A: Our counselors do diagnose and treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders like depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, eating disorders, and more. If we think medication is beneficial, we will encourage you to make an appointment with University Medical Services (UMS) or the primary care physician of your choice to discuss the risks and benefits of taking medication to help relieve your symptoms. Our stance is that the use of prescribed medication to combat the complications that arise from a mental or emotional disorder does not conflict with the Christian faith. However, we understand and respect that the use of medication is a personal choice and do not require students to take medication in a majority of cases.
Occasional cancellations are understandable and will not impact a student’s ability to continue to receive services. However, if you begin to frequently cancel or miss scheduled appointments without notifying our office beforehand, your counselor will speak with you about this pattern. You and your counselor may need to reevaluate your session frequency or find an alternate time to meet (if possible). Note that failure to attend two consecutive, scheduled sessions will likely lead to forfeiture of your spot on your counselor’s schedule.