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What is the EKU Counseling Center (EKUCC)? 
What does the EKUCC offer for students?
Who is eligible for services at the EKUCC?
How much does it cost?
What are your office hours? Where is the EKUCC office located?
How is counseling helpful?
What happens in counseling?
How many times do I get to meet with a counselor?
If I receive counseling at EKUCC, can anyone find out about it?
How long do appointments last?
How do I start counseling?
What if I am in crisis?
Does the EKUCC provide medication?
Can you provide documentation for an Emotional Support Animal? How about ADHD?
Does EKUCC provide letters of support to withdraw from classes or the university? Or appeal letters for Financial Aid or Registrar's Office?
If am a student that is deaf or hard of hearing can I receive services?
Does the EKUCC provide counseling for EKU faculty and staff?
What if I am concerned about a student?
What is outreach and community intervention?
Can the EKUCC give presentations to classes?
Do you offer any opportunities for graduate students or undergraduate students who want experience working in a counseling center?
What is the MHPA (Mental Health Peer Advocate) program?

What is the EKU Counseling Center (EKUCC)? EKUCC provides mental health counseling and a host of other resources to support student emotional health and wellbeing. EKUCC professional staff are psychologists and clinicians who are licensed to provide mental health counseling services. Counseling services are also provided by pre and/or post doctoral psychology students in training who are supervised by EKUCC psychologists. -back to top-

What does the EKUCC offer for students? Short-term, free counseling and therapy services to enrolled EKU students. These services are designed to support your personal and academic success as an EKU student. Services include:

  • counseling therapy groups
  • drop-in support and mental health and wellness groups
  • individual and couples counseling
  • self-directed biofeedback services
  • psychoeducational workshops to improve mental thealth and emotional coping, and
  • outreach programs and events to promote physical and mental wellness-back to top-

Who is eligible for services at EKUCC? Any currently enrolled EKU student is eligible to have an Initial Assessment to determine appopriateness for EKUCC services.-back to top-  

How much does it cost? All EKUCC clinical and counseling services are free to students.-back to top-

What are your office hours? Where is the EKUCC office located? EKUCC office hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm. We are located in the Whitlock Bldg, Room 571. NOTE: EKUCC follows the university calendar regarding operating hours. EKUCC observes EKU holidays and semester breaks (see University Calendar). EKUCC will also follow university inclement weather and/or cancellation schedule changes.-back to top-

What happens in counseling? In counseling, your therapist will work with you to identify your personal goals for therapy. You can expect that your counselor will listen closely to understand your experiences, and will work with you to help achieve these goals. It often involves: getting a different perspective on your experiences, exploring and discovering things about yourself, making changes in unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving, processing difficult experiences, and learning healthy coping tools.-back to top-

How is counseling helpful? Counseling services can be helpful if:

  • the distress in your life has reached a point where it is difficult or hard to function physically and/or mentally
  • your overall life satisfaction is not where you want it to be
  • your mood is negatively affecting your ability to go to class, manage school work, or enjoying your life

Students also meet with a counselor for a wide variety of other issues such as: homesickness, anxiety, depression, substance use, social anxiety, relationships concerns, sexual assault, curent and/or past abuse, suicidal thoughts, eating concerns, low self-esteem, grief or loss, sexual orientation, identity development, experiences with discrimination, etc.-back to top-

Is there a limit to the number of sessions? All EKU groups, workshops, and self-directed biofeedback sessions are unlimited. If you are referred to individual therapy, you and your counselor will discuss the number of sessions recommended to address your therapy goals. EKUCC is able to provide up to 12 individual therapy sessions per academic year (an academic year is Aug 1-July 31).-back to top-

If I receive counseling at EKUCC, can anyone find out about it? Meeting with a counselor is confidential-we will not release any information about you outside EKUCC without your permission. There are legal exceptions such as situations involving child or adult abuse or neglect, court orders or subpoena of records, or immediate and serious danger to self or others. See Confidentiality for specific details.-back to top-

How long do appointments last? Your first meeting at EKUCC (the Initial Assessment) typically lasts 30-40 minutes. This includes the 20 minutes it usually takes to complete the required counseling information needed before you meet with the counselor on-call. Appointment-based group sessions last 90 minutes. Drop-in or support groups last 60 minutes. Individual or couples therapy sessions last 45-50 minutes.-back to top-

How do I start counseling? First come to the EKUCC office and time before 2:30pm on a weekday for an Initial Assessment. At this brief meeting, the initial assessment counselor will ask some questions about what led you to seek counseling. At the end of this meeting, the assessment counselor will discuss their recommendations with you.-back to top-

What if I am in crisis? In any life-threatening situation, such as suicide attempt, alcohol or drug overdose, or serious mental health crisis, call 911 (from campus phone: 2-1111) or proceed immediately to the Baptist Health Emergency Room at Baptist Health Hospital located on the Eastern Bypass (phone: 859-623-3131).

EKUCC is available to students experiencing a crisis situation during the Center's operating hours. These are Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm. EKUCC is located in Room 571, Whitlock Bldg. You may also reach us by phone at (859) 622-1303.

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IF CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE, PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION. Call the SUICIDE HOTLINE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text line ("start" at 741741). ALL ASSISTANCE IS FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL. For more information: http://suicideprevention.eku.edu/

Does EKUCC provide medication? Currently EKUCC does not provide psychiatry services or prescriptions for medication.-back to top-

Does EKUCC provide assessments for things like an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) or ADHD? No, EKUCC does not provide the necessary testing and assessment for ESA or for ADHD diagnosis. If you are interested in documentation and/or testing for either accomodation, see our list of resources or visit the EKU Center for Student Accessibility for referral information.-back to top-

Does EKUCC provide letters of support to withdraw from classes or to appeal to the Financial Aid or Registrar's Office? If you request a letter of support from EKUCC, a request for documentation must be completed first. This request form is available at the front desk of our office (located in Whitlock Bldg, Room 571). Please note the following:

  • Letters will be provided only in the event you have an established treatment/counseling relationship with your therapist. This is defined as attending multiple sessions during a treatment episode.
  • All requests for letters much be made at least two (2) working days in advance of when they are needed. 
  • You must complete a Release of Information form before a letter will be provided, even if you are requesting a letter made out to yourself.-back to top-

If I am a student who is deaf or hard of hearing can I receive services? Yes. Although we do not have clinicians on staff that are trained in ASL, you can request an interpreter. See Center for Student Accessibility for more information.-back to top-

Does the EKUCC provide counseling for EKU faculty and staff? No, our services are limited to currently enrolled EKU students. Please see the EKU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Human Resources office for faculty/staff mental health resources. If you are a faculty or staff and currently taking classes, you will be referred to your EAP program for mental health assistance.-back to top-

What is "community intervention" and "outreach"? EKUCC is committed to providing and participating in programs, workshops, and events that promote mental health and wellness. Typical outreach programs and activities include providing information about our services and mental health through tablings, class presentation, sponsoring or co-sponsoring events with other departments, university functions, and larger scale events. Some of our university wide events have included: Play Day!, Get on Uranus! held at the Hummel Planetarium and Get On Your Grass! in the Ravine (guided mediation for relaxation), and national mental health screening days (mental health, eating disorder, and substance abuse). See our Events calendar for more information about upcoming outreach activities.-back to top-

Can EKUCC give class presentations or workshops? We enjoy giving presentations to classes and other EKU organizations! Our ability to say yes to a request depends on how soon we are notified of the desired presentation date, and the type of presentation requested. A minimum of 2 weeks notice is required for us to consider your request. See our online Workshop and Outreach Request form for more information and to complete a request. NOTE: at times when a high volume of students are seeking counseling services, assisting these students is our first priority. As such, we may not be able to fulfill a presentation request the date it is requested. Please contact Natalie Deering, Community Intervention Coordinator for more information.-back to top- 

Do you offer any opportunities for graduate students or undegraduate students who want experience working in a counseling center? EKUCC does offer graduate training practicums and interships. See Training Programs for more information. For EKU undergraduate students, we offer experiences with our Mental Health Peer Advocacy program.-back to top-

What is the MHPA (Mental Health Peer Advocacy Program? 

Glossary of Terms -back to top-

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