Information for my consultation clients

By Nelson Binggeli, PhD

Dear Georgia Tech student,

I greatly respect your decision to seek a consultation regarding challenges you may be experiencing. This document provides a brief introduction to what to expect from our consultation as well as services and resources we can consider to help you meet your needs.

(1) Consultation: Consultations consist of an initial session typically lasting 45-60 minutes and may include follow-up contact by phone, email, or in person. In our consultation, I will help you to define your goals and to identify coping strategies, services, and resources that may be helpful. I am committed to collaborating with you until you have connected with the available resources that can help you meet your goals. Frequently, this process must extend beyond our initial consultation. Some of the other possible services and resources we can consider include the following:

(2) GTCC workshops: Our workshops are educational experiences that help participants learn coping skills for managing life’s challenges. We have two types of workshops:

(a) Our Life Skills Workshops are open only for current clients of the Center, and are held at the Center. Virtually everyone coming to the Center could benefit from these workshops, and it is highly likely that I will recommend that you attend the ones that are most relevant to your concerns.

(b) Our Outreach Workshops are offered to the entire campus community and are typically held at the Georgia Tech Library.

(3) Educational resources (e.g., self-help): I often recommend that clients access resources that provide education about issues and disorders, and about coping skills and treatments. The links in the previous sentence lead to resources on my personal website. In our consultation, we can identify the types of materials that may be most appropriate for you.

(4) Individual counseling: Individual counseling involves ongoing individual meetings with a counselor, often on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The Georgia Tech Counseling Center (GTCC) may be able to provide short-term counseling (up to 16 sessions) to students who have issues that are appropriate to address within this time frame. For students who would benefit from longer-term counseling, we often recommend a referral to counseling in the community.  If you are waiting to receive individual counseling at GTCC, please read about what you can do while you are waiting and about options to consider if the wait is to exceed 3 weeks.    

(5) Group counseling: GTCC offers about a dozen counseling groups each semester, including more general groups that support students in making positive changes in their lives, as well as groups based on specific issues or types of students. For many students, addressing their issues within the context of a counselor-led group can be the most helpful form of counseling. Group can be equally if not more helpful than individual counseling. The American Group Therapy Association has an excellent introduction to group counseling and its benefits on its website.

(6) Couples counseling: GTCC has a limited availability of openings for couples’ counseling. If couples’ counseling is desired, but openings for timely service at GTCC are limited, I will work with you to obtain a suitable referral in the community.

(7) Other campus services: Here is a link to a list of Georgia Tech campus services.

(8) Medical referral: If you have not had a physical exam in the past year, I encourage you to obtain one. If you are experiencing a disorder that may be effectively treated with medication, I will recommend that you become informed about this treatment option and that you consult with a psychiatrist either at the Georgia Tech Student Health Service Psychiatric Clinic or through a referral to a psychiatrist in the community.

(9) Assessment: GTCC offers a variety of assessment-related services. One of our primary services is to provide consultations and screenings for students who are having difficulties with academic performance, learning, or concentration, and who may be concerned that they have Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a Learning Disorder (LD). For more information, please see our assessment webpage.

(10) Follow-up consultation: If needed, I am able to meet with you for one to three follow-up consultation sessions to discuss your concerns and help you get connected with available resources. I encourage you to stay in touch with me until you have gotten connected with the resources that will help you reach your goals. If you are waiting for individual counseling at GTCC, and your schedule changes, or if we will be entering into a new semester, please provide me your new schedule using the following Client Schedule Form (in Word format).

My contact information: Dr. Nelson Binggeli

Quick links to resources discussed above

Workshops offered by the Georgia Tech Counseling Center
Counseling groups offered by the Georgia Tech Counseling Center

For students who are waiting for individual counseling at GTCC

Nelson Binggeli's information about issues & disorders
Nelson Binggeli's information about coping skills & treatments

Georgia Tech Student Health Service Psychiatric Clinic
Georgia Tech campus services
A guide to obtaining appropriate services off campus

Client Schedule Form (in Word format): A downloadable form to indicate your availability for appointments (to return, please email it to me)
Updated on 11.22.11
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