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Counseling Service

Listening creates a holy silence. When you listen generously to people, they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time.
—Rachel Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom 

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The Counseling Service provides:

  • confidential individual and group counseling related to personal issues
  • crisis intervention
  • referral to off campus providers for more intensive, longer term, or more specialized treatment
  • consultation with faculty, staff, parents and friends who are concerned about a student
  • education and training with residence hall staff and other campus groups
  • outreach and prevention activities related to student mental health

Services are provided at no additional charge to any currently enrolled student.  Students must make their own appointments in person at the office.  Any personal concern is appropriate to bring to Counseling.

We also offer online mental health screening, self-help resources, links to Internet mental health sites, and student-created videos about counseling and student mental health.

Our staff consists of licensed mental health professionals with substantial experience working with college students.

Can counseling really help?

Yes, very often it can! A sizeable body of research spanning decades suggests that the average person who participates in psychotherapy is better off than 80% of those who do not.1

And our clients at the Luther Counseling Service say it helps. In 2011-2012, 131 of our clients completed a survey after their third counseling session. 96% of them agreed or strongly agreed that as a result of their counseling so far, they were building their ability to cope with their problems, issues, or challenges more effectively.

Here are some survey comments from our clients about what was most helpful for them:

  • The entire process has been very easy. I felt uncomfortable coming here at first but everyone was so welcoming and helpful, that it was much easier.
  • Being able to come here and not be judged, being able to figure out how to deal with things that are bothering me in a healthy way with someone that is always willing to listen and give great ideas and feedback.
  • I finally have figured out why I have been feeling this way for so long. I've never felt as good as I've been feeling lately.
  • It is great to be able to use a toolkit throughout the week, and then come back with results regarding the effectiveness of the methods.
  • Excellent service. Wonderful counselor. Very warm and compassionate environment.
  • Thank you so much for providing these services here on campus. College can be a stressful time, full of questions for the future and worries, and having a support system here makes getting through tough times so much easier.

1Duncan, B., Miller, S., Wampold, B. & Hubble, M. (2010). The heart & soul of change: Delivering what works in therapy (2nd edition). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Counseling Service Hours

Monday-Friday:
8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. and
1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

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