Health Services

Why Students Use PCS

Over 300 Williams students visit PCS each year. In their time at Williams 40% of the students of a graduating class will have visited PCS at least once. They come from very diverse backgrounds and seek our services for a broad range of issues:

Many involve life style concerns that affect academic performance and daily living. Stress is a fact of life at Williams. Juggling academics, sports, the arts, and myriad other activities as well as a personal life can feel overwhelming at times. Difficulties with time management, sleep problems, study habits, perfectionism, and procrastination are among the concerns many students want to resolve.

Often students’ concerns are related to typical developmental challenges of young adulthood. As exciting and rewarding as they are, the college years can also be fraught with confusing feelings and stress that come with the developmental challenges of young adulthood such as changing relationships with family, finding new intimates, re-defining values and personal identity, and making vocational choices. Students often find support in meeting with a trained counselor who helps facilitate purposeful self-reflection.

Other concerns may revolve around chronic or temporary situations in a student’s life such as a break up of a relationship, family problems, the death of a family member, or dealing with another person’s depression, eating disorder, or alcoholism.

Students also turn to PCS with painful psychological problems including depression, anxiety, eating concerns, intrusive thoughts, and suicidal thoughts and behavior. The staff has expertise and experience in helping students with problems of all levels of severity.

Often the issues bringing a student in are complex and overlapping. Many students desire help for a mix of “symptoms,” interpersonal concerns, academic and work disappointment, and environmental factors. A trained counselor can help a student sort it all out.

Some students know only that they just want to talk. Even if your concerns may seem vague, listen to and trust your intuition. Often talking itself helps a student define and begin to address salient issues.

Examples of Common College Student Concerns

• Stress, anxiety, depression
• Relationship difficulties
• Homesickness, adjustment challenges
• Hopelessness, suicidal thoughts and behavior
• Isolation, loneliness
• Eating concerns, body image issues
• Cross-cultural issues
• Identity issues
• Sleep problems
• Self-defeating behaviors, procrastination, internet addiction
• Substance abuse
• Family problems
• Supporting another person’s struggles with any of the above issues