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Personal Counseling

Counseling provides students a safe, confidential place to work through individual challenges and stressors that may interfere with a student's academic success. The primary goal of counseling is to help individuals build upon their strengths and enhance their ability to address issues of life or personal adjustment. The role of the Psychologist or Counselor is to clarify the nature of the concern, offer support, encourage a deeper understanding of issues, provide information and guidelines and work towards a problem-solving solution. Ursuline College's Counseling mission is to help students to help themselves to succeed in life.

Counseling Services are available to all enrolled Ursuline College students. After an initial interview/assessment to determine appropriate services, recommendations will be made to meet the counseling needs of all our students. The number of visits is determined individually, but brief therapy is the general practice. Appointments typically last for one hour. When a problem will require extended services, the student will be referred to appropriate community or private agencies.

To schedule an appointment, contact either Dr. Anita Forsberg Culbertson at aculbertson@ursuline.edu (phone 440 646 8323) or  Maureen Klein, LPC at mklein@ursuline.edu (phone 440 646 8379). If neither Counselor is available, please call the Office of Counseling and Career Services at 440 646 8322. If it is an emergency, dial 911 or get to the nearest emergency room.

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Facts About Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
Facts About Suicide Prevention

Current Emergency and Crisis Policy

In an attempt to assist students who are experiencing a crisis or emergency situation, the college will make every effort to contact an appropriate staff person. Students should note, however, that the college cannot guarantee immediate contact with an appropriate individual and in that case, should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 

Students' Concerns

Feelings such as fear, anger and sadness are a normal part of life. Understanding thoughts and feelings are an important part of knowing who you are. Most of us like to think that we can handle our own difficulties, and usually that is true. Sometimes we encounter problems, which seem beyond our abilities to cope. It may be stress, academic or personal, a period of transition, perhaps a loss or just a time when thoughts and feeling are overwhelming. Some of the following may indicate that it would be helpful for a student to talk to a mental health professional:

  • Experiencing the stress of balancing the demands of school, family and work
  • Feeling isolated or alienated and wanting to belong
  • Marked anxiety, restlessness, and inability to concentrate or relax
  • Marked decrease or increase in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Loss of interest in formerly pleasurable or meaningful activities
  • Strong feeling such as depression, worthlessness or extreme guilt
  • Crying for no apparent reason
  • Wanting to harm yourself or others
  • Strong mood swings
  • Unusual thoughts
  • Racing thoughts or repetitive behavior
  • Disturbing patterns in dreams
  • Having trouble getting along with a close companion
  • Having trouble getting along with family member
  • Wondering where you are going in life
  • Any disruption of daily living

Confidentiality

Information shared with the Psychologist or Counselor, as mandated by law, is confidential.  In other words, there is no sharing of information with anyone, including referral sources. There are some exceptions to this confidentiality, as delineated by law.  If this is a matter of concern to you, please ask your counseling professional at the initial appointment. 

Cancellations and No-Shows

Personal commitment to counseling is crucial for your success. If you must miss a session, please contact your mental health professional (Psychologist or Counselor) to cancel and reschedule.