Initial Consultation

Initial Consultation

How to receive an Initial Consultation

At Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS), being accessible and responsive to students is one of our highest priorities. First-time, non-emergency appointments ("Initial Consultations") are generally available within 1-2 business days, depending on your availability.

What to expect in the Initial Consultation

It is important to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment in order to complete paperwork; as there are many appointments scheduled each day, appointments will not be extended in order to accommodate a late arrival or incomplete paperwork. In your Initial Consultation (IC), you will meet with a counselor for 30 minutes. The IC is a brief meeting, and not a therapy session. The counselor will ask you questions about your current concerns and safety, and collaboratively make decisions for the most effective next steps for treatment that include the following possible options:

  1. Participation in a CPS therapeutic group
  2. Participation in a clinical workshop or skills-training group
  3. Participation in more in-depth screening services for alcohol/other drug issues or eating issues
  4. Participation in time-limited individual therapy. Most students would receive up to 12 sessions per calendar year, although there may be a waiting period to receive individual therapy if you choose to get individual therapy at CPS; exceptions are made based on clinical need.
  5. Connection to other Rowan resources that support well-being and academic success
  6. Referral to a community mental health provider for therapeutic treatment 

Your initial consultation counselor at CPS can help connect you with services that best meet your individual needs.


Remember: There is no need to wait to begin long-term counseling. A CPS clinician can promptly help you connect with a community provider that best meets your needs.