We offer primarily short-term individual, couples, and group therapy. Our staff consists of licensed mental health clinicians and doctoral practicum clinicians who are supervised by our licensed staff.
Please note: Students can request to schedule with a therapist of color or other identity, though scheduling options may be more limited or delayed and not all options requested may be available.
We hope to serve as many students as possible and are a good resource for students needing short-term or intermittent counseling support during the academic year. We typically meet with a student for ten or fewer sessions over the course of an academic year. If you want to meet with the same counselor regularly throughout your years at LC, we can help you find the off campus resources you need —or you can also get support for referrals through the Office of Student Accessibility.
Please be aware that while service animals are welcome in our clinics, other animals are not allowed. This stance was adopted out of concern for students and staff with allergies.
Our consulting psychiatrist can prescribe medication for mental or emotional conditions. Since she is with us only a few hours each week, her services are limited to students who are also engaged in counseling on campus. Students who are interested in medications without therapy can contact the Office of Student Accessibility for off-campus referrals. Students interested in ADHD treatment can learn more about ADHD medication assessment and treatment at the Counseling Service. There are modest fees for psychiatry services.
There is a physician in the Health Service who can assess for depression and anxiety, and who will prescribe medication for these conditions when she thinks it is appropriate. However, for the 2021-22 academic year, that physician will not be available for these appointments as she is providing evaluation support to students related to any COVID-like symptoms.
Are you curious about whether you’d benefit from speaking with a counselor? Check out our confidential, anonymous online screening to take self-assessments for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, alcohol use, drug use, gambling behavior, psychotic symptoms, and general well-being.
Are services confidential?
We take confidentiality seriously and follow APA (American Psychological Association) ethical guidelines on confidentiality. All our clinical services are confidential, with a few exceptions permitted or required by law. Every student who comes into the Counseling Service receives a copy of the exceptions to confidentiality before the first meeting with a counselor. In fact, you can check out all the confidentiality rules and exceptions on our confidentiality page.
Concerned about a friend?
If you are concerned about a member of our community who is having problems, we offer confidential consultation about how you can help.
What services do you have for students with ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is often referred to as ADD or ADHD. Symptoms can include difficulty concentrating or focusing, being easily distracted, and impulsivity. The disorder may be inexperienced either with or without symptoms of hyperactivity.
Both counseling and medical interventions have been shown to be helpful with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Some students also benefit from receiving academic accommodations for ADHD, such as extended testing time or a reduced-distraction testing environment. At Lewis & Clark, the Office of Student Accessibility coordinates requests for academic accommodations for ADHD, while the Counseling Service provides limited assessment and treatment resources, as well as referrals to community providers.
If you are interested in talking with a counselor about whether you have potential ADHD, and about potential counseling interventions, contact the Counseling Service at 503-768-7160.
Because we have only a limited number of psychiatry appointments each week in the Counseling Service, we are not able to meet the needs of all students who might want to be assessed and treated with medication for potential ADHD. At the outset of each semester, we set aside a certain number of appointments to evaluate students for ADHD. When those appointments are full, we refer students who need ADHD assessment to off-campus providers. More information about medication assessment and treatment for ADHD at the Counseling Service.
General Mental Health Resources
Half of Us | Based on the finding that half of all college students reported feeling so depressed that they couldn’t function, this website by mtvU and The Jed Foundation shows video stories of students and high-profile artists in order to increase awareness about mental health issues on campus and connects students to the appropriate resources to get help.
Ulifeline | An anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention.
Anxiety.org has a new page that is dedicated solely for college students in need of some advice or help with their college lives.
Health 101 | Health promotion by students for students
Coming Out as You | Information from the Trevor Project for LGBTQ to guide them in coming out
Queer Resource Center | The QRC is a resource center serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, omnisexual, polysexual, pansexual and allied community at Lewis & Clark College.
Alcohol & Drug Support-Health Promotion and Wellness Site
Learning Disabilities & ADHD Resources
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Download Guided mountain meditation.m4a (This guided meditation, adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn, helps with feeling grounded and in finding our inner strength, courage, and stability when facing stressful, difficult, or painful life events. These circumstances may be both internal and external. Meditation can help bring mindful awareness and nonjudgmental acceptance to our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Guided imagery meditation is just one of many types of mindful meditation techniques available.)