Appointments for counseling or consultation with a counselor may be made by telephone by calling 713.348.4867 or in person by going to the Morton L. Rich Health Service Center (next to the Brown Masters House off Entrance 27b. The Center’s office hours are 8:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Regular office hours are kept during midterm and summer recess. We are closed for weekends and University holidays.Since the staff of the counseling center cannot assure the confidentiality of e-mail communications, we use our e-mail address for general administrative purposes. Please call us to schedule or cancel an appointment. Because our services are voluntary and we strive to provide our students with confidential services, students must make their own appointments. Students are asked to be flexible in choosing options for an initial appointment. Every effort is made to present students with the first available appointment in order to be responsive to timeliness of your concerns and you may need to consider the priority of other events in your routine in order to be accommodated. Due to the unpredictability of emergencies, students experiencing a psychological crisis will be seen the same day and may preempt scheduled appointments if necessary. The first contact with a counselor at the Rice Counseling Center is through a brief telephone triage appointment during which the counselor will ask you a series of questions designed to determine the scope of your concerns, discuss the model of brief therapy services we provide, discuss the limits of confidentiality, obtain some background history and discuss your options for treatment. The next step may be to set an appointment for more extensive information gathering in person through an Intake appointment. If your concerns do not match the short term model of treatment, or if you need specialized services that we do not provide then, you may be referred off campus through the services of our Care Coordinator. For more details about services at the Rice Counseling Center, see Counseling Center FAQ’s.
Tips for enhancing your counseling experience:
- Be on time for your appointments
- Please complete the initial paperwork during the time of your initial appointment so that your counselor will have a clearer understanding of your concerns.
- Be honest with your counselor. Counseling is a safe place to tell the truth without being judged.
- Give your counselor feedback on how your counseling is going.