Location and Hours

The PLU Counseling Center is located on the third floor of the Loren and MaryAnn Anderson University Center. During the academic year, we are open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed daily from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm for lunch.

Contact: 253-535-7206 or councen@plu.edu

Welcome to the Counseling Center

All of us at PLU recognize that college presents a wide range of challenges. College is a time for personal growth, learning, and self-knowledge, but it isn’t always easy. Some students need a place to develop coping skills for social, academic, and personal growth. Other students face more complex problems like anxiety, depression, and similar concerns. Our experienced team of licensed psychologists and mental health counselors is well prepared to help you make the most of your educational experience. All services are provided at no charge for students who are attending classes.

Your First Appointment

Your first appointment will serve as a “screening” visit. This means that you will meet with a licensed psychologist or mental health counselor to talk about your concerns and determine the best plan of action. In most cases, we will make an effort to send you an email, call you, or send a text message to remind you of your appointment. Text and email reminders serve only as a courtesy. It is always your responsibility to remember your own appointment time, and to arrive at the Counseling Center on time. Please ensure that you review our attendance policy.

Medications and Physical Well-being

The Counseling Center remains cognizant of the mind/body connection. All of the Counseling Center staff work closely with the PLU Health Center to coordinate care that encompasses your mental and physical health. For students who may require evaluation for psychiatric medication, the psychologists and mental health counselors can make referrals either to the PLU Health Center or to other healthcare providers both on- and off-campus.


The Counseling Center cares deeply about maintaining your privacy and confidentiality. Our services are provided in accordance with federal and state privacy laws. An elevator in the back of the Loren and MaryAnn Anderson University Center provides access to the Counseling Center so that you may bypass the front hall stairway.

Referring a Student to the Counseling Center

We encourage parents, faculty, staff, and peers to refer students to the Counseling Center. Due to confidentiality laws and policies, we cannot schedule an appointment for a student by a third party. A student who wishes to visit the Counseling Center must contact the Counseling Center directly. If you wish to help a student, you are welcome to accompany a student to our office, or accompany him or her while making a phone call to schedule an appointment.

Anxiety Reduction Group

College can be an enjoyable and also difficult time for many students. Whether it is moving away from home, getting ready to graduate, trying to stay on top of work and school, or dealing with a life stressor…it is not uncommon to feel stressed, tense, overwhelmed, and worried. If you have been dealing with these feelings and want to figure out how to move towards your goals and values, then our anxiety reduction group may be for you! In our group we learn how to manage anxiety productively, identify solutions to anxiety, and turn anxiety energy into healthy living. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the counseling center as soon as possible. Enrollment closing soon.

Scheduled dates and times: Wednesday April 1st, April 8th, April 15th and April 22nd. 12:30-1:40pm.