Frequently Asked Questions

How much does counseling at Oakton cost, and how many sessions are available?

Individual Counseling
Personal counseling is free, and available only to enrolled Oakton students.

Counselors and students work together to determine the appropriate number of sessions with the understanding that Oakton offers short-term counseling. Students may receive up to 12 individual sessions per academic year. (Referrals for long-term counseling can be provided.) 

Group Counseling
There are no group counseling session limits, but there are a limited number of group types. As with all counseling services, group counseling is free.

Not all student problems can be treated at Oakton. In that case, community resources and referrals are identified.

Do you prescribe medication?
No. Oakton does not provide psychiatric services. If psychiatric services are indicated for a student, counselors will explore treatment options and referrals in the community.

Do you provide couple's counseling?
No. If couple’s counseling is indicted for a student, counselors will explore treatment options and referrals in the community.

Do you provide phone counseling?
No. Oakton provides in-person counseling only.

Why do most people usually see a counselor?
Many people seek counseling because they need help managing the challenges we all experience at one time or another. Seeking outside help from a trained professional is a way to work through a difficult time.