Life can be challenging and is often stressful. People experience those challenges in a number of different ways: difficulties adjusting, confusion in decision making, or struggles in relationships, or making friends or getting along with a partner. Many individuals feel anxious, depressed, confused, or overwhelmed at some point and need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem beyond their control.
For many, that help may come from friends, family members, significant others, etc., but in some cases, help is needed from a trained professional. Counseling is a process that can help you identify more effective strategies both to cope with difficult situations and to achieve your goals. While some people who seek counseling have chronic emotional difficulties, others are dealing with normal life events and are simply in need of an objective listener - someone who doesn't judge and who can help them see new alternatives.
Individual counseling is basically a collaborative effort between you and your counselor. Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you.
Who can benefit from counseling?
Just about anyone can benefit from Individual Counseling. Listed below are just a few examples of some common concerns which brings individuals to Texas PCS:
- Symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.
- College adjustment issues such as homesickness, academic problems, and long-distance relationships.
- Interpersonal difficulties, including roommate conflicts, family problems, romantic relationship concerns, problems with assertiveness, and other issues.
- Bereavement and grief related to the loss of a loved one (such as relationship breakups, deaths, parental divorce, or other major losses).
- Questions/confusion about identity, self-image, sexuality, gender, or religious concerns.
- Sexual behavioral problems
- Experience with sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, abuse, or other trauma.
What to Expect
Our Individual Counseling services are designed to meet your individual needs and concerns. As part of the initial interview, you will be asked to complete paperwork which will help us get to know you. Please allow 60 minutes for this first appointment.
You and your counselor will work together to decide how frequently and for how long a period it is necessary to meet. In some cases, you may be referred to providers outside of Texas PCS. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis and is determined by the appropriateness of your individualized treatment situation, our expertise in treating your particular problem, the availability of staff and other resources, and other factors. If you are court ordered, Texas PCS will do their best to accommodate your scheduling needs. For your convince, you may schedule on-line.
When you call or schedule on-line with Texas PCS, you will be offered the first available appointment that matches your schedule. When you schedule your first appointment, you will be asked your name, phone number, and whether you have been to Texas PCS in the past. The total time period required for the initial consultation or intake appointment is approximately 60 minutes, so be sure to keep this in mind when scheduling your appointment.
It is essential that you arrive promptly for your first appointment in order to allow sufficient time to complete the necessary paperwork. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your first appointment, you will be asked to reschedule. The initial paperwork includes a demographic and clinical history form, a consent to treatment, and a scheduling form. You also will be given a handout about Client Rights and Responsibilities.
The purpose of this first session is for your intake counselor to obtain information about your current concerns, relevant history, and goals. Your counselor should also review relevant Texas PCS policies and procedures, such as confidentiality. At the end of the appointment, you and your counselor will determine an appropriate course of action. This plan might include subsequent sessions with one of the Texas PCS counselors, participation in a Texas PCS group or class, referral to an outside provider to better meet your needs, or any one of our other many services.