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.
For the foreseeable future, all counseling will be conducted online, and these services are considered tele-mental health services. Students who are taking all of their classes online and live over 30 miles away are eligible to be screened for technology-assisted counseling. Students who meet the criteria should call 479-968-0329 to schedule a screening appointment and for more information.
A variety of virtual groups will be offered each semester and all students are welcome to participate. Students may attend an unlimited number of group sessions.
Groups for Spring 2021:
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. We will meet virtually every Thursday from 3-4 pm starting on January 21 at the following link: LGBTQ+ Virtual Group Room.Coronavirus Conversations Group:During these times of rapid change and uncertainty, we are all having to make difficult adjustments to a "new normal." We recognize the unique challenges that our students are facing, and we feel it is important to offer you a way to maintain healthy connections and a sense of community as you navigate these changes. We invite you to join us for a weekly support group about how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting you (big or small), as well as effective skills and strategies to help you cope. This is a busy time, so feel free to drop in for as long as you can. We will meet virtually on Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. starting on January 19. We are here to support you, so you can continue to #FightOn!Led by counselor Leann Watson and counselor intern Emily Lyman: Coronavirus Conversations Virtual Support Group Room
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.
This semester, virtual workshops and programs will be provided, including 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 virtual 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 and Resources
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. There are also many free pamphlets on mental health issues available in the Health and Wellness Center.
UNFORTUNATELY THE BIOFEEDBACK LAB IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES. 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: