Services are free of charge to currently enrolled LBC students.
Individual counseling sessions are normally planned weekly and usually last about fifty minutes. The length of time a student spends in counseling varies, but most students are seen on a "short term" basis (3 to 8 sessions or less).
Simply stop in and complete an "intake form." This provides background information and your schedule. Our counselors review these forms and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Appointments can be made for individuals, couples, or groups.
Due to time and staff limitations, we are not able to extend services outside our currently enrolled student population. See our referral page for options to locate a counselor in your area.
Staff counselors are professionals with graduate degrees in counseling, psychology, or social work. Each staff person is committed to applying Christian principles as a foundation for their work with students. Counselors at the college recognize that there is no healing apart from the work of God. They understand their discipline and, at the same time, understand the work of grace in each person's life.
The Counseling and Career Center is also used for the training of graduate interns for the counseling profession. Interns are closely supervised by a doctoral-level staff counselor who is responsible for the intern's work with students.
What you share with the counselor will be held in confidence, unless you give your counselor permission to discuss it with others. This is the case except for incidents of suspected abuse of children or elderly persons, when you present a serious danger to yourself or others, or in the extremely unlikely event that records are requested by a court of law. You will be asked to sign a specific release form before any information is provided to outside parties.
See the section on Confidentiality for more information about how your sessions remain confidential.
If you are concerned about a friend who may need help, you can discuss this with a counselor without being asked to reveal the identity of your friend. A brief consultation at such a time may be just what you need to decide how best to help your friend. A counselor can often assist you with ideas about suggesting counseling to a friend or about handling a difficult situation. Students are often relieved after these consultations, and grateful for this type of assistance.
Students come to counseling for a number of reasons, but mostly because they are temporarily "stuck" in the middle of working out a personal problem. Being stuck usually relates to several common themes as noted.
Family: communication with parents, parents' divorce, independence
Spirituality: questions about faith, confusion about God's will, differences among Christians
Friends: helping friends with problems, conflicts with friends, over-dependent friends
Decision Making: keeping commitments, difficulty with decisions, setting limits/priorities
Intimacy/Sexuality: building lasting friendships, confusion over sexual behavior, issues of sexual orientation, break-up of a steady relationship, effects of past sexual abuse, sexual harassment, physical/verbal abuse in dating relationship
Managing Emotions: depression or anxiety, expressing anger, recognizing emotions in ourselves, forgiving others
Problem Behaviors or Situations: anorexia/bulimia, alcohol or drug abuse, other "compulsive" behaviors, unplanned pregnancy
Most of the above behaviors are the typical struggles of many students. Making use of counseling available to you as a student may be one of the best decisions you make, rather than some sign of weakness or sickness.