Spring 2020 classes have resumed online.
Please visit dcccd.edu/coronavirus for additional information and to learn how to prepare for online classes.

Individual Counseling Sessions

Individual Sessions

College life can be challenging and stressful, and many times it helps to talk with a caring professional who is objective and non-judgmental. Counseling is a collaborative effort to perhaps learn more about yourself, gain new skills, make decisions, address concerns that interfere with your personal and academic success or enhance your ability to cope with difficult situations. The reasons for coming to counseling are varied, but you and your counselor will work together to identify your individual concerns and develop appropriate strategies to address them.

Individuals are also encouraged to take a free, anonymous online mental health screening to determine whether meeting with a counselor would be beneficial. Students may bring the printed results to a counselor for discussion. 

Students in need of community resources for issues such as food, legal services, housing/homelessness, childcare, intimate partner violence and more can schedule an appointment with one of our case managers. Visit the Case Management page for more details.

Your First Appointment

During your first visit, called the intake session, you will explore the concerns that led you to schedule an appointment with us. You and your counselor will then discuss options for treatment. This may include continued individual counseling or referral to an on- or off-campus service that may be more appropriate for your needs.


  • Individual appointments last 45-50 minutes.
  • Currently enrolled Cedar Valley College students who are 18 years and older are eligible for up to eight sessions per semester.
  • There is no cost for appointments.


Counseling involves sharing sensitive and personal information with your counselor. This information is not disclosed to anyone without your written permission. However, there are exceptions to confidentiality to be aware of before you begin counseling. Please visit the Confidentiality page to learn more.