treatment with an off-campus provider willing/able to meet this desired approach to treatment.
- Documentation in Support of Students Requesting Medical Withdrawal/Leave: FCC staff may provide documentation in support of a request for an academic dispensation (See Medical Leave/Withdrawal). Such support can be provided for clients with which there is a standing therapeutic relationship (i.e. support is generally not provided to students who have presented for an intake requesting a letter).
- Court Mandated Counseling: Students who have been mandated to complete specific treatments related to a pending or adjudicated legal proceeding may be referred to off-campus services appropriate to meet any requirements outside the Fredonia Counseling Center scope of practice.
- Eating Disorders: Some disordered eating behaviors in which there is evidence of significant/imminent physical risk of harm may require specialized inpatient/outpatient services beyond the FCC scope of practice. Effective/competent eating disorder treatment often involves a multi-disciplined treatment approach beyond the resources available at Fredonia.
- Substance Abuse: Some substance abuse behaviors in which there is evidence of significant/imminent physical risk of harm may require specialized inpatient/outpatient services beyond the FCC scope of practice. Effective/competent substance abuse treatment often involves a multi-disciplined treatment approach beyond the resources available at Fredonia.
- Assessment/DSS Accommodations: In an effort to avoid bias and conflicts to treatment, formal assessment, for the purpose of diagnosis of and accommodations for a disability (to include, but not limited to: mental health diagnosis, emotional support animal documentation, housing accommodations, and ADHD and/or other learning difference assessment) are to be completed by a licensed off-campus provider. The Counseling Center will provide, at the client’s written request, documentation related to their counseling treatment for consideration by the provider conducting the assessment and/or Disability Support Services as a means to better understand the barriers the student might be experiencing in the postsecondary setting.
- Risk to Self or Others: A student, who has an acute risk of harm to self or others which has not been adequately alleviated by counseling intervention at the Fredonia Counseling Center, may be referred to off-campus services appropriate to their immediate level of care.
- Psychiatric Care: Students who would benefit from a psychiatric evaluation and/or medication monitoring can work with the Counseling Center to connect with off-campus psychiatric services. See Community Resources for a list of local psychiatric providers.