Individual counseling is an opportunity to improve mental health in a confidential, caring space. UHS counselors use relational and solution-focused methods while attending to the developmental, identity-related, and mental health concerns of students.
Individual counseling sessions typically last 50 minutes, and providers work with students to address emotional, psychological, interpersonal, academic, or other issues that cause distress. Most students attend between one and four sessions to address their concerns.
Every new client starts with a phone screening to collaboratively determine your needs and connect you to the best resources. There is no charge for this appointment. To schedule an Access Appointment phone screening, call 608-265-5600 (option 2) or log on to MyUHS for 24-hour web appointment booking.
MHS primarily provides brief individual treatment for mental health concerns. If your concerns would best be addressed through specialized, longer-term, or open-ended services, a counseling group or community referral (a provider in the Madison area) may be recommended. Care managers can help to connect you to these resources.
If you think that your provider is not a good match for you, we encourage you to discuss your concerns directly with your provider. Our providers understand that not all client/patient/provider assignments are a good fit and will help facilitate a referral to another provider, as appropriate. If you have further concerns, you are welcome to contact the Director of Clinical Services.