Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Park University have a
Park University recognizes that the
college years contain exceptional opportunities for growth and development as
well as intellectual discovery. At the same time the academic, social and
psychological challenges encountered can be stressful and demanding. Students
face decisions to be made, relationships to be developed, academic work to be
mastered, and personal growth and change to be accomplished.
Counseling is a service provided by Park University which can be a valuable
resource in managing these stresses.
What are some reasons to seek
Even though our friends
may be helpful when discussing problems in living, they may not have the
knowledge or objectivity needed for effective problem-solving. Seeking
information from one who is professionally trained is often a good solution in
addition to the support received from friends.
How can I use counseling?
Gathering information to make
decisions about life goals
Establish the stability necessary
to complete your education
Resolve problems in a personal
Manage feelings of loneliness
Address feelings of depression or
Seek understanding about your
relationship with family
Learn to manage stress
Explore gender and cultural
influences which affect you and may create stress
Develop more effective
communication skills to create greater comfort in your interpersonal
Receive assistance in locating
the resources to manage problems such as alcohol and other drug dependency
in a friend or yourself, codependency, eating disorders, etc.
Facing major life transitions
such as: leaving home, marriage, birth, death, divorce, etc.
does counseling work?
Counseling is a form of
interaction that helps you define problems, sort out feelings and determine your
own direction. It is a different process for each individual, depending on the
particular concerns being addressed. You will probably meet with a counselor
several times to discuss your concerns in detail.
Often the counselor will ask for more information about the concern and your
background. The counselor will want to understand how this problem began and how
it is affecting you. Sometimes, you may find that “just talking about it” is
helpful. Or sometimes, you and the counselor may jointly decide upon a plan for
dealing in greater detail with your concerns.
The counseling process doesn’t necessarily have to deal with “heavy” problems.
It usually assists normal people who are facing difficult situations, decisions,
or issues. While only you can solve your problems, a counselor can assist you
with information and support.
Is counseling confidential?
information, including the fact that you have been seen, is strictly
confidential. Information on students receiving counseling is not made available
to anyone (including faculty, administrators or parents) without the student’s
written consent. Per
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), counseling records are
not part of a student’s educational record.
What services are available?
Counseling for individuals and
couples (if both people are students)
Consultation is offered to all
Park University students, faculty, and staff (For example, you might want to
drop by to discuss concerns about a co-worker, friend, etc.)
Light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Distance counseling is available on a limited basis. Contact
Erin Martin for details.
What is the cost?
is no charge for counseling services to Park University students.
How do I arrange to see the
It is best to make an appointment in advance by emailing the
Counseling Center at
email@example.com or stopping by the Counseling Center located
on the first floor of
If the door is closed, the Counselor is with
a student and it would be best to call to make an appointment. The office hours
of the Counselor are posted on the office door.
If you send an email, please include your name, student number, a phone number
where you can be reached, and a brief description of the reason for making an
For more information:
Call the Counselors, Linda Waxse,
M.S., L.C.P.C., at (816) 584-6237, or email at
Linda.Waxse@park.edu; or Erin Martin, M.S., at (816) 584-6798, or email at
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