As the campus psychologist at Lakeland Community College, I am here to help you succeed in pursuing your education when personal, emotional, or family problems may be interfering with your learning. Some of the most common challenges that students face include:
- Relationship issues
- Adjustment difficulties
I can also help students who are experiencing parenting challenges, eating disorders, lack of direction or meaning, alcohol or drug abuse, reaction to a traumatic incident, low self-esteem, domestic violence, high levels of stress, mood swings, and life transitions.
My services include assessment, short-term personal counseling, short-term couples counseling, referral, and crisis intervention. When you are experiencing personal or emotional difficulties, these services can help you get back on track and help you succeed in pursuing your education at Lakeland.
The purpose of our initial session will be for me to listen carefully to fully understand your situation and evaluate your needs. Together, we will come up with a plan of action. Depending on your needs, I may provide short-term personal counseling or I may provide a referral to an outside provider of services.
Short-term Personal Counseling:
Personal counseling usually consists of anywhere between three and fifteen sessions, depending on your needs. These sessions are generally held on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. At the beginning of the process, we will work together to define your goals. Examples of some goals might be to decrease stress, to improve communication with others, to simply feel better, or to find a greater sense of direction or meaning in your life.
Depending on your circumstances, there are a number of ways that our work may proceed. We may use our time together to identify strategies that you can use to meet your goals. We may explore your thoughts and feelings about your situation. We may discuss barriers that are preventing you from moving forward in the ways you would like.
Throughout the counseling process, it will be my goal to provide you with a caring, supportive, and professional environment in which to explore your personal challenges and facilitate change.
If your needs go beyond the services that I offer on campus, I will work closely with you to help you get connected with appropriate off-campus resources. I will help you find providers who will accept your health insurance or operate on a sliding-scale fee schedule.
At times, students can experience personal difficulties that can feel overwhelming. One of my roles as the campus psychologist is to help facilitate the safety and well-being of Lakeland students. When I am on campus, I am on call and available to respond to mental health crisis situations.
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Students are often concerned about their privacy when seeking out personal counseling on campus. All information that a student shares with me is regarded as confidential. The records that I keep are stored separately from your general college records, and only I have access to them. I do not share information with outside parties unless you give me permission to do so. However, if there is a serious threat of harm to yourself or someone else, I may be required by law to share information with an outside party in order to ensure your safety. If you have any questions regarding confidentiality of psychological services, please feel free to discuss them with me at any time.
To schedule an appointment, contact me.