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Personal Counseling Services

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We are here to help YOU when…

  • You are having difficulty coping with everyday life.
  • You have feelings of hurt, loss, sadness, loneliness, depression, helplessness, abandonment, disappointment, anger/rage, irritability, frustration, lack of self-control, suicidal thoughts, an emotional roller coaster…Your daily routine is significantly impacted and you can no longer concentrate/focus on tasks.
  • You feel overly stressed and have difficulty coping with simple problems.
  • Your behavior or habits change in a negative way related to personal hygiene, eating, sleeping, daily activities, relationships, socializing, work, etc.
  • You prefer to sleep all the time, deliberately avoid family, friends and social gatherings.
  • You experience a traumatic event, have suicidal or homicidal thoughts or know in your gut something is wrong!

Counseling Appointments

All UConn Hartford Campus students are eligible for personal counseling services.  The CWC is open 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday. It is recommended that students schedule counseling appointments by emailing the CWC at Please include the days/times of your availability in your email message.

The number of counseling appointments range from one time to once a week check-ins. Students determine how many times they would like to meet with the Counselor unless it is mandated by the Director of Student Services because of academic and/or behavioral sanctions.

Counseling Modality

The primary counseling modality or model that is preferred at the CWC is ‘Solution-focused or Brief Counseling’.  This approach emphasizes the strengths and abilities of the student.  It focuses on improving life-skills and critical thinking skills.  In addition, an eclectic mix counseling techniques (e.g.: cognitive, behavioral, creative arts) are utilized in order to benefit the student.

If the Counselor assesses that the student requires more intensive counseling or therapy, it will be recommended. Students who receive counseling/therapy from practitioners in the community, can still receive support from the CWC.

Intake Forms

Students who are seeking personal counseling services must print and complete the ‘Informed Consent Form’ and the ‘Student Information Form’ , and bring them to the counseling appointment.


All counseling sessions are ‘confidential’ except for the (4) statements below that are contained in the ‘Informed Consent Form’ (please read them carefully).

  • You are a danger to yourself or others.
  • You are so gravely disabled that you are unable to care for yourself.
  • You report the abuse or neglect of a minor child or dependent elderly person.
  • A court mandates the release of your record.

Support Groups

Students can request to join or establish a new support group.  Former support group topics included ‘transition to college’, ‘relationships’, ‘grief & loss’ and ‘chronic medical conditions’. A support group should have at least (4) student members in order for it to remain active through the semester.

Remember . . .

No problem is too small or insignificant. It is never too early to request counseling assistance. Please do not wait until the end of the semester to seek help. Many students think they can handle their problems and wait too long to receive assistance. It is easier to resolve your issues sooner than later. Please visit the CWC when you have questions or concerns.

CWC Recommendations. . .

♥ Spend quality time nourishing your mind, body and spirit by unplugging from your daily routine on a regular basis. Chat with your family and friends face-to-face, participate in fun and relaxing activities AND enjoy the beauty and miracle of nature. You will certainly feel refreshed, and better able to focus on your academic studies.

Wishing you well,

Robin Shefts, Associate Director of CWC