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Semester Break Hours:  The Counseling Service will close for the semester at the end of the day on Thursday, December 19.  The Counseling Service will reopen on Monday, January 13.   From January 13-17, we will be open to meet the needs of enrolled Law and GSEC students whose classes are already in session.  During that week, we will also be open for all students for urgent care, so that students needing crisis counseling or who have urgent needs can be assessed. During the week of January 13, students needing an appointment should contact our desk at 768-7160 to schedule appointments.  We will resume our regular operating schedule on Tuesday, January 21.  At any time the Counseling Service is closed, students can reach a counselor via phone by calling our Crisis Counseling Service at 503-265-7804.  


At one time or another, students may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of college, work, family, or relationships. Counseling Service staff are available to help students cope with these and other stressors. About 15% of Lewis & Clark students (25% of undergraduates) visit the Counseling Service each year. We offer primarily short-term individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as crisis counseling and some psychiatry services. Our staff consists of licensed mental health clinicians and doctoral practicum clinicians who are supervised by our licensed staff.  Follow this link for more information about accessing services.  

Statement of our commitment to diversity and inclusion:  We in the counseling service are committed to providing a safe environment for all by recognizing the unique identities of our diverse Lewis & Clark community. It is part of our professional ethics and personal values to promote inclusion and to be aware of the impact of privilege, prejudice, marginalization, and discrimination in the lives of individuals. We strive to create an atmosphere where we foster dialogue and promote actions that respect and honor all persons. We believe that sharing and supporting varying perspectives facilitates connection, health, and wellness.

  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The Counseling Service can assist students with academic concerns.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The Counseling Service provides crisis counseling sessions. Appointment times are held each day for students who need to be seen urgently.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The Counseling Service provides confidential individual and couples counseling.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Law, Grad and Undergraduate students can all access services at the Counseling Service.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> It’s not uncommon for students to feel lonely or feel like they have low self-esteem. The Counseling Service can provide tips to improve these feelings.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Support groups are often run out of the Counseling Service. Call us to find out more.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Have you experienced a loss? The Counseling Service can help during your time of grief.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> If you are having thoughts of suicide, please call the Counseling Service.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The Counseling Service can help you with family concerns or issues.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The most common issues that students talk about in counseling sessions are relationship problems, anxiety, and depression.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> If you want to find off-campus mental health providers, the Counseling Service or Case Management office can provide you with referrals.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> More than 20% of our undergraduate students visit the Counseling Service each year.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Do you or do you know someone who may have an eating disorder or body image issues? The Counseling Service can help.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Panic attacks are common amongst college students. The Counseling Service can help you manage these.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> The Counseling Service offers support around sexual orientation and gender identity.</p></div>


  • The Counseling Service will be closed for a portion of the semester break.  The Health Service will be closed the afternoon of December 17, and also from December 20 through January 21.
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