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Student Counseling Services CVM Office

A variety of counseling services are offered to students. These include:

Personal Counseling

Personal counseling involves meeting one on one with a mental health professional to address issues that affect one's personal life. Themes addressed in personal counseling can include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship problems, stress management, anger, or other topics relevant to one's well-being.




Academic Counseling

Similar to personal counseling, academic counseling involves meeting one on one to focus on issues related to academic performance. This can involve working on time management skills, study skills such as note taking and how to utilize one's learning style, improving concentration, and other relevant goals to improve academic performance.




Couple Counseling

In couple counseling, two individuals meet with a counselor to address issues relevant to their relationship. Although relationship issues can be addressed in individual counseling, it is often more effective for both individuals in the relationship to work together in couple counseling. Although this will typically be a couple romantically involved, couple counseling can also be relevant for friends, roommates, classmates, or any other relationship of significance. Themes addressed in couple counseling can include learning to communicate more effectively, developing healthier behaviors, setting appropriate boundaries, and others.

As an additional service for couples, Dr. Bergeron is able to offer classes that meet the requirements of the Twogether in Texas program. This program is designed to offer marriage education courses to engaged couples in the state of Texas. Couples who complete a Twogether course are eligible to have a $60 marriage license fee waived. For more information, please contact Dr. Bergeron or visit the Twogether website .




Consultation

Students often deal with complex interpersonal relationships. These can include dealing with classmates, faculty/staff, and with clients of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The focus of consultation is on getting help for a specific interpersonal problem. Consultation is typically briefer in nature than individual counseling, and is more problem-focused. Consultation can be a way to address issues such as how to communicate more effectively with a specific hospital patient, how to approach a classmate appropriately about a behavior of concern, how to handle communication with a professor, or other relevant problems where specific advice or an opportunity to think through a situation in confidence would be helpful.




Biofeedback

Biofeedback involves using information from an individual's body to assist in managing stress. The biofeedback equipment available for CVM students features a computer program that measures heart rate and galvanic skin response through a USB sensor. A software program then combines this information with tasks that help an individual increase awareness and control of physiological states such as respiration and heart rate. Relaxing Rhythms is the software utilized and more information about this program can be found at the Relaxing Rhythms website .

Additionally, further information about biofeedback can be found at the Student Counseling Service website.




Presentations and Workshops

Dr. Bergeron provides presentations to CVM students on topics such as time management, study skills, stress management, maintaining healthy relationships, sleep, and other relevant student issues. Suggestions and requests for presentations may be made to Dr. Bergeron if any specific topics are desired.




Clinical Hypnosis

Although often misunderstood, there is a significant amount of research to support the efficacy of clinical hypnosis as an intervention for a wide range of concerns including habit control, weight loss, stress management, pain management, academic and athletic performance, and other typical issues. In clinical hypnosis, communication patterns are used to reach a naturally occurring state where attention is highly focused. The purpose of this technique is to work on a specific goal in a state free of distractions, where one's concentration is intensely focused. This might involve exploring relevant imagery, practicing skills, developing more affirmative self-talk, and other interventions that address a particular goal. More information can be found at this website .