Counseling Center Services - Fall 2013

College life can be very challenging and is often stressful. Students experience those challenges in a number of different ways. Many students feel anxious, scared, depressed, confused, or overwhelmed at some point during their college experience and need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem beyond their control.

For many college students, help can be found through counseling. Counseling is a process where you can talk to an objective listener who can help you identify more effective strategies to cope with difficult situations and to achieve your goals.

Students often feel anxious about seeking counseling. You might worry that it is a sign of weakness or an indication that there is something seriously wrong. However, you don't have to be in crisis or have a serious mental illness to benefit from counseling. Most people who seek counseling are struggling with normal life events that we all experience one time or another in our lives. In fact, we believe that knowing when to ask for help is a sign of personal wisdom and courage.

Individual counseling is a collaborative effort between you and your counselor. We want to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you and to help foster your growth in body, mind and spirit.

Here are some common concerns that bring students to counseling:

  • Symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Chronic illness
  • College adjustment issues such as homesickness, academic problems, or test anxiety
  • Interpersonal difficulties, including family problems, romantic relationship concerns
  • Challenges with assertiveness and self-confidence
  • Bereavement and grief related to a major loss (such as death or parental divorce)
  • Questions/exploration about identity, self-image, sexuality, gender
  • Religious or spiritual issues
  • Concerns about body image, food, eating, or weight
  • Experience with sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, abuse, or other trauma
  • Thoughts of suicide, death, or hurting others
  • Harmful behaviors like drug or alcohol abuse or self-harm (cutting, burning, etc.)
  • 

Eligibility

Counseling services are available for any students currently enrolled as a student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Services are confidential, free of charge, and are completely separate from your academic record. 

Any information you share during your session will be treated with the strictest confidentiality as allowed by law. In accordance with ethical and legal standards, this information will not be disclosed to anyone without your written consent, except in very specific circumstances as required by law. 

Setting Up An Appointment

Counselors are located in the Student Success Center inside the lower level of the Residence Hall. Most sessions last about 50 minutes. The counselors' available times will be posted at the beginning of each semester.  

You can go directly to the office during the hours listed below or you can call or email one or more of the counselors to set up an appointment. When calling or e-mailing for an appointment, please let the counselor know your open days and times. They will respond and try to match their open times with yours. If you have a particular counselor preference, this might increase the time you have to wait for your first appointment.

While we prefer that you handle consultation, appointment scheduling, and discussion of counseling issues via phone or in person, we also understand that you are very busy students and e-mail might be the most convenient way to contact us. Please know that we take your time and confidentiality very seriously and therefore consider it imperative that you understand the limitations of our use of e-mail technology. E-mail accounts may not be checked daily, on weekends, or during holidays. Also, note that e-mail is not a secure form of communication; therefore, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Please use at your discretion.

Typically, we will ask you to arrive 15-20 minutes early for your first appointment so that you can fill out paperwork.  It is essential that you arrive promptly for your appointment. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you will likely be asked to reschedule.

What if I Have to Cancel My Appointment?

Please contact your counselor as soon as possible when you become aware that you cannot come to your appointment so that we can open up your time slot for another student. You may choose to contact the Counseling Center staff via phone or e-mail about such matters as rescheduling or canceling an appointment. You can leave a message on the voicemail if you are calling outside of business hours. Please keep in mind that staff may not check their e-mail regularly or may inadvertently miss your e-mail message altogether. Also, email is subject to interception and is not considered reliably confidential.

Counselors and Contact Information

 

Michelle

Michelle Hastings, Ph.D.

Michelle completed her doctoral internship at the University of Texas-Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center and earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri (Columbia). Michelle has always been passionate about working with college students because it offers a developmentally unique time of exploration in the lives of individuals. As a generalist, Michelle works with a variety of challenges you may be experiencing and specializes in identity issues, grief and loss, LGBT population, spiritual and religious issues, bipolar disorder, and multicultural issues.

Michelle's email: michelle.hastings@stlcop.edu

Michelle's phone: 314.446.8338

Office location: Lower level of the Residence Hall, Room 2143

Joanne

Joanne Perry

Joanne earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and is currently in her second year of the clinical psychology doctoral program at St. Louis University.  She is interested in treating a wide variety of health psychology issues, but is especially interested in working with depression, anxiety, stress and coping, and performance enhancement techniques in sport and academic settings.

Joanne's email: joanne.perry@stlcop.edu

Joanne's phone: 314.446.8353

Office location: Lower level of the Residence Hall, Room 2147

 
Kevin

Kevin Wenzel

Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University and is currently in his third year of the clinical psychology doctoral program at Saint Louis University.  Kevin is interested in treating a wide variety of mental health conditions, but is especially interested in working with individuals dealing with depression, alcohol use and addictions, eating concerns, and emotional dysregulation.

Kevin's email: kevin.wenzel@stlcop.edu

Kevin's phone: 314.446.8353

Office location: Lower level of the Residence Hall, Room 2147                                                                        

 
Alicia

Alicia Wojciuch

Alicia graduated with a BS in Psychology in 2003 and has since worked with adolescents in residential treatment, a domestic violence advocacy agency, and in the Student Affairs department here at STLCOP. She is in the process of completing her Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on counseling at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Alicia is passionate about empowering students to navigate their complex worlds in order to live a healthier, happier life.  Through strength-based, holistic, and generalist approaches she hopes to help students achieve the goals they have for themselves while gaining a better quality of life and interpersonal well-being.

Alicia's email: alicia.wojciuch@stlcop.edu

Alicia's phone: 314.446.8353

Office location: Lower level of the Residence Hall, Room 2147

Fall 2013 Office Hours

DAY

COUNSELOR

     OFFICE TIMES

 

MONDAY

 

   Michelle

   Kevin

 

   8:30AM-5:00PM

   1:00PM-7:00PM

 

 

TUESDAY

 

   Michelle

   Joanne 

 

   8:30AM-5:00PM

   4:00PM-8:00PM 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY

 

   Michelle

   Joanne

   Alicia

 

   8:30AM-5:00PM

   9:00AM-2:00PM

   3:00PM-6:00PM

 

 

THURSDAY

 

 

   Michelle

   Alicia 

 

 

   8:30AM-5:00PM

   3:00PM-6:00PM

 

 

FRIDAY

 

   Michelle

   Kevin

   Alicia 

 

   8:30AM-5:00PM

   9:30AM-12:30PM

   1:00PM-3:00PM

 

At-A-Glance Important Phone Numbers

Michelle Hastings, Campus Psychologist: 314.446.8338
Joanne Perry, Kevin Wensel, and Alicia Wojciuch: 314.446.8353
Rebecca Jones, Director of Academic Support: 314.446.8352
Residence Hall Front Desk: 314.446.8335
Campus Security: 314.446.SAFE (7233)
Life Crisis Hotline: 314.647.4357
Emergency, Police: 911

Students in Crisis

If you are in crisis, such as having thoughts of suicide, during regular business hours, please contact any of the Student Success Center counselors, Michelle Hastings, Rebecca Jones, or another student affairs staff member directly in person, via e-mail, or phone immediately. If you are unable to reach a student affairs staff member please contact STLCOP Security at 314.446.SAFE (7233).

If you are in crisis after hours please call Campus Security at 314.446.SAFE (7233). Security is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If no one on campus is available to help, or if you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone here, you can contact the Life Crisis Hotline at 314.647.4357. In the case of a life threatening emergency dial 911.

Off-Campus Counseling and Medication Management Options

In addition to the services offered by the counselors at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, you have the option to contact the Saint Louis University Psychological Services Center (PSC).  To make an appointment to see a counselor at the PSC please call 314.977.2278. When you call, let them know that you are enrolled at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Free, unlimited, general counseling sessions with counselors at SLU are open to all St. Louis College of Pharmacy students. Some additional services might require you to pay a portion of the cost (i.e. testing, assessments).  The PSC is located on the SLU Campus in 11 Shannon Hall.  You may park in the spaces reserved for “St. Louis College of Pharmacy” in front of Marchetti Towers Apartments on Laclede Avenue. Walk north across Laclede Avenue to a sidewalk between Busch Student Center and Macelwane Hall and continue past Kelley Auditorium (the glass enclosed building). Turn right and you will see Shannon Hall.

If you would like to have a psychiatric evaluation or a pharmacological consultation, another counselor or psychologist for therapy, or a general practitioner for any other health concerns, you can see providers at SLU Student Health using your own personal insurance.  SLU Student Health Center is located on the ground floor of Marchetti Towers East, 3518 Laclede Avenue and the phone number to make an appointment is 314.977.7192.

Assessments for ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Cognitive Disorders

If you would like to have an assessment for a learning disability, ADD or ADHD, or other cognitive challenges, you can be seen at St. Louis University Psychological Services Clinic (PSC).  The testing fee is based on a sliding fee scale ranging from $150-800.  The fee is determined by family income.  If you are a dependent (declared a dependent on the family income tax), then the family income is used.  If you are not a dependent (not claimed on parent's income tax), then your income is used to determine the fee.  A $50 retainer fee is required before setting up testing.  Credit cards can be used.  The PSC is located on the SLU Campus in 11 Shannon Hall and the phone number to make an appointment is 314.977.2278.

Policy for Seeing a Counselor Over the Summer

Students can continue to use our free counseling services over the summer with our full-time psychologist, Michelle Hastings. You can also obtain services through Saint Louis University Psychological Services Center at no charge.

Diversity

The Counseling Center is dedicated to creating an open and welcoming environment that is safe for everyone we serve and with whom we interact.  We celebrate the diversity of our campus and our community and strive for multicultural competency in all of our work.

Presentation Requests

Our counseling staff offers presentations to classes and student organizations on a variety of issues involving mental health and diversity issues. To request a presentation, please contact Michelle Hastings, campus psychologist, at least two weeks before the desired presentation date and we will try our best to accommodate your needs. Some topics that might be of interest: a brief overview and Q-A session about counseling services, stress management, grief and loss in practice.

Groups and Classes

Support groups can be another alternative to individual counseling. The power of being in a group can lead to feeling less isolated and the chance to learn from peer interaction. You might be hesitant to be part of a group but most students find it to be a very positive and satisfying experience. New groups will form each semester. Please contact our office for a list of groups and to discuss joining. Topics of interest include disordered eating, perfectionism, and anxiety.

Identifying Signs of Student Distress

Faculty, staff, residence hall personnel, and students often encounter distressed students and can play a crucial role in identifying those who could benefit from counseling services. Students who exhibit a combination of these symptoms or behaviors over a sustained period of time should be of particular concern, and it may be beneficial to refer them to counseling:

  • sudden deterioration in academic work, frequent absences or tardiness, inappropriate or disruptive classroom behavior, papers with themes of distress
  • dependency, for example, the student makes excessive appointments to see you
  • listlessness, lack of energy, falling asleep in class
  • coming to class intoxicated or high
  • references to death or suicide; expressions of hopelessness
  • physical changes, especially sudden weight loss or deteriorating personal hygiene
  • withdrawal, isolation from others
  • inability to make decisions despite your attempts to clarify and encourage
  • excessive somatic complaints
  • high irritability, angry outbursts
  • bizarre or strange behavior, such as unexplained crying, hearing voices, disorganized thinking, blatantly inappropriate comments or questions in class
  • over-reaction to criticism or mistakes
  • visible signs of depression or anxiety

For more information about counseling services, contact Michelle Hastings, campus psychologist at 314.446.8338 or michelle.hastings@stlcop.edu.