What is Counseling?

Counseling can be a useful tool in creating and maintaining your sense of health and overall well-being. It provides a safe, affirming and non-judgmental environment in which you can openly explore your concerns. The Student Counseling center utilizes a short-term model, and counseling is goal-focused and brief. Counseling—whether individual, couple or group—focuses on resources, solutions and strategies to deal with your concerns.

Initial appointments must be made in person at the Student Counseling Center. Counseling is confidential and not part of scholastic records. There is no charge for current UT Dallas students who want to use this service.

Common Concerns

Nearly every student experiences something that impacts their sense of well-being while in college. Reasons why students may seek counseling include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship concerns (romantic and friendships)
  • Family conflict
  • Habit control behaviors (pornography, substance use, over/under eating, etc.)
  • Feelings of low self-esteem/self-worth
  • Uncertainty about future plans
  • Gender identity exploration
  • Questions related to sexuality and sexual orientation
  • Academic concerns
  • Overwhelming feelings of stress
  • Grief
  • Loneliness
  • Thoughts of suicide

First Appointment

Your initial visit is called an intake appointment. During this session, you will discuss your concerns and goals for treatment. The counselor will also ask questions about your life, including your medical and family history. This session will assist both you and your counselor in deciding how you can best be helped. The following are a list of the possible services that may be offered following your intake:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Referral to another on-campus resource/office
  • Session with the referral coordinator to connect you with an off-campus resource


Counseling, whether individual or couple, focuses on resources, solutions and strategies to deal with your presenting concerns.  The SCC utilizes a short-term treatment approach, which means that counseling is goal-focused and brief. Most students see improvements in 3-6 sessions.

Confidentiality and Records

Laws and ethical guidelines require that all interactions with the Student Counseling Center, including content of your sessions, your records, scheduling of or attendance at appointments, and progress in counseling are confidential. No record of counseling is contained in any academic, educational or job placement file. While information will not be released to anyone outside the Student Counseling Center without your written permission, in order to provide you with the best possible treatment, we may confer with clinical professionals within the UT Dallas Student Counseling Center. Counseling records are maintained for seven years, after which time they are destroyed.

Exceptions to Confidentiality

There are some exceptions to confidentiality. Specifically, we are legally required to disclose information to:

  • Protect you or someone else from imminent danger
  • Report suspected abuse of minors, the elderly, or persons with disabilities
  • Respond to a court subpoena
  • If there is known or suspected sexual exploitation of a client by a past therapist

In any of these situations, your counselor would reveal only the information needed to resolve the immediate crisis or risk of danger. If your counselor believes you are in danger of hurting yourself or others, your counselor may contact appropriate medical and/or legal authorities.

SCC Staff

Our staff of licensed/supervised psychologists and other mental health professionals is available by appointment or in times of emergency.