All of us will encounter difficulties in life, and sometimes we are unable to handle these challenges alone. Not being able to find a solution to a problem can be very distressing and often we must look to others for support.
Deciding whether or not to seek professional help can be perplexing. Counseling Services recognizes that many people feel there is a stigma associated with seeking counseling. Some fear that it is a sign of weakness, or that going to a counselor means a person is “crazy.” These stereotypes are inaccurate, but unfortunately keep many people from utilizing this resource. The University of Bridgeport community and Counseling Services make efforts to dispel these mistaken ideas.
It is a sign of strength and intelligence when a person makes an effort to address his/her problems and accepts the help available. In contrast, avoiding dealing with one’s problems and ignoring helpful resources often leads to greater difficulties.
At University of Bridgeport’s Counseling Services, approximately 200 students were seen in individual counseling last year for a total of over 750 appointments. Services were provided to assist with a variety of student concerns including (but not limited to):
Stress, Worry, or Anxiety
Overcoming Depression and Despair
Adjusting to University Life
Isolation and Loneliness
Suicidal thoughts and behavior
Alcohol & Drugs
Difficult past experiences
Coping with Death & Grief
Health, Diet, & Body Image
Separation from family and other family Issues
If you are dealing with any of these issues…or any others, you are not alone. It takes courage to make the first step toward accepting help. Contact us today if you would like to make an appointment.