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What is mental health wellness counseling?

Counseling explained by the American Counseling Association

Throughout our lives, we encounter many challenges; conflicts in relationships, life transitions, emotional crises, educational and career decisions, physical illness and disability, and many other events that may be difficult to handle. Sometimes the challenges are exciting. Sometimes they're frightening. And sometimes we can benefit from help and support as we strive to master them.

A mental health wellness counselor is trained and committed to providing the help and support you may need to master the challenges of life.

Working with a diverse range of techniques and skills, mental health wellness counselors work with people to help them maximize their potential, make positive changes in their lives, and achieve their goals.

In their work with clients, mental health wellness counselors help identify goals and develop solutions to problems that cause emotional turmoil, teach and enhance communication skills, strengthen self-esteem, and promote positive, successful behaviors.

Promoting educational success

ATSU mental health wellness counselors can play a critical role in maximizing a student's educational success and getting the most out of their medical education by:

  • Helping students to prevent and eliminate barriers to learning
  • Helping to equip students with the personal and social skills they need to lead healthy, balanced, successful lives
  • Resolving emotional and personal issues that interfere with academic success

Improving mental and emotional well-being

From childhood through late adulthood, there are times when you may need help addressing problems and issues that cause us emotional distress or make us feel overwhelmed. ATSU mental health wellness counselors offer the caring, expert assistance you need during these difficult times.

Mental health wellness counselors offer help in addressing issues such as:

  • Anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional problems and disorders
  • Substance abuse and other addictions
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Sexual abuse and domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness
  • The death of a loved one
  • Adapting to life transitions

Techniques used in counseling

  • Information and education about how we make emotional decisions
  • Coping methods for dealing with difficult times
  • Communication skills
  • Integrating physical, emotional and spiritual practices
  • Releasing old trauma that affects our life


Everything discussed during counseling sessions is kept confidential. ATSU mental health wellness counselors are required by law to abide by state-mandated rules of confidentiality.

No member of the ATSU faculty, staff, or student body will be informed that you are receiving mental health wellness counseling, nor have access to your files without your explicit, written consent.

Confidentiality applies to all students even if the student has been mandated for counseling. Mandated students are asked to sign a release allowing ATSU mental health wellness counselors to report treatment compliance to the appropriate referring person.

Exceptions to confidentiality:

Your right to confidentiality does not apply in the following situations:

  • Any report or suspicion of child abuse or neglect
  • Any report of suicidal thoughts with intent to follow through
  • Any report of homicidal thoughts with intent to follow through
  • Any state of grave disability

Legal confidentiality does not apply in criminal or delinquency proceedings.