FAQ's about Counseling

FAQ's about Counseling

What can I expect from counseling at ASU Counseling Services?

Our staff has broad experience, expertise, and sensitivity to diversity. We are adept in working with you to determine what you need and our clinicians will listen carefully to your concerns before making recommendations for next steps for treatment. For some, that may include recommendations for continued individual work at Counseling Services, a referral to one of our many groups, or a referral to a community provider. All recommendations are based on your individual needs, and we take into consideration all factors that affect you including financial, academic, and emotional. Your counselor will respect you and your difficulties and is committed to making sure you receive the best possible treatment. We look forward to assisting you with your personal and career concerns.

What is the difference between personal counseling and academic advising?

Personal counseling focuses on emotional concerns, problems in adjusting, career concerns and other factors that may affect your ability to achieve your academic goals. Although personal counseling often focuses on factors that affect your academic performance, academic advising focuses on helping you to schedule courses and navigate various administrative processes in order for you to successfully complete your degree requirements and graduate.

How do I know if I need counseling?

Students who seek counseling do so because they are experiencing some form of discomfort or dissatisfaction in their personal lives. They may have problems in their relationships with others or concerns about their personal adequacy or competence. Many experience anxiety or depression without really knowing why. At times, students may also experience academic struggles or a lack of career direction. These and many other concerns are common reasons for seeking help at ASU counseling services.

Isn’t counseling for sick people?

In a word: No. There are many stigmas about who participates in counseling and what happens in counseling. For example, some believe that only those who are morally or emotionally weak go to a counselor while others believe that if you go to a counselor then you must be struggling more than others do. Stigmas and stereotypes often prevent people from seeking out the help that they need so it can take real courage to seek out the assistance of a counselor. However, the sooner you can receive treatment the better your chances of preventing problems from worsening. Counseling is not just for people who are in crisis or having unusual experiences. People who are having mild difficulties in living or just wanting to explore their values and beliefs can also find counseling to be quite beneficial.


Common Student Concerns

The two resources listed here contain up-to-date information about common areas of concern for students including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, anger management, grief & loss, shyness, alcohol/drug use and abuse. Click on the links and explore to find out more about your concern(s).

American Psychological Association

National Institute of Mental Health

You will also find information about similar concerns and wellness resources at the following ASU websites:

ASU Well Devils

Complete your Personal Wellness Profile here

Additional topic-specific areas of interest (Alphabetical)


Career Choice

Cutting / Self-Harm

Domestic Violence

Eating Concerns / Body Image

Grief and Loss

  • How to Deal With Grief

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Issues


Quitting Tobacco


Sexual Assault

Social Anxiety



Study Skills

Substance Abuse


Time Management