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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.

The SCC is housed in the Health Center, which creates the need for additional safeguards for all Vols and visitors to our center. Masks are required for all in-person services. We will be offering a mix of telehealth and in-person services this fall. Telehealth services are via Zoom for Healthcare or doxy.me, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platforms. Just give us a call at 865-974-2196 and we’ll help you get started!

Appointments 

Brief Assessment:  When you call our office, we will schedule a brief assessment appointment with you by telehealth. Once you are scheduled for a brief assessment, we will send a link to our forms that you must complete online prior to your assessment. brief assessment is a quick access appointment that is your starting point at SCC, not a therapy session. During this session, you and a therapist will discuss your treatment needs and options, including if you wish to be seen in person or by telehealth. 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 group therapy, members share concerns, listen to each other, give, and receive feedback, offer support to one another, express feelings, and learn more about how they interact with others. For the fall, expect groups to remain virtual (Zoom).

We offer different types of groups that fall into two broader categories: skills groups, that focus on teaching you 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

There are times when a student’s mental health needs require a referral to a community provider. Substance dependency or active eating disorders 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.