Counseling: Tips at the Sip

Shari Theresia / Roundup

A cup of joe and tip or two for you.

Last week was the start of a semi-new walk-up counseling program at the Pierce College Freudian Sip.

Students can find a counselor at a designated table at The Sip every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon and every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m.

This service is provided to all students who attend Pierce.

“The program was created to gain exposure to the actual counseling center and to let students know we are here to assist them,” said counselor Cristina Rodriguez.

“They don’t have to come to us, we come to them,” she said.

Counselor Manuel Flores said, “This walk-up service isn’t a substitute for the actual counseling office, but it’s easier for students to get their basic questions answered over a cup of coffee.”

This service isn’t an in-depth counseling session because the counselors have no personal student information nor do they have the resources at The Sip to give students in-depth advice on exact majors.

However, basic questions about associate degrees and transferring questions can be answered.

At the actual counseling center a student can talk to a counselor about anything ranging from personal problems to academic issues.

All counselors are trained in academic, career and personal counseling.

The main focus of the counseling center is to not only help students clarify and achieve their goals.

They also want students to realistically evaluate their own strengths and challenges, and learn to develop their planning skills to achieve their goals.

Different counseling requires different time commitments.

If you want academic counseling you want to plan to meet with your counselor at least once a semester to make sure your on the right track.

As for personal counseling you may have to start with the student health center for screening and appointment scheduling.You can also find veterans, probation (academic), and athletic counseling at the counseling office.The program seems to be a success and because of the popularity of this program Flores says, “more students have actually ended up at the counseling office.”For those who need more personalized assistance, you can stop by Administration building 1000 and make an appointment with a counselor.

The counseling office walk-in hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.