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Counseling Services

SHWC Counseling Services Scope of Practice Statement (PDF)

A Statement about Counseling Services

Our counselors possess the fundamental belief that individuals have worth, dignity and the ability to solve their own problems by understanding themselves and their alternatives. People who are motivated and willing to change benefit most from counseling. Staff are professionally trained in the areas of counseling, clinical social work or psychology.

Counseling services are provided to assist clients in areas of personal growth and adjustment to life stressors. Counseling typically explores such issues as well-being, relationship, social and sexual struggles, self-esteem enhancement, academic difficulties, eating disorders, major life decisions, grief, depression and anxiety. Students seeking counseling explore their ability to cope with life effectively by establishing a trusting and confidential relationship with a counselor.

Counseling begins with an assessment of the student’s concerns and goals and determination regarding whether the student would most benefit from counseling here. SHWC counseling services utilizes a short-term model or referral to a community provider. We do not provide long-term counseling. You may discontinue counseling at any time. We do ask that you let us know ahead of time so that we may have a closing session and if necessary provide you with other resources.

You may question any procedures used in our session and you may also refuse the use of certain therapeutic techniques. Records may be reviewed with you at your request. Along with our commitment to provide high quality counseling services, we have a commitment to the education and training of counseling interns. Interns working on Master’s degrees may provide services. These interns are supervised by counseling staff and adhere to the same policies as other staff members. You will be consulted if your treatment is to be provided by an intern.

Mental health is of utmost importance and directly correlates with physical well-being. We are pleased to offer both physical and mental health services.

For more information about Counseling Services please contact our Executive Director, Anna D'Amato. 

Anna D'Amato, MS
Executive Director
T: 541-552-8464
F: 541-552-6693

Personal Counseling Services

Personal counseling services are provided to help individuals develop self-awareness,

 recognize alternatives, and feel empowered to take charge of their lives.

Students typically explore such issues as personal growth and well-being, relationship problems, social and sexual struggles, self-esteem enhancement, academic difficulties, eating disorders, major life decisions, grief, depression and anxiety.

A student requesting mental health services is entitled to an assessment session with one of the licensed counselors on staff. In this session the student and counselor work together to decide on the best plan for the student. This could be a few sessions of counseling from the Personal Counseling Center located at the Student Health & Wellness Center, or perhaps a referral to a community counselor for longer-term counseling or a referral to another student service on campus.

In order to help build a healthy campus environment, counselors do outreach to student services and academic departments. Students, faculty and staff are informed about what constitutes good mental health, about the signs of mental health concerns, and what to do when questions occur. Counseling services include:

  • Couple's counseling
  • Crisis services
  • Gender-affirming care focused on Identity development, Gender identity, and Sexual exploration
  • Groups
  • Individual counseling
  • Suicide prevention services
  • SOU Campus Support Groups and Peer Resources (PDF)
  • Presentations to student groups, faculty and staff
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Referrals to campus resources
  • Trainings for student workers and leaders, faculty and staff

Counseling staff are professional mental health providers including Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Family and Marriage Therapist (FMT).

If you would like to schedule a counseling appointment, please contact the SHWC front desk at 541-552-6136 during business hours.

Services we offer:

Mental Health Care Within Primary Medical Care

Our physicians and family nurse practitioners can diagnosis and treat depression and anxiety within the appropriate scope of primary medical care. Referrals may be made to the psychiatric nurse practitioner to further evaluation and assessment of the best pharmacological treatment.

Questions or comments can be sent to SHWCfeedback@sou.edu 

560 Indiana St  | Ashland, OR 97520 |Tel: (541) 552-6136 |Fax: (541) 552-6693