People visit counseling services for many reasons. Some are dealing with a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. Others do not have a mental health diagnosis but have found life is presenting more challenges than they feel they are equipped to handle. Counseling can provide a safe place to discuss the issues you are facing and help you find healthy ways to deal with them. Common reasons to come to a counselor include: feelings of sadness that won’t go away; feelings of homesickness that are interfering with your social life or school work; roommate issues; dating issues; overwhelming stress and/or anxiety; eating disorders; low self-esteem; parental issues; social anxiety; alcohol/drug related issues; anger control.
Please call or email us during regular office hours (M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional - they are a checkup from your neck up. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.
Students who need more intense services than can be provided by Counseling Services will be referred to community mental health providers which may include the University Health Clinic. Counselors will make every effort to match the student with an appropriate community provider, and will provide any assistance needed to set up an initial appointment, although students are encouraged to make the initial contact. Students who secure services in the community are responsible for paying for those services. Most community providers accept insurance. Some have a sliding scale fee schedule for students who do not have insurance for mental health services.
The LMU Counseling staff does NOT provide 24-hour coverage. If you are experiencing an actual mental health emergency and need immediate assistance go to the Crisis Situations link.
Generally LMU counselors do not provide evaluations for specific disorders in order to qualify for ADA requirements. These should be done through an outside provider and given the to the LMU Coordinator for ADA and Disability Services, Dr. Dan Graves.
LMU counselors do not routinely provide students with a medical excuse to miss class.
Our counselors are not physicians so they do not prescribe medications. If a need for medication evaluation is recommended, an appropriate referral will be instituted either to our University clinic or an outside provider. This will always be done with the consent of the student involved.