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Get to Know the Student Counseling Center

The Student Counseling Center (SCC) provides psychological services to support your mental health and help ensure your time here at UT is successful. Staff members provide a variety of short-term services for students including individual, group and couples therapy, psychiatry, and outreach programs for a range of mental health concerns.

Fall is going to look different for all of us. To protect students and our staff, SCC will be offering all of our services via Zoom for Healthcare, a HIPAA compliant videoconferencing platform. We are not offering in-person drop-in appointments for the fall semester. Please do not come to the office either to make an appointment or for an appointment. Just give us a call at 865-974-2296 and we’ll help you get started!

Appointments

Brief Assessment:  When you call our office at 865-974-2196 we will schedule a brief assessment appointment with you. We use a brief assessment as a means to give you access to a therapist as quickly as possible. The assessment appointment is not intended to function as a full therapy session. It is simply a starting point.  Once you are scheduled for an assessment, we will send a link to our forms that you must complete online prior to your assessment. The appointment may be either on the phone or by Zoom. During this session, you and a therapist will discuss your treatment needs and options. You may be referred to skills or group therapy, brief individual or couples therapy, psychiatry, or we can discuss treatment options outside the SCC (such as longer-term therapy or specialty treatment).

Individual Therapy: At your first individual therapy appointment (intake), you will be able to describe your concerns and you and your clinician will establish one or two goals for therapy work. It is important that you approach individual therapy with a “work” frame of reference, as change is a process that takes active involvement from you! Individual sessions may start weekly or every other week, and then be less frequent as you are improving. Many students get their needs met in just a few sessions.

Group Therapy:  In group therapy, a small number of students meet weekly with one or two group therapists. Groups are often the best way for people to receive counseling services. In groups, members share concerns and listen to each other, give and receive feedback, offer support to one another, express feelings, and learn more about how they interact with others.

We offer different types of groups that fall into two broader categories: skills groups, that focus on teaching students tools for change or symptom management, and process groups, that are more focused on helping group members examine their issues in a therapeutic group setting.

Community Referrals

Occasionally, a student’s mental health needs may require a referral to a community provider. Substance dependency or severe eating problems are examples of problems that cannot be adequately addressed at the SCC. Other times a student may need more urgent, intensive, or longer term care than we can provide. In such cases, we will assist the student in finding an appropriate provider in the community.

Our Commitment

While we are not able to see you in person during this pandemic, our commitment to providing excellent mental health services to you is unwavering. If you are experiencing mental health concerns that are undermining your personal or academic success, please give us a call.