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Counseling Services

About Us/Services

  • Location: 623 W. Easterday Ave. (at the intersection of Easterday and Meridian, next door to the Health CARE Center)
  • Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm (Fall and Spring terms); Summer hours vary
  • Contact Information: Telephone (906) 635-2752
    • E-mail is not used for scheduling appointments, counseling issues, or emergency contact and is not monitored 24 hours a day.
  • Eligibility: All LSSU undergraduate and graduate students who are fully admitted and currently enrolled
  • Fees: Services are free of charge.

Services Offered

We provide a variety of brief time-limited services to students. All services are free of charge and confidential. Services include: short-term psychotherapy; group therapy; outreach/education; resources and referrals; and consultation. Services are available during the academic calendar year which includes the summer semester.  Services are limited when school is not in session.

Students use our services for many different reasons. Some encounter problems that aren't easy to resolve, or their usual way of handling problems isn't working. Some have family, friends, or faculty who have encouraged them to contact us. Others want support making some changes in their lives. No matter what the reason is behind seeking our services, the Counseling Services staff is prepared to help.

Please call 906-635-2752 to contact Counseling Services.  If you get our voicemail, please leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible. If you prefer, you may stop by and speak to someone in person or leave a message at the receptionist desk in the office.

Short-term Psychotherapy

Counseling Services offers short-term psychotherapy (average 6 sessions). Short-term psychotherapy gives you a chance to talk with a supportive, objective person who can help you learn new skills and ways of looking at situations so that you're better equipped to solve problems on your own. Counseling Services promotes self-learning, problem solving, and life balance and facilitates insight and self-discovery. 

Our individual services are designed to be short-term. Often a few individual meetings, and sometimes even one consultative session, can help you better identify, understand, and resolve the barriers that may be interfering with your sense of personal well being and/or academic success. If, during the initial appointment or during the course of short-term psychotherapy, it is determined that a student requires more therapeutic support than can be offered in our short-term model, the Counseling Services therapist will provide referrals and guide that student through the process of getting connected with a community support.

Light Box Therapy

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) refers to a pattern of depression linked with seasonal changes. For most people with SAD, their symptoms typically begin in the fall or winter and end in the spring. SAD is more prevalent among people in communities located at higher latitudes, therefore it's important to be aware that SAD could impact the Lake State community.

Light box therapy is a proven way to treat SAD by exposure to artificial light. During light box therapy, a student sits close to a light therapy box that gives off a bright light that mimics natural outdoor light. LSSU has a light box on campus that students are able to schedule appointments to use. Before scheduling an appointment, students are required to undergo a brief screening with LSSU's Counseling Services or Health CARE Center (all students who use the light box must receive a referral to do so). Use of the light box is FREE for LSSU students.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is an effective and confidential way to address a large vareity of personal concerns and problems. In group therapy, people meet face-to-face with one or more trained therapists to talk about what is troubling them. It is a safe environment in which members work to establish a level of trust that allows them to talk personally and honestly. This interaction gives group members an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving, learn more about the way they interact with others, and resolve their difficulties.

During group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone. It is comforting to hear that other people have a similar difficulty or have already worked through a problem that deeply disturbs another group member. It has been found that the group experience can benefit people in many ways that are not always addressed in individual psychotherapy.

Outreach/Education

Counseling Services seeks to promote mental health awarness, stigma reduction, and wellness throughout the Lake Superior State University campus and community. In addition to our own programming and outreach, Counseling Services collaborates with other university departments to provide workshops focusing on mental health related issues including prevention and wellness. 

Resources & Referral

Referrals to other university and community resources are provided by Counseling Services when requested or when appropriate.  Community mental health referrals may be made when a student’s mental health condition or circumstances exceed the resources or scope of services available from Counseling Services.  Students are responsible for the fees for any of the community referral resources.

While Counseling Services makes every effort to refer students to quality community providers, we cannot guaratee their services. We encourage you to remain in contact with us until you are successfully connected to a community provider, and we invite your feedback on your experience with the referrals provided.

Counseling Services’ website offers a variety of on-line resources including self-help resources and crises/emergency contacts.

Massage Chair

The Human Touch WholeBody™ massage chair is the perfect bridge between state-of-the-art technology and the ancient healing art of massage. It emulates the same techniques used by massage and chiropractic professionals for back and spinal care. You can customize your massage using a wide variety of massage techniques. Choose from four stationary massage techniques and a rolling massage, or combine them! You can also select one of the three auto massage programs, and let the chair take control. No matter how you use it, Human Touch Technology® offers maximum massage flexibility and refreshing benefits.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a complementary and alternative medicine technique in which you learn to control bodily functions, such as your heart rate, using your mind. With Biofeedback, you're connected to electrical sensors that help you measure and receive information (feedback) about your body (bio). The biofeedback sensors teach you how to make subtle changes in your body, such as relaxing certain muscles, to achieve the results you want, such as reducing pain. In essence, biofeedback gives you the power to use your thoughts to control your body, often to help with a health condition or physical performance. Biofeedback is often used as a relaxation technique.

One of the Biofeedback devices available at Counseling Services is a video game, titled "The Journey to Wild Divine: The Passage". In The Passage, you will step out of time and into a realm of endless possibility! Learn how to navigate through this world by opening doors with meditation, and juggling balls with your laughter. The Passage's active feedback events immediately respond to your changing physiology. You will learn how to relax and restore balance, quiet your mind, increase your mental clarity, and improve your creativity and problem solving. All while playing a game!

If you are intersted in trying out The Passage, please stop by the Counseling Services front desk or call us at 906-635-2752.

Consultation

Counseling Services provides consultation to faculty, staff, concerned others and students seeking information about issues related to mental health, well being, relationships or about how to help others in their lives. For phone consultation or more information, call 906-635-2752 or on campus, 2752.

 

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