Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Counseling Center

Campus Life

Why Seek Counseling?

A Period of Growth and Change

The college years are a time of tremendous growth and change. Although these developmental steps are often exciting, they can also be painful and overwhelming at times, stirring feelings of anxiety, depression, and self doubt. In recent years college counseling centers across the United States have experienced sharp increases both in the numbers of students seeking treatment and in the severity of symptoms with which these students present. The good news is that a large and growing percentage of Wheaton students take advantage of counseling services at some point during their undergraduate years. The bad news is that too many students continue to struggle alone with their problems, neither seeking nor receiving the help they need.

A Variety of Issues

Students come to the Counseling Center for many different reasons. Some of the issues they find helpful to explore are:

  • adjusting to Wheaton
  • loneliness/homesickness
  • family problems
  • depression
  • suicidal thoughts
  • stress/anxiety
  • roommate difficulties
  • low self esteem
  • problems in intimate relationships
  • sexual orientation
  • sexuality
  • interpersonal conflicts
  • eating problems
  • abuse issues
  • death of a loved one
  • sexual assault
  • academic performance
  • alcohol and drugs

Concerns about Counseling

Students sometimes feel anxious about coming to the Counseling Center. They worry that seeing a counselor may be a sign of weakness or indicate that something is seriously wrong with them. We believe, however, that knowing when to ask for help is a sign of self awareness, and the ability to explore difficult issues in counseling is a sign of personal strength. And you don't have to be in crisis or have a serious mental illness to seek counseling. In fact, most people would benefit from seeing a counselor at some point in their lives. We have found that most students who use our services conclude that counseling is a positive and productive experience. Many recommend it to their friends.

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