With that in mind, I reached out to Barbara Meehan, the director of counseling services here at ASU to talk about some of the programs ASU offers and how to get connected if you or anyone you know ever finds themselves in need. Without further ado, I’ll hand things over to her.
“Welcome to ASU and to the start of great year! This is an exciting time for you. The staff at ASU Counseling Services are available to help you achieve your greatest potential and realize your academic and personal goals. As a veteran, we recognize that you have unique experience and training that provides you with a tremendous foundation upon which to build. Counseling Services staff are skilled
at working collaboratively with veteran students to capitalize on these strengths to promote success and
To get you started on the right path, I want to offer some tips to help you perform your best in everything you do.
· Keep focused: Ask yourself, “What’s Important Now?” Concentrate on the right details a the right time and prioritize accordingly.
· Stay positive: Be your own best ally. Havepowerful, encouraging and productive thoughts every step of the way. Don’t sweat the small stuff or come down too hard on yourself as this will only
decrease likelihood of future success.
· Trust your talent: When worried about your ability to perform well, think of
similar challenges you have faced in which you have excelled or surpassed
· Stay connected to others: Success is not achieved in isolation. We all need
others for support and guidance.
- Maintain balance: Remember to feed the whole self not just your mind, a helath self is a critical ingredient for success. So sleep, eat well, exercise and make time for fun.
· Enjoy the process: Love the journey as much as the finish line so embrace every challenge along the way as an opportunity to grow and show yourself and others your skills, talents, and potential.
· Access resources: Support and assistance are just a phone call/click away. Take advantage of all that is avilable to you to optomize your performance and gain the extra edge you need to excel.
Counseling is one such resource available to you. Many people think of counseling as a palce to go when they are feeling bad. Well, that is true - many students will seek out counseling and support when they are experiencing an emotionally difficult time or significant stress. However, many students also seek out counseling when they are having just mild difficulties and want guidance and support from an objective, caring person. So contrary to the common myth, counseling is for anyone and can be helpful to everyone. In particular, counseling can be an effective tool to help students capitalize on their strengths, address areas for growth and ultimately promote peak performance.
At ASU Counseling Services, we offer a variety of services at each of our four locations, including:
· Brief individual and couple counseling
· Group counseling
· Workshops focusing on special topics such as making positive change, altering the way you think to improve the way you feel, stress management, etc.
· Assistance connecting with university and community resources (including services offered at the VA)
· 24/7 immediate access to a counselor (no appointment necessary) to discuss concerns about yourself or about a friend/classmates:
o 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday – Friday:
§ Downtown Phoenix: 602-496-1155
§ Polytechnic: 480-727-1255
§ Tempe: 480-965-6146
§ West: 602-543-8125
o 24 hour ASU dedicated EMPACT hotline: 480-921-1006
For additional information about what we do and how we can support you, visit our webpage at http://students.asu.edu/counseling.
Thank you for your service and know that we are here to serve you. I wish you the best as you set out your exciting new journey!
Barbara Meehan, Ph.D.
Director, ASU Counseling Services”
Please don’t hesitate to utilize Barbara as a resource, and know
that one of the primary roles of our organization is to serve as that peer to
peer support network to make sure you have everything you need in ASU and life
to be successful. As always, leave a comment bellow or reach out to us on any of
our social media if you have any questions, comments, concerns.