What to Expect


What to Expect on Your First Visit

When you arrive at or call Student Counseling Services, you will first talk with our receptionist. The receptionist will work to find the first available appointment that matches your schedule. If you are in need of immediate help, please tell the receptionist and you will be seen as soon as possible.

One session per week is typical in most instances; however, your therapist will recommend the frequency of therapy that is appropriate to you and your circumstances

You will be asked to complete some paperwork on or before your first visit. These forms ask questions such as your name, address, year at ORU and other demographic information as well as some personal history. In addition, they ask what concerns brought you to Student Counseling Services and ask you to review a list of symptoms and experiences you may or may not be having. You may want to print/fill out the forms ahead of time; they are attached below.

Once the forms have been filled out, a counselor will come to the waiting room to greet you and take you to their office. This appointment is called an "intake" and is typically used to gather information about you and what brought you to Counseling Services.

  •  Your counselor will expect you to let her/him know what is most important for you to talk about. You will be doing most of the talking. You may talk about whatever is concerning you.
  • Your counselor is trained to listen in an objective way to help you examine your concerns, understand yourself better and explore ways to fulfill your goals and resolve your own problems.
  • Seeking counseling does not mean you are “weak.” Deciding to examine and to work on your issues and concerns is an active and courageous first step in the process of changing your life for the better.
  • Your counselor will not be able to “see through” you or “read your mind.” The more open and honest you are, the more helpful counseling can be. However, you will not be forced to talk about anything you don’t feel ready to talk about. When you do choose to talk about something that is difficult for you, your counselor will listen in a non-judgmental manner.
  • You will be expected to be an active and committed partner in the counseling process.
  • Your meetings with the counselor, as well as what you discuss in sessions, will be kept strictly confidential in accordance with state laws and ethical guidelines.
  • When a person first begins to talk about concerns, he or she may have some painful feelings that emerge initially as a result. If you do experience such feelings, talk them over with your counselor.
  • As with all relationships, you may occasionally have a misunderstanding with your counselor. It’s important to tell your counselor about any negative or uncomfortable feelings you have about the counselor or the counseling process. These discussions can become an important part of the counseling process.
  • As physical conditions can contribute to or be the cause of psychological symptoms, your therapist may recommend a physical evaluation with a medical doctor.

Intake form

Please print and fill out before you come in.

Counseling Intake Form