For Students

The following section of our website is specifically for the students of Plymouth State University. We hope that the information provided in this section will be useful in learning more about the counseling process, as well as other resources that may be of help.

View the Mental Health & Wellbeing Presentation from First-Year Orientation 2023

    Counseling is a process that can assist you with:

    • Clarifying a problem
    • Coping with depression
    • Developing increased confidence
    • Exploring opportunities for change
    • Improving personal skills
    • Learning to make better decisions
    • Managing anxiety

    Some common counseling concerns include relationship difficulties with friends, roommates or family members; depression, stress, or anxiety; adjustment to college life; difficulty concentrating or studying; alcohol or drug use; eating concerns; sexual concerns; a variety of other issues or anything that you may want to discuss.

    In our confidential sessions with you, we will:

    • Encourage you to speak honestly
    • Support and guide you during tough times
    • Help you to cope better
    • Assist you with positive behavior changes

    We will not…

    • Give you quick answers to complex concerns
    • Tell you what to do
    • Judge your behavior

    Any and all contact with us is confidential

    • No record of counseling is made on an academic transcript.
    • We will not confirm or deny your contact with us to anyone, including your parents, without your written release or as directed by law.
    • We will not release information about your counseling, except with your written permission or as directed by law.

    Maintaining your confidentiality is important to us, and it is your legal right. However, under certain circumstances, your rights to confidentiality may be limited. For instance, your counselor (or, in certain instances, an affiliated staff member) is required to disclose if:

    1. You are in danger of harming yourself;
    2. You make a serious threat of physical violence to a third party or a serious threat of substantial damage to real property;
    3. There is reason to suspect that a minor child or an incapacitated adult is being or has been subjected to abuse or neglect;
    4. The Counseling Center receives a court-generated subpoena or court order requiring the disclosure of all or part of your counseling record;
    5. They become aware of direct information about an incident of student hazing involving yourself or others.

    “This Mental Health Bill of Rights is provided by law to persons receiving mental health services in the State of New Hampshire. Its purpose is to protect the rights and enhance the well being of clients, by informing them of key aspects of the clinical relationship. As a client of a New Hampshire Mental Health Practitioner, you have, without asking, the right:

    1. To be treated in a professional, respectful, competent and ethical manner consistent with all applicable state laws and the following professional ethical standards:
      • for psychologists, the American Psychological Association;
      • for independent clinical social workers; the National Association of Social Workers;
      • for pastoral psychotherapists; the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
      • for clinical mental health counselors; the American Mental Health Counselor Association; and
      • for marriage and family therapists; the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists.
    2. To receive full information about your treatment provider’s knowledge, skills, experience and credentials.
    3. To have the information you disclose to your mental health provider kept confidential within the limits of state and federal law. Communications between mental health providers and clients are typically confidential, unless the law requires their disclosure. Mental health providers will inform you of the legal exceptions to confidentiality, and should such an exception arise, will share only such information as required by law. Examples of such exceptions include but are not limited to:
      • abuse of a child;
      • abuse of an incapacitated adult;
      • Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulation compliance;
      • certain rights you may have waived when contracting for third party financial coverage;
      • orders of the court; and
      • significant threats to self, others or property.
    4. To a safe setting and to know that the services provided are effective and of a quality consistent with the standard of care within each profession and to know that sexual relations between a mental health provider and a client or former client are a violation of the law (RSA 330-A:36).
    5. To obtain information, as allowed by law, pertaining to the mental health provider’s assessment, assessment procedures and mental health diagnoses (RSA 330-A:2 VI).
    6. To participate meaningfully in the planning, implementation and termination or referral of your treatment.
    7. To documented informed consent: to be informed of the risks and benefits of the proposed treatment, the risks and benefits of alternative treatments and the risks and benefits of no treatment. When obtaining informed consent for treatment for which safety and effectiveness have not been established, therapists will inform their clients of this and of the voluntary nature of their participation. In addition, clients have the right to be informed of their rights and responsibilities, and of the mental health provider’s practice policies regarding confidentiality, office hours, fees, missed appointments, billing policies, electronic communications, managed care issues, record management, and other relevant matters except as otherwise provided by law.
    8. To obtain information regarding the provision(s) for emergency coverage.
    9. To receive a copy of your mental health record within 30 days upon written request (except as otherwise provided by law), by paying a nominal fee designed to defray the administrative costs of reproducing the record.
    10. To know that your mental health provider is licensed by the State of New Hampshire to provide mental health services.
      • You have the right to obtain information about mental health practice in New Hampshire. You may contact the Board of Mental Health Practice for a list names, addresses, phone numbers and websites of state and national professional associations listed in Mhp 502.02 (a)(1)(a-e).
      • You have the right to discuss questions or concerns about the mental health services you receive with your provider.
      • You have the right to file a complaint with the Board of Mental Health Practice.”

    (b) A licensee shall post a copy of the above mental health bill of rights in a prominent location in the office of the mental health practitioner and provide a copy upon request.
    (c) A licensee shall provide a copy of the mental health bill of rights to the client and/or agency if the assessment, consultation or intervention is provided outside the office.

    At times, Counseling Center staff may refer students to Health Services for a medical consultation. Health Services may request that students bring a completed College Screening Questionnaire to their consultation appointment. 

    Health Services

    Finding an Outside Therapist Near You