Arkansas Tech Counseling Services provides professional counseling services free to enrolled ATU students. The professional staff is happy to assist our faculty, staff and administration with referrals for counseling in the community as needed.
Students seek counseling for a variety of reasons including depression, anxiety, relationship
problems, adjustment to college, decision making, and other needs. Counseling Services offers short-term, intermittent therapy. Short- term counseling
is a good option when you have specific concerns that can be addressed in a few sessions.
After 4 free sessions per semester, each session costs $25 and is billed to the student
account as a health fee. No payment is expected at time of service.
Online Counseling Options
Though many students prefer face to face counseling, some sessions can be conducted online and these services are considered tele-mental health services. Students who prefer to participate in online counseling should let the receptionist know this when scheduling. Students can call 479-968-0329 to schedule an appointment and for more information.
A variety of groups will be offered each semester and all students are welcome to participate. Students may attend an unlimited number of group sessions.
Groups for Fall 2022:
LGBTQ+ Support Group:
This group, led by counselor Craig Witcher, LPC, is offered for students who are facing the challenges of being LGBTQ+ in a heteronormative environment. The group is designed to facilitate peer support with the assistance of a licensed counselor. The group beginsThursday, September 2nd from 3:30-4:30 in the Health and Wellness Center OR join us virtually at: https://atu.webex.com/meet/craigSupport Group For Learning How To Cope With Abandonment Issues and Fear of Rejection:
This is a support group led by counselor Janis Taylor, LPC. It's for persons who are fearful of being abandoned or rejected. Group members will be provided with the opportunity to explore their emotional experience of fear and anxiety regarding both past and potential rejection and abandonment. Group members will learn how to cope with these fears, address any people-pleasing tendencies, and learn how to establish healthy boundaries in relationships.
This group will meet every Monday from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm beginning Monday, September 20, 2021 through Monday, November 22 in Doc Bryan 180. Potential group members are welcome to contact Janis Taylor at the Health and Wellness Center if they have any questions or concerns.
First Generation Student Support Group:
This is a support group, led by counselor Hunter Bramlitt, for first-generation college students aimed at helping one another face the unique challenges of being the first in your family to attend college. The group will meet every Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:00 pm beginning Wednesday, September 22 to October 27, 2012 at the Health and Wellness Center.
There are no session limits for group counseling and it's free to all students. There is no sign-up required and drop-ins are welcome.
Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be. Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way. See http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/group-therapy.aspx for more information about group counseling.
Workshops and other information sessions include such topics as stress management, test anxiety, depression, sexual assault awareness and prevention, time management, communication skills, and others. Please contact us at 968-0329 if you are interested in arranging a workshop for your group or class. We request that two week's notice is provided for presentation requests. See our schedule by clicking the button below for all outreach programs offered by the Health and Wellness Center.
Off-campus Counseling referrals
ATU Counseling Services focuses on short-term counseling services for students, so we are happy to assist students with finding a longer term or specialized treatment as needed. To help streamline the process of finding a community mental health provider, we offer an online database of local providers: atu.thrivingcampus.com. ThrivingCampus is a search engine of mental health providers and is a resource offered to the campus community. A list of community counseling and psychiatry providers can also be found here. There are also many free pamphlets on mental health issues available in the Health and Wellness Center.
The biofeedback lab is a relaxation space in the Health and Wellness Center designed for students to learn and practice stress management skills. In the lab, there are various resources for students such as biofeedback equipment, meditation CD's and cushions, essential oils, and yoga mats.
The biofeedback equipment allows the students to learn how to consciously monitor, regulate, and change their body's responses to stress. Among its many benefits, biofeedback training is shown to reduce stress, improve concentration, regulate emotions, and increase resiliency. The lab is open to all students and a private session in the lab can be scheduled online, by calling 479-968-0329, or stopping by the Health and Wellness Center. Our staff is available in the Health and Wellness Center to provide a tour and demonstration of the lab if needed. Take a look at our promo video to learn more: