Our Services

Counseling and Problem Solving

The Center for Personal Development is here to offer counseling and psychotherapy to students who have the capacity to resolve their own problems through collaboration with a counselor. While at Methodist, you will undoubtedly go through times of transition, change and growth. While your main emphasis is on academics and learning, it is only natural to encounter problems from time to time concerning struggles with common illnesses like anxiety and depression as well as coping with stress, adapting to change, forming relationships, and balancing work and play. Your counseling with us will be about working toward goals that you set for yourself. We will listen to you and help you to become clear about your own goals. Together we will develop a plan and use methods which will help you move forward toward meeting the goals you set for yourself. Periodically, we will stop and assess our progress and our plan.

Our counseling approach is a supportive, relationship-based approach and we often employ cognitive-behavioral strategies to facilitate change. If you are interested, we will be happy to provide you with more information about the theory and research behind our approach. We always welcome any questions you have.

Remember, anything that is a problem to you is an appropriate topic to bring to a counseling session. We may be able to help just by answering a few questions. Don't feel as though you must commit to lengthy psychotherapy. If, on the other hand, you need therapy and/or medication management support, we are qualified to help you. Sometimes students are deeply concerned about how to help a friend who is struggling with a serious issue. We also offer support, information and collaboration in those situations as well.


Alcohol Evaluations & Addiction Services

Alcohol Evaluations: The Drinkers' Check-Up

Alcohol is an addictive substance. Our research and experience shows us that only about 1 in 10 who drink will turn out to have a problem with addiction. Predicting who will get addicted is really a highly developed science. We believe that every drinker would benefit from an individualized check-up to determine their risk for developing addiction. We provide such a check-up for every student referred to us for an evaluation and for any student who self refers. The Methodist University policy is to require students who have been ticketed for alcohol possession to have an evaluation at the Center for Personal Development by (or supervised by) an Addiction Specialist. We try to make this procedure as painless and as productive as possible.

The procedure is simple. Students are asked to participate in a preliminary interview and answer a few questions. The information we gather in this interview guides us in our collaboration with the student to work out a plan for safe drinking, should the student decide to continue to drink.

Addiction Services

We usually think of illegal drugs when we think of addiction. And if illegal drugs are an issue, remember that a student's confidentiality is fiercely protected at the Center for Personal Development. Addiction is simply one possible physical and biological outcome of a process every human brain goes through when exposed to certain chemicals. Alcohol and other legal and illegal drugs contain the chemicals which can cause a human brain to deteriorate. The brain deteriorates in such a way that there is less and less of a choice of whether or not to use the chemical. Along with the decrease in choice comes a decrease in functioning.

This process happens much quicker in some brains than in others and with some chemicals more quickly than others. For example, some people may use marijuana for decades before the addiction process culminates, others will get addicted to alcohol after only a few experiences of being drunk. Some drugs are more addictive than others. For example, nicotine and cocaine are more addictive than are alcohol and marijuana, yet all mind altering drugs are addictive under certain circumstances.

The path to recovery from addiction requires that the brain be given a "drug free" period of time to regenerate and heal. That "drug free" period is achieved in many different ways and lasts different amounts of time for different people. This is where addiction counseling comes in. The counselor and the individual seeking recovery collaborate and develop a plan to attain a "drug free" period and to attain healthy functioning. This process must be custom made for each individual. An addictions specialist knows how to facilitate the recovery process. Remember that confidentiality is protected and no one is ever reported for drug use when they seek help.

Much more information about a variety of concerns is available. You may make an appointment or request more information by sending us an e-mail. You also might want to check out our Self-Help Resources below.


Sexual Assault Information

You don't deserve to be subjected to sexual acts against your will. Sexual assault is an act of aggression and a profoundly serious violation of person and community. Legally it is a crime. Sexual assault—and specifically date rape—will be dealt with as a serious violation of campus standards.

Methodist University will not tolerate rape, sexual assault or any form of non-consensual sexual activity.

If rape happens ...

  • Go with your instincts. Depending on the situation you may decide to run, scream, kick, hit or bite.
  • If you believe your life is in danger, it is usually best not to resist.
  • Remember: Every sexual assault situation is different. Don't judge yourself for what you decide to do or not to do.
  • If you are forced to have sex against your will, it is never your fault!!!

If you witness an assault ...

Call Campus Police at (910) 630-7577 at once!  If rape occurs off campus, call 911.

After an assault ...

There are people who care and can help. Call Methodist University Police and Public safety at (910) 630-7577. If you are off campus, call 911. Call a counselor at the Center for Personal Development at (910) 630-7150 or come to the Center for Personal Development in Pearce Hall. Anyone who has been through sexual assault, whether recently or in the distant past, deserves the chance to talk about the awful experience and get help in dealing with the feelings. A victim may be given assistance in changing academic and/or living situations after a sexual assault, if necessary. Get the help you deserve. You may request that an Advocate from Rape Crisis meet you at the hospital and stay with you for support. You may also call Rape Crisis at 910-485-RAPE (7273) or go to www.rapecrisisonline.org.


Self-Help Resources

We have provided relevant information on a number of topics which may be of interest to students, faculty and staff at MU. Please remember that written information is no substitute for personal counseling and collaboration with a trained expert.

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