Counseling Services at Creighton University is where students can find understanding, acceptance, practical help and treatment to help them handle day-to-day challenges and encourage their personal growth and development.

Most students come to Counseling Services for assistance with some identifiable concern.  Some typical concerns include self esteem issues, relationships, stress and anxiety, loneliness, depression, eating disorders and alcohol or drug abuse.  Counseling Services offers assessment and psychological evaluation for academic success difficulties and mental health issues.  Couples and family therapy are also available when appropriate.

Counseling Services is staffed by two licensed psychologists, two provisionally-licensed psychologists, two licensed mental health practitioners,  two pre-doctoral psychology interns and practicum student(s) who provide services on an individual and group basis at no additional cost to students enrolled at Creighton University. Visit our staff page.

Additional information about Counseling Services, including our hours and location, making appointments, our staff, what to expect, etc. is also available throughout the website.

Why Students Come to Counseling Services

According to combined client intake data collected during the 2005-2006 fiscal year, new clients most often reported the following concerns:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Depression
  3. Concentration Difficulties
  4. Poor Study Skills
  5. Sleep
  6. Physical Problems
  7. Loneliness
  8. Academics
  9. Romantic Relationships
  10. Family Relationships

Students come to Counseling Services for a variety of reasons, including those listed above. Other reasons may have to do with stress, relationship problems, life purpose and direction, eating concerns, low self-confidence, sexual identity, decision making, family conflicts, self-defeating behaviors, abuse, trauma, etc.

  • Counseling can be an opportunity to talk about issues that are of concern to you with an objective person who can help you develop skills and view situations in ways that may enable you to be more effective in managing life's challenges down the road. Below is a list from the University of Buffalo Counseling Center of commonly shared reasons why a student might want to make use of a college Counseling Center.
  • The Counseling Center is a place to benefit from professional, experienced helpers.
  • Counselors are non-judgmental, objective helpers.
  • Counselors try to make you comfortable in talking—they understand and help you with your initial anxiety.
  • Counseling in the Counseling Center involves the concerns and problems of normal students.
  • Fact—lots of students are using the Counseling Center’s services.
  • Initiating and remaining in counseling is voluntary.
  • All counseling is confidential.  No information is released to anyone without written consent.  The rare exception is when information is revealed about current or future harm to self or others.

Are you considering counseling? Do you have questions about counseling might be like? Do you already have ideas about what counseling is or is not? Take a look at our article, What You Should Know about Counseling and Psychotherapy.

About Counseling Sessions

Individual counseling sessions are typically last 50 minutes.  Counseling can be an opportunity to talk about issues that are of concern to students with an objective person who can help them develop skills and view situations in ways that may enable them to be more effective in managing life's challenges down the road.  How to make an appointment.

Confidentiality

The staff at the Counseling and Psychological Services adheres to professional, legal and ethical guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association. In doing so, we maintain confidential records of all counseling. This means that information about your contact with the Counseling Center does not go on your academic record, nor is it released to any other office or individual without your permission and signature on a written release form. However, there are some rare exceptions to confidentiality. Counselors are mandated to report certain information in which there is possible harm to the client or another person, in cases of child or elder abuse, or in the event of a court order. While these situations can happen, they are very rare. It is important to remember that your counselor's primary goal is to provide a safe environment in which you will feel comfortable to talk about your personal concerns.

Limitations of Our Services

Creighton’s Counseling Services is an outpatient mental health service dedicated to treatment of enrolled Creighton undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.  Generally Counseling Services can treat the emotional difficulties and mental disorders that can safely be managed within the structure of an outpatient service.  The services that Counseling Services can provide are: weekly individual counseling appointments (with no specific time limit), group counseling sessions when an appropriate group is running, access to psychiatric or general medical consultation for medication, and occasional crisis intervention meetings.  There are certain mental health disorders that cannot be effectively treated within the structure and resources of Creighton’s Counseling Services.  Students that cannot be treated effectively or safely within this structure of resources will be referred to mental health resources within the community (in Omaha or in the student’s home community). Situations that require referral include (but are not limited to) the following:  symptoms of disorganized or disruptive psychoses and high suicidal potential requiring inpatient hospital treatment; serious eating disorders; chronic emotional crisis requiring intensive treatment, frequent appointments or special supervision or behavioral management.

Counseling Services office is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, and its staff adheres to the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association. Our staff is committed to meeting the needs of all individuals regardless of culture, race, gender, ability, or sexual orientation.