In the United States, it is very common to talk with a counselor about problems or difficulties involving academic work, personal relationships, stress, unhappiness and an individual’s view of himself or herself. In different cultures, these problems may be viewed and treated differently. For example, if you experience difficulties when you are living in your home country, perhaps you would turn to your family and close friends. During your stay you may feel the need to find substitute sources of emotional support. In the United States., many people do not live near their families, and it is not always the custom for Americans to depend on their families to solve problems. In many instances, Americans will choose to talk with professionals or trained volunteers about problems. A counselor can help you determine what the difficulty is, be sympathetic about your situation, help you to see options, and help you resolve the difficulty. By law, all conversations are kept confidential.
Bert Nash Community Health Center
Community Living Opportunities
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department