All student visits to the Counseling Center are confidential and no information can be released without the student's written consent. Although we cannot share confidential information with you, our counselors are available to consult with you if you desire further information about the Counseling Center or if you want to discuss a concern.
The qualifications of each staff member in the Counseling Center are different. We invite you to view our Meet the Staff page for details about the qualifications of each staff member.
Your son can call the Counseing Center to arrange an appointment. If he prefers, he can come to the Counseling Center during our Walk-In Hours, which are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday that classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
All counseling services provided by the Counseling Center are free to registered and enrolled TTU students. He does not need to have insurance for any counseling services provided by the Counseling Center. If your son requires a service that is not provided by the Counseling Center, we will assist in making a referral to an appropriate community resource.
Ask your daughter to talk to you about how it is to be at the university and what her days have been like. Listen to what she has to say without giving advice or solutions right away. Just let her talk to you about what's going on and how she's dealing with things. Ask her what she worries about and what she thinks might help her. Let her know that going to college is a big change and that stress is natural in this situation. Adjusting to being away from home, having to make decisions for herself, and trying to figure everything out takes time, maybe several weeks. Encourage her to have fun and to begin to develop friendships with people she can talk to. Tell her that you have faith in her and that you support her and will be there for her. Ask her to stay in touch with you on a regular basis. If she continues to have problems adjusting or feeling overwhelmed, direct her to the Counseling Center where she can talk to someone about her stress.
Most of us have experienced brief episodes of depression in our lives. Depression that lingers is likely to require professional intervention. Depression may be precipitated by a significant loss: loss of a loved one, loss of a special role in life, loss of physical ability due to illness or injury, loss of self-esteem after failing to reach an important goal. Perfectionism, setting unrealistically high goals, or expecting to be in control of everything in our lives, can set us up for depression. Some common signs of depression include:
Your son may look to you as a role model and may view you as a major resource for guidance and help with his problem. Your willingness to be there-to listen, to support and encourage, to share your knowledge and experience, to advise-plays a significant role in your son's persistence and success. Discuss with your son the option of coming to the Counseling Center and speaking with a professional who can help. Your son may be skeptical and reluctant to seek this help. It is important for you to accept his reaction, while calmly repeating your recommendation.
The TTU Disability Services office can provide your daughter with general information on services available, learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorders, including a list of Cookeville area providers who can do initial or updated testing to document the type of problem or need and recommended resources or learning accommodations. You may call them at (931) 372-6119.
Sometimes parents see behaviors that cause concern about drug or alcohol use. If several of the following statements are true, your son or daughter may have a problem with drugs or alcohol:
If you speak to your student about your concerns, remember to do so calmly and to be aware of your own emotions and attitudes. Feel free to call the Counseling Center for further help with questions you may have. A counselor can speak with you regarding other factors to consider regarding assessment and treatment options. If your son is willing to do so, encourage him to call the Counseling Center to make an appointment to discuss the situation.
There are several steps you can take to get help:
At the Counseling Center, we know that eating issues and related problems can be complex with both psychological and physical components. During initial meetings with a student who has eating concerns, we provide an assessment to determine the exact nature of the problem. We then offer either short-term treatment or a referral, depending upon what is best for each student. Sometimes seeking help can be difficult to do, and we understand this. We attempt to work with students to set goals that are comfortable for them.
We find that students who are active members of student organizations tend to enjoy their college years more than those students who are not involved on campus. Joining one of the many student organizations or volunteering for a local charity can ease your child’s adjustment to Tennessee Tech. You can encourage your son to become involved in a variety of campus activities by urging him to check out some or all of the following web sites:
Encourage your daughter to call the Counseling Center for assistance. Your daughter might also like to contact Genesis House, which is Cookeville's domestic violence information center and shelter. Genesis House can provide shelter, confidential sexual assault examinations, court support, counseling, support groups, and helpful referrals. All services provided by Genesis House are free and confidential.