Counseling @ DRBU

The Counseling Service at DRBU is a resource for all students. Our counselor provides supportive individual psychotherapy for a range of issues, as well as consultation and referrals. Counseling sessions are free of charge.

How to Make an Appointment

Counseling is available by appointment only. To make a counseling appointment please contact Donna Farmer FNP for a referral. To contact Donna please email her at donna.farmer@drbu.edu, walk-in during clinic hours, or call her at 707-391-1000.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY COME TO COUNSELING?

Being a student brings many exciting experiences and some difficult ones as well. Many students may encounter problems they cannot resolve on their own. It is not unusual for students to seek counseling.

Students come to counseling for many reasons, including struggles with substances, difficult life events, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, sexual assault or other forms of abuse, interpersonal challenges, body image and eating concerns, procrastination, homesickness, grief, and stress management.

Students may be referred by a campus life staff, a faculty member, or a friend. Students may simply be curious about counseling, or have questions about whether or not therapy is appropriate. Students don’t have to be in crisis or have a mental health diagnosis.

If appropriate, students may also be provided referrals for specialists or psychiatry in the local Ukiah area.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I MEET WITH A COUNSELOR?

A counselor is a licensed mental health professional. Counselors are non-judgmental, professional helpers. They don't dictate what to do, but will ask questions, listen carefully, and give a new perspective to what may be troubling a student.

Some students may come for one visit; some come for many weekly appointments. Scheduling and duration of therapy will be discussed and reviewed.

Counselors work collaboratively with students, encouraging students to voice any questions, concerns, and goals for therapy, so that together they can establish the most helpful approach.

Confidentiality

All counseling services are completely confidential. Information about a student cannot be released without the student's written permission, except in rare exceptions as dictated by law.

Online Resources

GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION