SHAC

Counseling Services: About

Counseling Session

Purpose / Goals

Accessing Services

Confidentiality

Providers


Purpose / Goals

The purpose of Counseling Services is to help UNM students  function successfully in their academic lives. When students are faced with excessive stress or difficult personal problems, psychological and psychiatric support may be helpful or necessary.

Students desiring an appointment, or needing same-day services, should come into SHAC and ask to see the triage counselor for a brief assessment of their needs. The triage counselor will make a brief assessment to be sure students' needs are met in a timely fashion.

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Accessing Services

You may access services by coming to the SHAC Reception Desk on the first floor of Student Health & Counseling (SHAC). 

A brief screening interview with a triage clinician is required before you are scheduled for an assessment appointment. This will help us be sure you get the services you need. Triage visits are available on a first come-first served basis from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Psychiatric appointments require a referral from a Counseling Services clinician or a SHAC medical provider. 

If you are coping with an emergency or crisis, please inform our support staff so they can get you in as quickly as possible.

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Confidentiality

Confidentiality within Student Health & Counseling (SHAC) is considered essential for effective treatment. Students are encouraged to participate in treatment planning, and to raise any concerns about methods or techniques used by the clinician providing the student's care. A therapeutic relationship based on respect and safety is considered essential. Therefore, working relationships between students and providers cannot involve personal friendships, financial transactions, and/or sexual intimacies.

Counseling records are not connected in any way to University records or official transcripts. People or offices outside of SHAC are not authorized to view your counseling file except by the written consent of the student.

By law and professional ethics, confidentiality may be broken if, in the judgment of the treating provider, there is a serious threat to self or others, suspected child or elderly abuse, or a court order by a judge.

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Providers

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Counseling Services Phone: (505) 277-3136
Counseling Services Fax: (505) 277-2020
After-Hours Crisis Counselor for UNM Students: (505) 277-3136; select option 3