Individual Therapy

Many students face academic, family, or psychological struggles for which they seek individual therapy. Mental Health Services provides short-term therapy to current-term registered UVU students. Mental Health Services may provide a maximum of 24 sessions to students over the course of their time at UVU.

In order to qualify for individual therapy services you must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 credit hours. 

You will work with your therapist throughout the first session to determine the most appropriate course of treatment for your particular challenges. The therapist may provide you with a referral to a community therapist if long-term care is needed.

Many of our therapists are licensed professionals. We also often have therapists-in-training who work under the supervision of a licensed therapist. All of our trainees receive regular supervision to ensure that you are getting the best care possible.

Sometimes, due to our high demand for services, we have a wait-time for individual therapy. If this is the case for you, then consider joining one of our free therapy groups. Click here for more information on group therapy.

Please be aware that Student Health Services does not provide psychological services for court-mandated therapy.

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Who qualifies for individual therapy? 

In order to qualify for individual therapy, you must be enrolled at UVU for a minimum of 9 credit hours.

If you are enrolled for less than 9 credit hours, you cannot attend individual therapy, but we invite you to take advantage of group therapy. We also have emergency availability for those in a suicidal crisis; this service is available to all UVU students M-F 8am-5pm.

What should I expect during my first therapy session?

You will need to arrive 15 minutes early in order to complete paperwork. You can also download the paperwork (pdf), and complete it prior to your arrival at the agency.

During the first appointment, your therapist will be asking questions in order to gain information about why you are seeking therapy and your history. Sometimes it can feel a little bit overwhelming to try to put everything that you have been experiencing into words. You should take your own pace when it comes to sharing in the first session. If you need a moment to think, feel free to do so.

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How long will each therapy session last?

You can expect for each session to last approximately 45-50 minutes.

What should I bring to my therapy sessions?

You might find it helpful to jot down notes of things that you would like to discuss in your session throughout the week. Your therapist might also ask you to do specific assignments that will help you with your particular problems.

Where will I be meeting with my therapist?

All of our therapist’s offices are located in SC-221.

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What if the 'Wait List' is full?

At many times throughout the year, students' demands for individual therapy far exceeds our capacity. In an effort to utilize our limited resources as efficiently as possible, we often have to utilize a 'wait list'. Being on the wait list means that you are in line to be assiged to work with an individual therapist. The amount of time any individual remains on the wait list before being contacted to schedule an initial appointment varies with the availability of our staff. Unfortunately, this sometimes results in a lengthy wait before therapy can begin. Further, once the wait list is full, students are left with limited options for treatment.

The good news is that we typically have immediate openings available in group therapy! There are many benefits to being in a group. Groups are a great place to get feedback from others, try out new behaviors, learn and practice assertiveness, and gain support. Research has demonstrated that group therapy is as effective as individual therapy in helping someone achieve his or her personal therapy goals. For more information about group therapy, click here.