Academic Counseling
Counseling and Crisis Intervention

Counseling and Crisis Intervention

Counseling Opportunities: 

Counseling is available through Mindsprings Health. You can contact them at 970-675-8411.

If you are in crisis, if you are considering suicide, or having difficulty coping and need to talk with someone you can contact Mindsprings Health. They offer emergency mental health services 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  During the day you can call them at 970-675-8411.

To access emergency help, call the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department at 970-878-5023 and ask for the on-call mental health worker.

There is also the 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 1-888-207-4004.

On Campus you can call the Safety Coordinator Chris Herrera @ 970-675-3329 or 970-629-8684. Chris Herrera can help you get access to care.

Reasons to seek counseling include:

  • Stress
  • Don't know how to cope with life circumstances
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Identity issues, including cultural, religious, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender, etc.
  • Body image, eating disorders 
  • Loneliness
  • Difficulty forming or maintaining healthy relationships
  • Physical or emotional abuse (past or present)
  • Cross-cultural issues (including cultural conflicts between parents & child)
  • Difficulty defining problems
  • Marked changes in functioning
  • Irritability
  • Changes in thinking or perceptual abilities
  • Difficulty setting limits with others
  • Substance Abuse or Use

Why Counseling?
Counseling is not only used in times of crisis or distress. Nor does not mean you are “crazy”.  Counseling can be sought at any time for any reason. Through counseling you can gain the following:

  • Understanding in safe environment: A counselor provides an environment where you are free to express your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment.  Talking to a counselor can help gain understanding and possibility a different perspective on life’s challenges.
  • It’s your time: Counseling is not like talking to your friend, it is your time, and can you choose to talk about what is important to you.
  • Gain Knowledge: Talking with a counselor can help you become more aware of what is important, your goals, growing into the person you want to be, and gaining better understanding of yourself.

What to Expect from Counseling?

  • Length of Time for on-going counseling: The length of a counseling session generally is 50 minutes. 
  • Frequency:  The frequency of sessions varies from student to student. It could a onetime session; while others time it could be meeting once a week or several times week.  Your counselor and you will decide on the frequency session that best fits your needs.
  • Collaboration: Your counselor and you are a team, working together to identify your goals or what changes you would like your goals to be.  Together, you and your counselor will discuss the realistic amount of time you may see changes take place. Periodically, you and your counselor will review your goals, progress, and to see if any changes to goals are needed or if new goals need to be set.
  • Your Rights
    • You are free to ask about the counselor’s training, experience, ways of working, supervision, and there professional association affiliation, as well as their code of ethics and complaints procedure.
    • You are free to refuse to answer any questions or discuss any aspects about your life that you feel are not relevant or appropriate. 
    • You may stop counseling at any time for any reason. If you do decide to stop counseling, it would be helpful to inform your counselor and provide feedback about your sessions.

Crisis Intervention
If you are falling apart, if you are having difficulty coping, and are in crisis and need to speak to someone immediately Counseling and Career Planning Services are here to help you.

If you need assistance after hours, please call:

  • Colorado West Mental Health-Rio Blanco Center offers emergency mental health services 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  To access emergency help, calls the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department at 970-878-5023 and ask for the on-call mental health worker. 
  • Rangely Police Department at 970-675-8466
  • 911 

Helpful Links:
Go Ask Alice
The Mental Health Net
Psychological Self-Help
Half of Us
Social Networking and Support-Depression
Social Networking and Support-Anxiety
Social Networking and Support-OCD
Social Networking and Support-Addictions
Resources to mastering your worries
Resources for Social Anxiety