LSSU Counseling Services: Welcome

The staff of Counseling Services would like to extend a warm welcome to those visiting our site. Please feel encouraged to contact us! We welcome all questions and concerns and appreciate it when you share your thoughts and feedback.

  • Counseling Services

    A single-story. ranch-style building houses LSSU Counseling Services.
  • A Resource for Students

    The LSSU Counseling Services logo consists of a tree with a yellow trunk and blue leaves in recognition of Laker colors.
  • Safe Zone

    The LSSU Safe Zone Symbol consists of a pink triangle within a green circle.
  • Resources

    A display of mental health brochures is available within Counseling Services' lobby.
  • Massage Chairs

    Two massage chairs are available for student use at LSSU Counseling Services.
  • HOPE therapy dogs

    A HOPE therapy dog gets belly rubs from students during its visit to LSSU campus.
  • HOPE therapy dogs

    A HOPE therapy dog gets belly rubs from students during its visit to LSSU campus.
  • Know your limits…

    A display designed to educate students on what constitutes "1 standard drink" based on what type of alcoholic beverage is consumed.
  • Movember

    Facts about men's health are on display on a residence hall bulletin board.
  • Suicide Awareness

    This interactive suicide awareness display encourages students to decorate a hand print in recognition of the 1,100 college age students who die each year by suicide.
  • Colorful bowls of candy were placed across campus in recognition of National Coming Out Day
  • Lightbox Therapy

    The Sunray II is a lightbox available for student use at Counseling Services
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255
  • Stress balls with LSSU Counseling Services logo
  • Men’s Health

    A table display dedicated to awareness of men's health.
  • Suicide Prevention

    Information about suicide prevention is on display, including the Suicide Prevention Lifeline number 1-800-273-8255
  • Conquer Finals!

    Students are encouraged to grab a candy cane at the "You CANE Do It" display in recognition of final exams.
  • Pop In and See Us

    Bags of warm popcorn are passed out to encourage students to "pop in" to Counseling Services for support, when needed
  • Outreach: Love is…

    Index cards show the definitions of love submitted by students as part of an interactive display about healthy relationships.
  • Resources

    Counseling Services has a variety of mental health related books and DVD's that students can check out free of cost.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Counseling Services is to promote students’ personal growth and development and to assist students in coping with personal difficulties so they can benefit and succeed from their university experience.

Location

Counseling Services is located on the corner of Easterday and Meridian, next door to the Health CARE Center. Entry is through our front door into our lobby; visitors are welcome to exit through our side door.

623 W. Easterday Avenue

Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783

Phone Number & Office Hours

Front Desk: (906) 635-2752

Fax: (906) 635-2889

Monday – Friday

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (closed for lunch 12 – 1 PM)

Hours are limited when school is not in session and during the summer.

Appointments

Students need to schedule an appointment to be seen, however walk-in sessions are provided in emergency or urgent situations. Please tell the receptionist if you need to be seen immediately. An initial appointment is typically scheduled for 30 minutes, and ongoing counseling sessions are typically 45 minutes.

Emergencies

If a mental health emergency occurs in the evening or or on weekend, the following resources are recommended:

  • Call 911 or LSSU Public Safety at 906-635-2210
  • Local 24 hour Crisis Intervention Services at 1-800-839-9443
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

A Resource for Students

Eligibility: All LSSU students who are fully admitted and currently enrolled.

Fees: Services are FREE of charge.

We provide a variety of brief time-limited services to fully admitted and currently enrolled students. All services are free of charge, confidential, and not part of a student’s academic record. Services include: short-term psychotherapy; outreach/education; resources and referrals; and consultation. Additionally, students can access Light Box therapy, biofeedback software, check out reading material from our resource library, or sit in one of two Human Touch WholeBody massage chairs. Services are available during the Fall and Spring semesters but are limited when school is not in session.

Our individual services are designed to be short-term (average 6 sessions). Often a few individual meetings, and sometimes even one consultative session, can help you better identify, understand, and resolve the barriers that may be interfering with your sense of personal well being and/or academic success. If, during the initial appointment or during the course of short-term psychotherapy, it is determined that a student requires more therapeutic support than can be offered in our short-term model, the Counseling Services therapist will provide referrals and guide that student through the process of getting connected with a community support.

Please do not e-mail us with personal information. E-mail is not a secure form of communication. Contact us by calling or stopping in.

Mental Health Benefits for Veterans

Sault Sainte Marie has a Community Based Outreach Clinic for US Veterans. Their contact information is as follows: 509 Osborn Blvd, Suite 306 Phone: 906-253-9383. There is also a 24-Hour Mental Health Hotline you are encouraged to call, if needed: 1-800-273-8255. If you would like more assistance, please contact Counseling Services. If you would like to learn more about the serivces offered through Sault Sainte Marie’s Vet Center Program, please visit: http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/