Moral—and Mental—Support

GWU Counseling Center Offers Services to Students, Employees

While the college experience is often referred to as “the best years of one’s life,” it can also be one of the most stressful times. Students experience extensive changes in their lives while in college. Some leave home, community, and even their home culture as they begin a more independent lifestyle. Some face unexpected additions to the multiple roles and responsibilities they already manage. Stress is experienced in the form of academic, social, family, work, and financial demands on students. At times, these burdens can become overwhelming to the student and can impair his/her ability to successfully cope with the problem.

Many students at times feel puzzled or concerned about themselves or the situations in which they find themselves. They may:

• wonder if they can handle what they are doing
• have trouble finding or getting along with a close companion
• feel isolated or alienated and want to belong
• have strong feelings, such as depression or anxiety, that keep them from doing what they want or need to do
• need to learn how to work more effectively
• worry about how they eat
• have trouble getting along with family members
• find it hard to get over losing someone or something
• have difficulty with alcohol or other drugs
• wonder where they are heading in life
• feel stuck or split about an important decision
• struggle with spiritual issues

The Gardner-Webb University Counseling Center offers an array of services for both individuals and groups. Individuals and couples can come to counseling to clarify concerns they might have, to deal with specific problems or to explore personal growth. An initial assessment session and follow-up appointments are typically utilized to resolve a concern. Sessions are usually 50 minutes in length. Opportunities for group experience are offered to students with specific interests and needs.

In addition, students trained by the Counseling Center staff to provide confidential peer services to Gardner-Webb students, such as active listening, empathy, assistance with problem-solving strategies, peer mediation, moral support, and referral to University counselors as needed.

Learn more about counseling services available to students, faculty, and staff