Counseling Services provide support for people struggling with mental, emotional, or social concerns as well as normal life transitions. A professional counselor with training in psychology and human development facilitates individual and small group sessions. Counseling services also include crisis response, mental health outreach events, life skills workshops, light therapy and community referrals. The counselor can also help connect individuals to local support groups, recovery programs, and psychiatric services.
Who Goes to Counseling?
People often seek counseling when they need extra support or when they simply want time to focus on personal growth. Mental illness, unexpected crises, and life changes do not discriminate, and neither does counseling. Individuals, couples, and families sometimes seek support to work through transitions big and small. A few things counselors may help with include:
- Relationship changes
- Identity development
- Life skills
- Academic or workplace concerns
- Disordered eating
- Suicidal ideation
- Social phobia
- Substance abuse, dependence, and recovery
- Grief and loss
A Safe Space
McNally Smith students, faculty, and staff members are welcome in the counseling office regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, creed, age, or ability. The counselor always tries to offer an environment of comfort and safety.
Why Not Just Talk with My Friends?
Friends and family members can provide immense amounts of support for us, but they are rarely unbiased in their opinions and advice. Counseling is unique from other interactions because it is a relationship built on neutral ground without personal history or preconceived notions.
How Much Does It Cost?
Counseling services are available free of charge to enrolled McNally Smith students.
Is Counseling Private?
Counseling services are confidential, within the limits defined by the American Counseling Association (www.counseling.org). Your counselor will present you with informed consent paperwork at your intake session. Counseling records are kept separate from educational records.
How Do I Schedule an Appointment?
Appointments can be made by directly contacting a counselor or by stopping into the Office of Student Affairs (Suite 55). Counseling appointments take place during normal business hours Monday-Friday.
Bryon McDonald, M.S.
Bryon McDonald received his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Olaf College. At KU he was instrumental at one of the nation’s premier laboratories for the nurturing of creativity, where he researched and counseled highly gifted and creative high school students. He helped students realize the potential that lies in their flow states — i.e. when we lose ourselves in activities that require high skill and commitment — and how this could reveal their vocational path. Bryon approaches therapy through a common factors framework, and appreciates that every client is unique and special. He offers a warm, supportive environment in which strengths are uncovered and clients are challenged and encouraged to grow.