Personal Counseling Services (PCS)
Personal Counseling Services provides a range of services focused on the mental health and well-being of the Edgewood College community. We are located in the Student Resource Center (DeRicci 206). Please stop by to see our space, have a cup of tea, and learn about the services we have to offer! To schedule an appointment, please visit our office or call (608) 663-2281.
Individual, couples, and group counseling are available to all enrolled Edgewood College students. All services are free and confidential.
This national election cycle has been a particularly stressful one. The Personal Counseling Services staff want to acknowledge a range of reactions including excitement, joy, relief, fear, sadness, anger, dread, hopelessness, anxiety, and numbness. You may find yourself within a circle of friends or classmates who do not share the same reactions as you. These interactions may evoke strong emotions and questions and may intensify your reactions.
We are here to listen and support you as our nation works through this election transition. If you are struggling with the personal impact of the election, the tone of the national discussions, or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats or more subtle forms of oppression because of your race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, country of origin or other aspect of your identity, please schedule an appointment with Personal Counseling Services (608-663-2281) and/or report an incident of discrimination at http://diversity.edgewood.edu/report-an-incident
Personal Counseling Services strives to provide a safe space for conversations on identity, empowerment, intercultural competency, and the impact of the election. As this is a highly emotional time for our nation, we recommend the following strategies to care for yourself and help you remain productive throughout the semester:
1.) Maintain your normal routine and engage in healthy activities. It is important to maintain your regular routine and find ways to participate in activities that provide balance in your life. Try not to withdraw. Consider exercise, alone or with others, as a way to induce feelings of well-being.
2.) Practice acceptance. Try self-soothing strategies such as taking a walk, meditating, practicing mindfulness, or listening to music. It is now time for you to take care of yourself.
3.) Practice reflection and pay attention to your reactions. Allow yourself some time to reflect on your reactions, your personal history, and ways that your values and well-being feel threatened. If you can watch your own reactions to stress, you can then address them. This might be a tightening of your throat, tension in your muscles, negative evaluations of the other person, or an impulse to act out.
4.) Model healthy communication and seek community. This is an opportunity to show that you can elevate conversations, take a higher path, and engage in positive conversation. Sharing experiences and ideas with others can be a way to strengthen positive community values and shared identities. By helping to do this, you may feel good about yourself! There are a number of groups on campus that you may want to consider joining if you have not yet joined.
5.) Limit your intake of news and social media. If you feel distressed by what is in the media, for the moment, limit your consumption of Facebook, Twitter and other social media sources that are likely to be full of distressing material. This also includes watching and reading the news. There are apps and websites such as LeechBlock, or SelfControl that can help you by temporarily blocking access to social media or certain websites.
6.) Be thankful. Jotting down 10 to 15 things you are grateful for – such as your health or your family – can help you maintain perspective. The list will remind you of the people and things that provide you with strength and support.
7.) Acknowledge feelings. Reactions to events vary from person to person. Some experience intense feelings while others experience nothing at all. Allow yourself to feel what you feel and don’t judge your personal experience or the experience of others.
8.) Utilize your supports and resources. Many have a natural tendency toward isolation when feeling triggered or emotional. Reach out to those around you, family and friends, who may be experiencing similar feelings. Utilize support groups or other resources on-campus or in the community.
9.) Know your limits. It’s critical for individuals to engage in self-care and “fill their own cup” before they can care for other individuals or their community. It’s perfectly acceptable to say “no” to certain activities, particularly when you know it’s in your best interest psychologically and emotionally.