Counseling is a collaborative process which is supported by the unique, confidential, helping relationship that develops between the counselor and the client. In this relationship, the counselor acts as a facilitator in helping the client achieve either greater self-understanding and/or find solutions to the problems the client hopes to resolve.
At Oxford College Counseling and Career Services, individual counseling can help students understand and resolve concerns regarding mood (you feel stressed, you feel sad or unmotivated, you are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating, you question the meaning of your life, etc.), academics (you are performing poorly on exams even though you study and feel prepared, you procrastinate to the extent that you are unable to meet deadlines for turning in assignments, you blank on exams and are not able to demonstrate to the professor that you know and understand the material, etc.), relationships (you feel homesick, you feel anxious or self-conscious when interacting with peers; you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you are engaged in a conflict with a family member, partner, or friend, etc), and problematic behaviors (you eat erratically, you are using alcohol or marijuana, getting intoxicated or stoned, and know few other ways of relaxing and having fun, you are cutting or burning yourself, you are lying to friends, professors, and/or family members, etc.).
Couples counseling works toward alleviating the strains in a close relationship. Examples include working out a problem with a roommate, close friend, or a significant other.