Contact Information: 216-397-4283 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The University Counseling Center will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 31st. The Counseling Center will be closed for the Summer, Tuesday, June 1st and reopen on Monday, August 2nd. If this is an emergency, please contact the John Carroll Police Department at 216-397-1234 or the Cuyahoga County Crisis Line at 216-623-6888. Any other questions may be directed to the Dean of Students office at 216-397-3010.
Academic Year - Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. First session of the day is at 9:00 am; last session is 4:30 pm EDT. The Counseling Center is closed on weekends. NOTE: All services are provided virtually this semester.
Location: We are temporarily located on the garden level of Pacelli Hall (entrance near the Pacelli parking lot).
Online Appointment Requests & Paperwork: Interested in requesting an appointment online? Need to complete online paperwork for your appointment? You can do so via our online portal. Click the "Appointment Request" button, or click the appropriate paperwork button.
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Quick Links to Student Help Resources:
TAO (interactive self-help resources)
Let's Talk (drop-in consultations with one of our therapists)
How do you make an appointment?
An initial session can be scheduled any time between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To schedule, call 216-397-4283 or use our online portal to request an appointment.
What can you expect at the initial session?
The first session, called a "triage" session, usually lasts about 20 minutes and will most often be a phone call with a counselor. Prior to the triage, you will be asked to provide some background information about yourself in our secure, online database. The triage counselor will have a brief conversation with you about the information you provide, explain the services of the Counseling Center, and decide best next steps. Future sessions may be with a different counselor than the one you will be speaking with during your initial visit. As stated above, all services offered during Fall 2020 will be virtual.
The services of the Counseling Center are offered free of charge to all students currently enrolled in credit courses at John Carroll University.
What about Confidentiality?
All information shared during the counseling experience is held in complete confidence within the Counseling Center, except in cases where there is imminent danger to the individual or another person.
Important Notice for Fall 2020: The John Carroll Counseling center will not be conducting face to face counseling sessions until further notice, but we are still here for our students! All counseling and psychiatry services will still be offered in a virtual format via Zoom.
Counselors are available to meet on an individual basis with students seeking help. The student seeking counseling can talk confidentially about anything that is on his or her mind. Students seek counseling to deal with a wide variety of concerns including but not limited to: stress, anxiety, sadness, grief, family difficulties, relationships, self-esteem, loneliness, body image or eating concerns, interpersonal violence counseling / advocacy, and academic difficulties.
A part-time psychiatrist and psychiatry resident(s) are available at the Counseling Center on a limited basis (Wednesday afternoons) to provide assessment and medication monitoring for students engaged in counseling services. Any student using psychiatry services must all continue to use counseling services. If a student is interested solely in psychiatry, our office can provide off campus referrals.
Refer to our Emergency Info page
Faculty, staff, parents, and students who are concerned about a student can consult with our counseling staff.
Educational Workshops and Self-Help Resources
Our staff offers workshops and programs that support student development to the entire campus community. If you would like the Counseling Center to provide a presentation or other outreach programming to your student group or class, please complete the Outreach Request Form. Self-help brochures on a wide variety of topics are available free of charge at the Counseling Center. We also offer psycho-educational videos and other resources on our website’s Mental Health Resources page.
University Counseling Center – Scope of Services
The University Counseling Center (UCC) strives to provide as many clinical services to our students as possible in a safe and responsible manner. The UCC invites all currently enrolled students to make an initial appointment to meet with one of our counselors and discuss their concerns. During this initial meeting, the counselor, in collaboration with students, will recommend services within the UCC or the community and assist students in obtaining the appropriate services to meet their needs.
When appropriate, students may be referred to services offered within the UCC. In order to use its resources most effectively, the UCC utilizes a short-term model of therapy (although there is no strict session limit) to assist students in addressing issues common in a college setting.
Some of the issues that are commonly addressed in short-term counseling at the UCC are:
- Personal Issues: Stress and anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, guilt, low self-esteem, and grief
- Relationship Issues: Romantic relationship difficulties, sexual concerns, roommate problems, and family issues
- Developmental & Identity Issues: Identity development, issues related to diversity, adjustment to college, and life transitions
- Academic Concerns: Performance anxiety, perfectionism, underachievement, and low motivation
- Other Issues: Effects of trauma, sexual assault, abuse, concerns from childhood or adolescence, spiritual concerns, body image, food preoccupation, and healthy lifestyle choices
Students whose needs cannot be accommodated within short-term counseling are referred to community resources. Similarly, students whose needs require a particular type of expertise or capability that is not found in the UCC are also referred into the community. The UCC provides referral services either after the initial session or as these factors become more apparent during the course of services. The UCC staff will provide referral options that we believe will best meet students’ needs. The UCC staff will typically follow-up with students to be sure the referral was facilitated and offer additional assistance in finding resources as necessary. Students are encouraged to follow-up through an appointment(s) at the UCC, although some students may opt to follow-up by email only. If transportation is an issue for students, the UCC staff will refer students to the university’s Health Center which provides van services for off-campus appointments.
Some of the issues that are commonly addressed through referral to services outside of the UCC include:
- A desire to be seen more than once a week or for long-term therapy, or a need for such as indicated by:
- History of multiple hospitalizations
- Chronic suicidality and/or self-injury behaviors; history of repeated suicide attempts
- Manifestations of psychotic symptoms without willingness to remain on medication for the stabilization of symptoms
- Indication that short-term therapy may be detrimental or non-beneficial
- Students who need specialized services not available through the UCC as indicated by:
- Presence of significant drug and/or alcohol problems such as substance dependence, primary substance abuse, and/or past failed treatments
- Presence of significant or long-standing eating disorder with no period of remission, no previous treatment, or that may pose a medical danger
- Request for testing/evaluation or medication management for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Request for assessment or documentation for service or emotional support animals
o Request for any mandated treatment
If you are unsure whether or not the UCC services are the best fit for your needs, our staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss your individual situation.
The mission of the University Counseling Center is to foster the growth of students within the context of the whole person; enhancing their emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social development in order to facilitate the achievement of their academic and personal goals.
The Counseling Center at John Carroll University is fully committed to serving all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religious or spiritual beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, or socio-economic status, in a manner that confirms, affirms and supports their inherent dignity, worth, and value. The Counseling Center staff consciously and proactively strives to create an atmosphere of openness, trust, respect, and safety, where diversity in attitudes, beliefs or values can be explored and discussed. We strive to educate ourselves and others on issues related to power, privilege, institutionalized oppression, discrimination, and other forms of marginalization. We realize that mental health is often affected by these forms of oppression and marginalization. Our staff and trainees are committed to providing culturally competent counseling services in order to advocate, empower, support, and facilitate relevant, positive therapeutic outcomes for our clients.
Outreach Request Form
We offer programs, workshops, class presentations, and training opportunities for the university community.