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Counseling and Consultation Services FAQ

Am I eligible for services?

Students who are currently enrolled in at least 1credit at Butler University are eligible for services. Faculty and staff of Butler University are not eligible for psychotherapeutic services, regardless of class enrollment, and will be referred to the University's Employee Assistance Program for such services.

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an initial intake appointment by calling 940-9385 or stopping by our front desk. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled intake appointment to complete paperwork. 

What is an intake? How is it different from a consultation?

An intake is a time for you to meet with a counselor to determine if CCS is the best service to address your needs. Once you have scheduled an intake, you will arrive about 15 minutes before the intake to complete paperwork. This information is reviewed by a counselor before the appointment. The intake counselor will spend approximately 45 minutes discussing what brings you in for services. At the end of the appointment, the intake counselor will discuss next steps in regard to recommending services that may be a good fit for you, including individual therapy or group therapy. If CCS cannot offer the services that best fit your needs, the intake counselor will work with you to get you connected to a more appropriate resource elsewhere at Butler or within the Indianapolis community.

A consultation is a one-time appointment to help you work through a current problem that will likely not require continued therapy sessions. If you are seeking advice or information rather than counseling for yourself, you may also set up a consultation session or meeting with a counselor. Students often come in seeking support on how to help friends/roommates with concerns or to inquire about what kind of services/resources are available for a particular issue, such as sexual assault, alcohol, and drug problems, or eating disorders. If you decide after your consultation that you would like to return to CCS for therapy services, you will need to schedule an intake appointment.

What kinds of counseling do you do?

CCS provides both short-term individual therapy and group therapy.

CCS offers a short-term model of individual therapy. Sessions are focused on the presenting problem and the student’s goal for treatment. Reasons for seeking individual therapy include:

  • Relationship concerns
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Adjustment to college life and loneliness
  • Homesickness
  • Grief/Loss
  • Understanding one's sexual/gender identity
  • Eating and body image concerns
  • Self-esteem/Self-confidence
  • Anger management
  • Stress management and coping skills
  • Self-care
  • Sexual assault/trauma
  • Alcohol and substance use

What might make group therapy the best option for me instead of individual counseling?

Group counseling is often the most effective type of counseling if your problems involve relationships with other people. For this reason, your counselor may recommend group counseling instead of individual counseling. Groups usually involve 5-8 students and are led by two members of the CCS staff.   The group provides a safe and supportive environment in which you can constructively experiment with new ways of relating to others, share personal experiences, express fears and concerns, and get support and feedback.  Learn more about Group Therapy.

What does the short term model mean?

While CCS does not currently have session limits, the average length of individual therapy is between 6-8 sessions.  In an effort to meet the demand and see as many students as we can, we collaboratively work with students to determine the appropriate length of treatment. CCS aims to be flexible within this short-term model and we know that each student has unique circumstances. If you know that you are likely to want weekly therapy sessions for the entirety of your time at Butler, we are happy to help you find referrals in the community to meet this long-term need.

What are the costs of your services?

Most CCS services are provided at no additional costs to students, including intake appointments, consultations, individual therapy sessions, and group therapy sessions. The services that do have a fee include mandated assessments, psychiatric services, and the substance abuse educational workshop. 

Can I see a counselor today?

Due to the high level of interest in counseling services, we typically cannot offer same day appointments. However, if you are in a crisis during business hours, we will attempt to make someone available as soon as possible.  Alternatively, you can seek immediate care in person or by phone at local hospitals that offer mental health care, such as St. Vincent’s Stress Center (317-338-4800) and Community Health Network (317-621-5700).

What if I am in crisis?

During CCS Business Hours

Crisis services are available to currently enrolled students.  If you or someone you are concerned about is in crisis and does not need immediate medical help or law enforcement, please call our front desk at 940-9385 and let the staff know that you are seeking services for a crisis situation.  While we cannot guarantee immediate assistance, we will attempt to make someone available as soon as possible to meet your needs. 

Examples of crisis situations:

  • Considering suicide
  • Thoughts of hurting other people
  • Recent victim of sexual assault
  • Extremely disorganized or bizarre thinking or perceptions

If someone needs immediate medical attention, is threatening immediate self-harm, or has attempted suicide please call 911 immediately.

After Business Hours

If you are experiencing a crisis outside of our business hours, there are several local and national resources to help you. St. Vincent's Stress Center and Community North both offer 24-hour phone crisis intervention as well as evaluations for hospital stays.  You can contact them directly, or contact BUPD if you need assistance accessing any of these resources.

Community Resources:

  • St. Vincent's Stress Center 24-hour line (317) 338-4800
  • Community North 24-hour line (317) 621-5700 or text HelpNow to 20121
  • National Suicide Hotline (888) 273-TALK (8255)
  • Local Crisis Hotline (317) 251-7575
  • www.crisischat.org

Do you do couple's counseling?

Yes. CCS offers couples counseling for students who are dealing with issues in their relationship with their significant other. A couple can be married, single, LGBTQIA, roommates, or housemates. As long as both partners are Butler University students, the couple can be seen at CCS for couples counseling. Both students will need to schedule an initial intake.

Can I make an appointment for my son/daughter, roommate, friend, student, romantic partner?

No. You cannot make an appointment for anyone but yourself, but you can encourage someone to come to CCS. 

How do I help someone get an appointment?

Some students may accept a referral for professional help better than others. It is usually best to be frank with students about the limits of your ability to assist them—limits of time, energy, training, objectivity. Most students find it reassuring that you respect their willingness to talk and that you want to support them in getting the assistance they need. Confused students may be comforted to know that they don't necessarily have to know what's wrong before they can ask for help. Assure them that seeking help doesn't necessarily mean that they have serious problems. Feeling down or low on energy and motivation; experiencing difficulties in relationships with friends, parents, partners; feeling anxious or depressed, and having concerns about future goals or plans are common experiences for college students and are also all very good reasons for seeking professional assistance.

Remember, that except in dangerous emergencies, the decision whether to accept or reject the referral is ultimately the student's. If you want to know whether a student has accepted your referral, please ask them. Any information about students’ use of our service is confidential, and CCS cannot provide any information about counseling to anyone without the student's written consent.

Should I refer to a specific counselor at CCS?

When you refer a student, it is helpful to promote CCS in its entirety, rather than suggesting the student see a particular counselor. However, encouraging the student by sharing your knowledge and confidence in a counselor or counselors at the center is certainly appropriate. Encouraging the student to accept an appointment at the earliest available time slot will allow the student to be seen sooner and does not rule out the option of seeing a specified counselor at a later time.

What can I expect when I come to CCS and meet with a counselor?

When a student first visits CCS, there are information forms to fill out before the student sees a counselor. During the first appointment, an intake counselor will begin an assessment of the student's needs and the ways in which the CCS might be able to help. No information obtained in counseling shall be discussed in any way by the counselor without the client's written permission unless disclosure is required by law.

After the initial meeting, the intake counselor will review the student’s information with a professional team to determine the best service for their needs. If our model of services is not appropriate for their presenting concern, we will assist in finding the services that will best meet their needs.

Who are your counselors? Are they students?

Counseling and Consultation Services is staffed by licensed clinical and counseling psychologists and closely supervised doctoral and master's level interns, in addition to our support staff. Counselors will inform you of their status when they meet you and make you aware of their level of training and background. None of our staff are Butler University students.

Do you have a psychiatrist on your staff to prescribe medication?

CCS contracts with a licensed psychiatrist, Dr. DeLynn Williams, to provide consultations for medications related to mental health conditions such as mood disorders and anxiety disorders.  Unlike most other CCS services, students will be charged a fee for using this service.  Initial consultations are billed at $150, and follow-up medication checks cost $60 for 15 minutes and $90 for 30 minutes.  Students may pay with a check or cash at the time of service or have their student account billed.   

How confidential is your service? I don’t want anyone to know I am in therapy.

All information gathered in counseling, including the fact that a student has come to CCS, is held in strict confidence. No information is released to anyone unless the student requests it or it is within the exceptions to confidentiality stated in Indiana state law, such as:

  • (a) CCS is court ordered to release information
  • (b) an immediate danger of serious harm to someone (self or others) requires that information be released to prevent the harm from happening
  • (c) risk of harm to children, the elderly, and the physically or mentally handicapped

If a student is entering law enforcement or the military he/she should know that applications routinely ask if you have sought counseling in the past.

Can I volunteer at your Counseling Center?

No.  In order to best protect students’ privacy, we do not allow volunteers or job shadowing.

Can I get a letter for a medical withdrawal? Can you write my professor a note to excuse me from class or exam or help me get an extension on my paper?

Providing letters of documentation is a service that must occur within the context of an on-going therapeutic relationship. CCS generally does not provide letters based solely on an intake/initial visit. On rare occasions, a CCS clinician may provide a letter as a documentation for an ongoing client; this decision depends on the nature of the letter you are requesting, the time frame of therapy and of concerns relevant to the letter, and your counselor’s professional opinion. There are some types of letters that are outside the scope of our services, including disability or accommodation assessments and letters related to service or support animals.

What if I don’t like my counselor? Can I switch?

If you are assigned to work with someone that you are uncomfortable with or do not like, the first thing we suggest for you is to discuss it with your counselor directly. All of the counselors at CCS are very comfortable with this type of discussion and understand that the main focus of our work is to help you achieve your goals. If we are interfering with this progress, we don’t mind stepping aside and letting you work with someone else. Most of the time we find that the discomfort you are experiencing can be resolved by having thoughtful conversations in session and trying different things. If this does not work, please contact CCS and let us know you want to switch. We will schedule a time for you to speak with the someone to help us determine why the switch is in your best interest and to make sure that we are able to assign you with another counselor who will best match up with your needs.

Can someone from the Counseling Center come speak to my organization or group?

Yes. CCS is here to help Butler University students develop the personal awareness and skills necessary to overcome problems, make effective decisions, and grow and develop in ways that will allow them to maximize their total educational experience at Butler University. Outreach services and educational programming serve as an integral part of our mission and an essential tool for prevention, wellness, and promotion of a supportive campus climate for all members of the Butler community including Butler University students, faculty, and staff. Please contact our Outreach Coordinator Dr. Steve Hines at shines@butler.edu if you are interested in requesting a program.

Programs are available for any campus organization, student group, or university department. The following list offers examples of topics we often provide, but the CCS staff members are available to collaborate with campus partners to design each program to fit each specific need or request:

  • Stress management
  • Relaxation
  • Study skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Relationship issues
  • Diversity
  • Eating disorders/body image
  • Sexual assault awareness
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicide prevention
  • Safe Space Training 

What happens to my records once I am done with counseling?

Indiana state law requires CCS to maintain a copy of your record for 7 years, after which it is destroyed.  If you request any documents from your record, you will need to sign a release form in person (bring ID).

What happens over the holidays?

CCS closes during the university holidays and during the week between Christmas and New Year’s when the university is closed.  CCS remains open during fall and spring breaks and over the summer.