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.
Outreach Programs and Services
In addition to individual counseling, the Counseling Center hosts and participates in a variety of presentations, lectures, groups, and workshops for students, faculty, and staff.