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Scope of Service: Counseling

The Baylor University Counseling Center welcomes all students to make an initial appointment to meet with one of our counselors and discuss their concerns. Because of the unique skills and knowledge of the BUCC staff, we are able to recommend services within the BUCC or the community to assist students in obtaining the appropriate services to meet their needs. We encourage all students to take advantage of this valuable service.

When appropriate, students may be referred to services offered within the BUCC. The BUCC utilizes a short-term model of therapy (12 sessions per academic year) to assist students in addressing multiple issues common in a college setting. Some of the issues that are commonly addressed in the short-term model at the BUCC are:

(1) Personal Issues

Anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, guilt, low self-esteem, grief

(2) Stress

Feeling emotionally overwhelmed, headaches, tension, fatigue, insomnia, digestive problems

(3) Relationship Issues

Marital issues, pre-marital counseling, boyfriend/girlfriend difficulties, sexual concerns, roommate problems

(4) Developmental/Family Issues

Family crisis, divorce, identity concerns, concerns from childhood and/or adolescence

(5) Academic Concerns

Performance anxiety, perfectionism, under-achievement, low motivation

(6) Other Issues

Crisis intervention, sexual assault, spiritual concerns, pornography, unplanned pregnancy, body image, food preoccupation, healthy lifestyle choices

Some students may benefit from services that extend beyond the short-term model or from services not offered at the BUCC. In these cases, the BUCC provides referral services either after initial triage, or as these factors become more apparent during the course of services. Some of the issues that are commonly addressed through referral to services outside of the BUCC include:

(1) A need for intensive treatment that will likely exceed the 12 counseling sessions limit, as indicated by:

a. Need, or request, to be seen more than once a week

b. Desire for uninterrupted long-term therapy

c. Prior history of hospitalizations

d. Prior history of long-term treatment

e. Chronic suicidality and/or self-injury behaviors

f. Indication that short-term therapy may be detrimental or non-beneficial

g. High likelihood that student may develop need for longer-term treatment

h. History of long-standing maladaptive interpersonal patterns that create difficulty in relationships

(2) Students who need specialized services not available through the BUCC, as indicated by:

a. Presence of significant drug and/or alcohol problems, for example, substance dependence, primary substance abuse, and/or past failed treatments

b. Presence of significant eating disorders

c. Request for psychological evaluations for the purpose of accommodations through OALA

d. Request for psychological testing

e. Need, or request, for treatment modality not provided by BUCC staff


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