To schedule an appointment with one of the counselors here, you can call (401) 254-3124 or stop by the office. In either case, a staff member at the front desk can make an appointment for you.
The hours during the academic year are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The summer hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You will be asked to fill out a brief information sheet and questionnaire prior to your first visit.
Students can generally be seen within a week of their initial request and, if the need is pressing, can often be seen on the same day.
At times we receive calls from persons wanting to make an appointment for somebody else. It is important to us that students who want our services do so out of their own free will, and so we require individuals to make their own appointments.
You will be able to talk freely and in confidence about what is troubling you. A counselor will listen, clarify and help you sort out your problems. They can also point out some of the various ways you might choose to address your particular set of concerns.
Your counselor might recommend that you begin counseling at the Center, or you might be referred to some other resource on campus or in the community. Your counselor might simply encourage you to continue with your present coping methods, but it's still useful to talk these things out with a trained and objective professional.
The initial meeting will last approximately one hour. If you and your counselor agree that individual therapy at the Counseling Center could be helpful, meetings are typically weekly and last about fifty minutes.