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Program of Care
Program of Care at the Counseling Center:
The Baylor Counseling Center is equipped to provide assistance for the emergent concerns of our students. We provide a continuum of care for students by staff clinicians (psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors) who work towards delivering the best services that will address your concerns.
Walk-In Clinic: The Walk-In Clinic is the first point of entry for every student who comes to the Counseling Center for the first time. You will receive an Initial Assessment which will be conducted by a clinician who is equipped to listen to your concerns and assess what level of care that is the best for you.
The Walk-In Clinic is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Continuum of Care
Consultation Services: We provide consultation services that can help you with strategies for aiding a student to connect with the Counseling Center. We provide these services with those concerned about a student. We are open to speaking to parents, friends, staff and faculty about a range of issues, including: Strategies for helping a student connect with the Counseling Center or another on-campus support; concerns about a particular student who might be experiencing emotional distress or struggling with mental health struggles; concerns about the impact of an individual’s distressing behaviors on others or referrals to other community mental health providers and services
“Let’s Talk”: Let’s Talk is a walk-in, no appointment, consultation service for our students. You can informally meet with a consultant on issues you may have been thinking about for a while and would like an objective opinion. Perhaps your roommate is too noisy or you are homesick, “Let’s Talk” can be a safe place where you can talk to a consultant about things that might be bothering you. You don’t have to come to the Counseling Center, you can meet with a consultant in an informal setting, with no appointment or commitment to ongoing therapy. It is free and confidential and your consultant will be a trained clinician from the Counseling Center. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Workshops: Counseling Center provides various workshops on campus to address issues that college students experience.
Resiliency Workshop: Our resiliency drop-in workshop is available to all our Baylor Students. It is led by our Case Manager, Teran Yaklin and Sarah Dorrell-Ritter, Student Life Case Manager. Every week they will be discussing a different topic that is relevant to the concerns of our Baylor Students. This is a supportive group environment, not a therapy group, plus you do not have to be a client at the Counseling Center to attend.
Therapist Assisted Online (TAO): TAO is a new level of care that the Counseling Center is providing for you. TAO may be for you if you are dealing with mild depression or mild anxiety and have a busy schedule, difficulty getting to the Counseling Center and want a more “low intensity but high engagement approach that fits your life style and needs better than traditional face-to-face therapy.” It is a combination of interactive education modules that provide skills and strategies that you can do online and can practice during the week while your clinician monitors your progress and meets with you weekly through a secure video conferencing tool. For more information come to the Walk-In Clinic and talk to a clinician.
Immediate Crisis (Crisis Management): If you feel you are in immediate crisis you can contact the Counseling Center during business and non-business hours. During business hours, you can walk in to the office, fill out the paperwork and you will be seen by a clinician who will assess your level of urgency and provide crisis intervention. During non-business hours and weekends, you can call the Counseling Center (254) 710-2467 and reach our answering service who will connect you quickly to the on-call clinician.
Group Therapy: Groups are a wonderful opportunity for you to feel supported by others who have similar concerns, and to work on relational issues in a safe and confidential environment. Group is as effective for most concerns as individual therapy. We provide various types of groups (i.e., Mindfulness, Social Confidence, Art Therapy, Recovery Group, Trauma Recovery, etc.) during the fall and spring semesters.
Individual: We often see students at the Counseling Center on an individual basis to address a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, academic problems, coping with loss, and eating disorders to name a few. The clinician will initially assess your concerns and collaborate with you on a treatment plan for short term therapy, and usually meet with you on are regular basis for 45-50 minutes.
Couples: Students are eligible for couples counseling provided that at least one person in the couple is a Baylor student (has paid the student services fee). In couples counseling you are taught to deal more effectively with conflict, family issues, adjusting to marriage and other concerns that can enrich the quality of your relationship.
Addictive Behavior Services: Staff can meet with you individually for various types of addictive behavior concerns: substance abuse, pornography, gaming, and gambling to name a few. In addition, we provide groups to support both men and women dealing with these concerns.
Dietitian Services: Regina Mastin, a licensed and registered dietitian, provides medical nutrition therapy for students. If you have a nutrition related diagnosis such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, anemia, gastrointestinal disorders, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, food allergies, as well as struggling with disordered eating, you may benefit from nutritional counseling as well. Nutrition counseling includes an assessment of current nutritional status, evaluation of current dietary intake, need for dietary modifications and education on appropriate diet.
Transition of Care: Our Care Planning Team is available for you to provide transition of care to other resources if needed. They can explain and walk you through this level of care and will help you find a community psychiatrist, therapist or other services that might best fit your needs. This team of care specialists will help you with any obstacles that you may encounter and make sure you find the professional help you need.