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.
After an initial visit with a licensed mental health care provider, most students will sign up for a series of three workshops called “Springboard.” These three workshops, with a maximum of ten students, are led by a team of licensed psychologists or mental health counselors. The workshops provide you with an opportunity to pause, identify, and become more deeply aware of what is going on in your life; learn new ways to think about and understand the challenges that brought you to the Counseling Center, and develop coping tools for confronting problems that many students face. The workshops also will help you determine if individual counseling is right for you.
Springboard is not group therapy. You are not required to discuss any details of your personal or emotional life. It is a discreet learning environment, designed to give you the tools you need to cope with a wide range of problems.
There is no cost for participation in Springboard.
Springboard does not replace one-on-one counseling.
For some students, the three Springboard workshops are adequate, and no further assistance is needed. Other students require one-on-one counseling with a licensed psychologist or mental health counselor.
Since Springboard can help students make the most of one-on-one counseling, students typically participate in Springboard before one-on-one counseling.
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.