Counseling Services at UA
Sexual assault often requires a combination of legal, medical, psychological, spiritual, familial, and personal responses. It can disrupt a person’s life in many ways. Common feelings include fear, anxiety, rage, depression, and even guilt. Thoughts can be contradictory and confusing. Talking through the assault soon after may prevent longer-term problems. It is never too late to speak with a professional about an assault.
The Mental Health Clinician for Sexual Assault and Trauma Services at CAPS is skilled in dealing with emotional distress resulting from sexual assault, trained to listen carefully and respectfully, and trained to facilitate conversations that might include:
- Exploring medical and legal options and generating safety plans
- Addressing ways to talk with others about what has happened or is happening to you
- Identifying concerns about the harm done to you and understanding how it is affecting your life
- Identifying healthy ways of coping with and healing from assault
- Coping with a loved one’s/roommate’s/friend’s experience of assault or violence
Free and Confidential
The counseling services provided by the Mental Health Clinician for Sexual Assault and Trauma Services are provided with no charge for the first two (2) visits. Each session thereafter has a $25 fee. All interactions with the counselor, including scheduling of or attendance at appointments, content of your sessions, progress in counseling, and your records are confidential.* No record of counseling is contained in any academic, education, or job placement file.
*The Mental Health Clinician for Sexual Assault and Trauma Services is mandated by law to report incidents of abuse/assault of individuals under the age of 18. There are a few other exceptions to the rule of confidentiality, and your counselor will address those with you.
What can I expect?
Counseling services are provided by licensed mental health providers with training and experience working with individuals who have been impacted by sexual assault. They are also familiar with other services or programs on campus and in the community that may be helpful to you.
Sometimes one session is all that is required, sometimes people come in for several sessions, and sometimes people see a counselor intermittently over a period of time. You are free to stop counseling at any time.
How do I make an appointment?
The initial session is typically scheduled by appointment. Call the Mental Health Clinician for Sexual Assault and Trauma Services at (520) 621-3334 or stop by the third floor of the Campus Health building at Highland Commons (near 6th and Highland) to schedule an appointment. If your situation is an emergency, you may request to be seen immediately.
You can also visit the Campus Health Service website for more information. http://www.health.arizona.edu/counseling-and-psych-services