COVID-19 update: LAU Counseling is now offering individual online sessions via WebEx and Zoom, or any other platforms deemed appropriate, confidential and reliable.
Counseling at LAU helps you power through your university years. Starting with the school-to-college transition and all its emotional baggage, to dealing with anxiety such as that associated with remote learning, university counselors equip you with essential tools to effectively manage current and future problems.
Sessions are strictly confidential and free of charge for all students. They are typically scheduled once a week and may expand over several weeks depending on the objectives identified by the counselor.
When Should I Seek Help from a Counselor?
If you are experiencing one or more of the following concerns:
- Test anxiety
- Sleeping problems
- Low self-esteem
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Concentration problems
- Decision making problems
- Dramatic mood swings
- Hopelessness or helplessness
- Exposure to sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
- Anxiety, fear, or anger that affects everyday life
- Eating disorders
- Suicidal thoughts
- Loneliness and/or homesickness
- Relationship issues (family, friends, romantic)
- Loss of a family member or loved one
- Poor academic performance.
What Types of Counseling Services Are Offered at LAU?
- Short-term individual counseling
- General consultation
- Group counseling
- Academic skills guidance
- Career/vocational counseling
- Crisis interventions
- On/Off campus referrals
If the counselors believe that the student’s concerns are beyond the scope of the services provided at LAU, they will provide the student with a list of off-campus professionals (i.e., psychotherapists and/or psychiatrists) from which to choose.
How will a Counselor at LAU Help Me?
Counseling at LAU offers you the chance to:
- Disclose and discuss sensitive issues in a safe environment
- Confide in someone who can be trusted for their open-mindedness and professional help
- Receive support and aid in overcoming distress
While knowing that all the information discussed during counseling sessions:
- Will not go on your official record, nor on your transcripts
- Are strictly confidential – unless the counselor identifies that there is potential for self-harm, or harm to others.
Tips During these Challenging Time
We have developed a series of tips and exercises covering different topics, to help you through these difficult stretches and assist you to optimize your academic, extracurricular and social paths.
- Seeking Social Support sheds light on healthy behaviors that promote social support, and unhelpful behaviors that could hinder social support.
- Providing Social Support helps you understand the reasons why people do not seek support and gives you tips on how to help them.
- Performing mindfulness exercises invites you to be in touch with your internal experiences and to reduce your anxiety.
- Strengthening your Emotional Resilience offers tips on how to bounce back when experiencing difficult circumstances.
- Thinking about 6 things the night before the exam that will help reduce exam-related stress.
- Doing 6 things on the morning of the exam that will enhance your readiness.
Guidelines and Tips