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You’re not the same as any other student, so why would your therapy be? Individual counseling and psychotherapy services are individualized to meet the unique needs of each student at RIT.

Short-Term Therapy Model

Counseling and Psychological Services follows a short-term, goal-focused therapy model to assist students experiencing concerns or needs that interfere with their ability to be successful in school or in their personal growth, functioning, and adjustment. Our overall objective with this model is to facilitate adaptation, adjustment, and resilient functioning in order to enable students to continue enrollment in college and to pursue academic, career, and personal success with minimal disruption or delay.

Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy Appointments

Individual counseling and psychotherapy appointments are goal-oriented sessions that are tailored to your personal needs. Given our short-term therapy model approach to individual counseling, treatment is from 2-6 sessions, at which point continued needs will be further assessed. Session length is based on the individual need of the student. Throughout the sessions, you and your therapist will not only develop a plan based on your goals but also measure your progress along the way, ultimately positioning you to successfully sustain changes and function to your highest ability.

You can make your counseling experience more effective by having:  

  • A sense of the goals you wish to accomplish
  • A good connection with your therapist including mutual respect, trust, and understanding
  • The motivation to make changes that may be needed

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Single Session Therapy

Single Session Therapy is designed for students who have a specific mental health goal, want to develop a plan without a recurring treatment plan, and want to work independently after the appointment. An appointment typically lasts 45-60 minutes, focusing on your immediate goal. You will leave the session with specific and manageable strategies.

Students not currently engaged in ongoing therapy with Counseling and Psychological Services who believe their concern can potentially be addressed in one meeting are eligible for a Single Session Therapy appointment. In preparation for your appointment, we encourage you to start thinking about your specific goal(s) for our meeting and any previous strategies that have been unsuccessful. If desired, you have the option to request a short-term, goal focused treatment plan after the single session. 

Students certain they are seeking short-term, goal-focused therapy should schedule an initial appointment in place of a Single Session Therapy appointment.

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