How do I get an appointment?

Call our office at 573-341-4211, or visit 204 Norwood Hall during our office hours 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each workday.


What can I expect from my first appointment?

Your first appointment at CDSW will begin with a brief, online questionnaire followed by a 20 minute screening with a staff member (counselor or psychologist) who will help assess the nature and urgency of your concern and determine the next appropriate step.

Next step options include scheduling a regular counseling session and/or a referral to other campus or community resources.

“Crisis” or “urgent” help is also available daily.


What kind of counseling do you offer?

Our services are based on a brief-treatment model and are time-limited. Sessions are provided by professionally trained and licensed counselors and psychologists. Staff members work collaboratively with clients to clarify issues, support existing strengths, address problems or arrange referrals.


Who will know that I’ve been to counseling?

No one will know – our staff members are legally and ethically required to maintain confidentiality.  If you would like us to disclose specific information to anyone (e.g. professor or doctor) we will need your written permission to do so.


Are there exceptions to confidentiality?

Only if there is the possibility that you might harm yourself or someone else, or when abuse of a child or vulnerable adult is suspected.


I feel like I’m the only one with a problem.  Why do other students ask for help?

We all have concerns at some point in our lives and college is no exception. Common concerns include anxiety, feeling overwhelmed by stress, depression, relationship issues, school adjustment, and the transition from home. Many others struggle for the first time with test anxiety, motivation, procrastination, or career indecision.


Will it just be the counselor and me?  Can I meet other students with the same problem?

Group counseling is regularly offered and for many issues is the preferred approach. Group counseling is interactive, supportive, and gives you a chance to be with students who share your concerns. All groups are confidential. Some are more structured and time limited (e.g., test anxiety group) and others (e.g., Family Issues group) are unstructured and ongoing.