Let’s Talk About… the Student Counseling Center

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Welcome (back) to Pacific! The Student Counseling Center (SCC) is committed to supporting Pacific students in reaching their academic potential by focusing on intellectual, emotional, social, and cultural development.

We offer a variety of support services for students including crisis support, consultations, referrals, group counseling, and short-term individual therapy. We also provide consultation to faculty, staff, and family regarding concerns they may have about a Pacific student and how they may be of support.

Plus, you may see us around campus providing education and advocacy around mental health and well-being at events, in classes, or tabling in the UC.

Who can come to the Counseling Center? Enrolled students who have paid the Student Health and Counseling Fee are eligible for services at the SCC. Why come to the Counseling Center?

Students seek our confidential support for many different reasons including adjustment to college life or graduate school expectations, academic performance, stress management and building resilience, navigating relationships, loneliness, impact of oppression and bias, grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, experiences of interpersonal violence, emotional concerns, cultural identity development, and body image concerns.

Some students come in to consult regarding someone they are worried about or to gain an outside perspective. By the time they graduate, 25 to 30 percent of students have utilized the counseling center at some point while at Pacific. 

To make an appointment, stop by the office, call or email. You have the opportunity to talk with a counselor without an appointment at noon on Monday through Friday during our walk-in hour. In Forest Grove, we are located at 2142 College Way – the brown building next to Admissions and across from Advising. In Hillsboro, we are located in the Tuality Professional Plaza at 730 SE Oak Street, Suite D, next to the graduate student lounge.

The Counseling Center clinics are open Monday through Friday in both locations and current hours can be found at our website. We make every effort to serve as many students as possible; therefore, we offer a short term therapy treatment model. For students who need long-term, comprehensive, or specialty psychological services, we assist with referrals into the community.

What is group counseling? Group counseling is an effective approach to many common concerns for college students including navigating difficult relationships, coping with anxiety, feeling isolated, and reducing self-doubt. Process groups provide a collaborative environment for self-exploration and problem-solving that combines professional guidance and the support of your peers.

Skills-based groups provide education about a particular topic and the opportunity to practice those skills. For example, we offer a mindful coping skills-based group where over three sessions students gain a deeper understanding of their concerns and enhance their flexibility to respond to these issues through mindful practices.

Our first Mindful Coping series starts on Tuesday Sept. 10 in Forest Grove and on Thursday Sept. 12 in Hillsboro (registration is required). Check out our website to learn more about our groups and to access online mental health resources!

Embarking upon or returning to the hubbub of college life is an adjustment and can often feel overwhelming. We encourage you to create space to relax, connect with friends and family, sleep (yes!), eat, move your body, and take care of your mental health. Welcome (back) to Pacific University from all of the staff at the Student Counseling Center!

Website: www.pacificu.edu/counselingcenter

Phone: 503-352-2191

Email: counselingcenter@pacificu.edu


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