Remember that test coming up? Or all the stress your relationship is causing? Or how about feeling pressured to decide on a major or career? Instead of skipping class to take a nap or melting into a puddle of tears, there will soon be a better way to maintain your sanity.
“It’s called in-residence counselors,” said Dr. Judith Fisher, Director of the Counseling and Testing Center in Bell Hall.
Some of the licensed counselors and psychologists, as well as trained graduate interns who are under their supervision, are relocating to Andrews University residence halls part-time in order to provide student with convenient counseling. This change will make counselors more available to students and, hopefully, more appreciated.
“In our attempt to reduce the stigma that’s attached to counseling we’re thinking that having counselors in the residence halls will be helpful,” Fisher adds. She went on to explain that counseling is not just for people with a diagnosis. According to Fisher, counseling is a prevention technique to remain mentally healthy, it’s just like going to see a doctor for a yearly check-up.
“Based on the number of people who have come to us for informal counseling, I imagine that having a trained professional in the building will be utilized,” said Rachel Keele, an Associate Dean in Lamson Hall.
Counseling services offer help in dealing with issues listed on their website like stress management, academics, addictions, relationships, grief and self-esteem, to name a few of the most common problems of the average student.
Keele said that in-residence counselors will be available to students from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Lamson Hall on Tuesdays, Meier Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the University Towers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. time window is reserved for appointments scheduled ahead of time by calling the Counseling and Testing Center’s office in Bell Hall. The in-residence counselors will have a designated office for their use in order to ensure students’ confidentiality.
Rest assured that whether you go to an in-residence hall counselor to talk about childhood traumas or your emotional hangover from the finale of Stranger Things, the counselors are there to make you feel better. So, this school year when you’re hindered by mounds of snow blocking your way to Bell Hall or you just don’t feel like leaving the dorm, you now have a convenient opportunity to check up on your mental health.