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Counseling Services

Welcome! We exist to serve, promote and enhance your overall health and academic success here at Concordia University through a variety of professional mental health services, prevention, education, and training. The counseling staff uses an integrative approach to create self-awareness, impart knowledge and develop skills that will strengthen your ability to tolerate distress, form healthy relationships with God, self and others, and discover healthy expressions of your values and ideals. All individual, couple and group counseling is confidential and available for free to all full-time students.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling sessions are 50 minutes. After your intake session, you and your counselor will decide if this is a one-time session, you need a referral off campus, or will arrange a regular time slot that works with your schedule. You and your counselor will also determine when to conclude your counseling. Common Areas of Concern:

Self-esteem Sexuality Transition Drug & Alcohol
Roommate(s) Grief & Loss Relationships Painful Memories Sleep
Communication Stress & Anxiety Decision Making Anger
Education  Controlling Habits Eating Loneliness
ADD/ADHD Depression Trauma Abuse/Assault

Couples Counseling

Dating, pre-engagement and pre-marital counseling or coaching is an opportunity to build and strengthen your relationship before issues arise or snowball. The prepare inventory may be given independently to each person to help identify areas of strengths to celebrate and areas of growth to improve in the relationship. Other inventories or personality assessments may also be used. Homework assignments that increase healthy communication and build skills and tools in the relationship are usually assigned. Counseling is weekly from 8-12 sessions as needed. Areas that are addressed in pre-marital counseling are:

Personality types Marriage Expectations Communication
Conflict Resolution Financial Management Sexual Expectations
Children and Parenting Family and Friends Role in Relationship
Spiritual Beliefs and Practices Family of Origin  

Marriage counseling is also available. The enrich inventory may be used to help the couple discover areas of strength and areas of growth. At least one person must be currently enrolled as a full time student.

Group Counseling

The Counseling and Testing Center offers group opportunities that are created around commonly presented concerns in the student population.  Groups provide a common space for students to safely express and explore issues, and learn self-care skills while supporting each other’s growth.

Please contact the CTC at 503-493-6545 if you are interested in participating in a group and/or would like to suggest a group topic for a future group.

Confidentiality

You have the right to confidential communication with your counselor. Information revealed by you will be kept strictly confidential and will not be revealed to anyone without your written permission. However there are certain exceptions in which the counselor may be required by law to reveal information:

  • Any present evidence of child, elder or disabled person abuse.
  • The threat of bodily harm to yourself or others.
  • In the case of a legitimate subpoena issued by a court of law.

Hours of Operation

The counseling and Testing Center is open Monday through Friday by appointment between 9am-6pm during the fall and spring semesters to all full-time students. Appointments are arranged at the convenience of the student and counselor. Check with the counseling center for walk-in times. In cases where it is determined that a student’s need is beyond what the Counseling and Testing Center can provide, a counselor will assist the student with referrals to off-campus mental health resources. The student is responsible for all financial costs associated with off-campus service. Reduced counseling services are available May through August.

After hours and weekends, call Public Safety at 503-280-8517

For emergencies or referrals during holidays or closures, call the Multnomah County Crisis Line at 503-988-4888 or immediately proceed to the nearest hospital emergency room (Providence Hospital, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Kaiser Hospital, etc.)

Appointments & Schedule

To make an intake appointment with a counselor, call the Counseling Directory line at 503-493-6499 and press 1 or stop by Student Services between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.

After you have set up your intake appointment and before you attend this appointment, please electronically complete and submit your intake form. This form is used by your counselor to obtain a more complete understanding of you and your concerns.

Location

The Counseling Center is located on the lower level of Centennial Hall, in offices 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations for upcoming sessions must be made at least 24 hours in advance to the Student Services Office Manager in Student Services or by phone to the Counseling Directory Line at 503-493-6499 ext. 1. If you fail to cancel a counseling appointment, you will be charged $25 to be paid before the next session. Please make all checks out to Concordia University - Counseling or bring exact cash to the Student Services Office Manager in Student Services. Exemption from this policy exists only when you and your counselor both agree that you were unable to attend due to circumstances which were beyond your control.

Counseling Staff

Jaklin Peake serves our campus as Director of Counseling. Jakie is a nationally certified, Licensed Professional Counselor who holds the Master of Arts in Counseling. She brings nearly 20 years of experience working with individuals, groups, and families. Jakie and a professional staff of Master's and Doctoral-level counseling interns are available to all full time Concordia students, at no charge.

Disability Testing

If you would like disability testing, please schedule an appointment with the CTC. If you have documentation for a disability and would like accommodations, please contact Liisa Ferguson at 503 280-8515 or lferguson@cu-portland.edu.

Referrals

We are glad to make referrals to counselors, mental health agencies, support groups and organizations within the greater Portland area.