Counseling & Consultation Center

Overview

College is an exciting, but sometimes stressful experience. Like many other students, if you encounter problems that are not easy to solve and find that talking to friends or relatives about your concerns is not helpful or satisfying, the Counseling Center is here for you. Our professionally-trained counselors want to talk with you about concerns like homesickness, difficulty adjusting to new situations, relationship challenges, depression, and more. The Counseling Center also provides preventive programs that can increase awareness and share skills for managing your daily life and school effectively and successfully.

Location & Hours

The Counseling Center is located in the Chapel Building, room C137, and is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (and by appointment) when the Seminary academic schedule allows.

Contact Information

Please contact the Counseling Center office at (217) 732-3168 ext. 2269, email us at counseling@lincolnchristian.edu, or submit a Counseling Referral Request. Please note: Email or the Counseling Referral Request are not appropriate communication avenues for emergency requests; they are checked just once a day during office hours. If you have an emergency, please click here for emergency contact information.

After we receive your request, one of our staff members will respond to you during office hours to schedule your first appointment.

During your first appointment, one of our professionally trained counselors will talk with you to determine the service program that best meets your needs.

Counseling Center services are available to enrolled LCU students for no additional charge.

Services

Initial Assessment

All currently enrolled LCU students are eligible for an initial assessment appointment. During this session, our trained therapists will meet with you to discuss your concerns and collaboratively determine the best course of action for you, based upon your needs. This could include continuing with individual counseling, group counseling, testing and assessment, and/or referral to an outside resource.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling provides you, as the client, the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a therapist who will listen to your concerns (see FAQ link regarding possible areas of concerns) and will work with you collaboratively to determine your goals. You and your therapist will work together to resolve your concern(s). In general, individual counseling may include 4 to 12 sessions of about 50 minutes each. You have the right to continue or terminate the counseling at any time.

Couple’s Counseling

We provide pre-marital and marital counseling to any couples if partners are currently enrolled LCU students. The couple will meet one-on-one with their therapist to determine their specific goals. As with any of our services, you have the right to continue or the choice to end therapy at any time.

Group Counseling

The Student Counseling Center offers a variety of group programs each year. Groups may be coordinated around a common theme and provide both education and support for students who have similar experiences. Past themes have included international student concerns, eating disorders, self-injury, depression, and behavioral addictions. The focus of the groups adjusts each academic year in response to student need.

Assessment Services

LCU's Student Counseling Center is equipped to administer many psychological tests. The primary purpose of testing is to help the counselor and the student define a specific set of goals for therapeutic attention. We also offer assessment for career direction and couple's therapy. Psychological and career testing is available and may include a minimal fee based upon the number and type of assessment measures used.

Psychoeducational & Consultation Services

Student Counseling Center staff and faculty provide consultative and educational services to LCU and the surrounding community through psychoeducational offerings, which include topics such as grief, suicide prevention efforts, substance use, and enhancing relationships. Consultative services are available to students, faculty, staff, and parents of enrolled students. Please contact the Student Counseling Center for details about these offerings.

Staff

The Student Counseling and Consultation Center is staffed by faculty, licensed providers, and student counselors in the Seminary's Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program. Counselors are professionally trained and either hold an appropriate clinical license or are supervised by licensed practitioners. We are invested in your welfare.

Faculty Director

Kim Baldwin, PsyD, LCP, LMFT

Supervisors

Kim M. Baldwin, PsyD, LCP, LMFT
Tara C. Samples, PhD, LCP
C. Nolan Thomas, PhD, DMin, LPC

Student Counselors

During the fall and spring semesters the Counseling Center is staffed by students from the MAC program. Counselors-in-training for the 2015-2016 school year include:

Chunrong Zhao

Kim King

Kristin Romadka

Frequently Asked Questions

What is counseling?

Counseling is a confidential professional relationship that empowers individuals, couples, families, and groups to achieve mental health, wellness, education, spiritual growth, and career goals. The Lincoln Christian University Student Counseling and Consultation Center offers both counseling and preventive programs. These programs are designed to increase awareness and skills for managing and enhancing mental health and well-being.

The Student Counseling Center mission is to support the spiritual, academic, emotional, social, and cultural development of students. Our student-centered programs include counseling, outreach, consultation, training, and educational services. In addition to on-campus services, the Student Counseling Center can facilitate medical and psychiatric referrals, referrals to off-campus therapists, and assessment and testing for various needs. Our goal is to help students address personal challenges and develop the skills, abilities, and knowledge that empowers them to take full advantage of their college experience.

Who can receive services?

All currently enrolled LCU students are welcome at the Student Counseling Center at no additional cost. This includes students enrolled in the School of Undergraduate Studies, the Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies, and Lincoln Christian Seminary.  LCU counseling services are characterized by collegiality, compassion, and concern as we value the dignity and worth of all people in a pluralistic society. The Student Counseling Center fosters and promotes awareness, empathy, and cultural competence within a multicultural environment. Psychological and career testing is available for a minimal cost based upon the number of assessment measures used.

Who can access my counseling records?

All counseling services comply with Illinois state law, as well as American Counseling Association Ethics Code and Standards (2014). LCU Student Counseling Center staff members follow Illinois state law with regards to confidentiality. Apart from federal and state laws concerning reporting procedures, no one outside of the counseling and supervisory team will have access to your information without your signed consent.

What kinds of concerns can I bring to the Student Counseling Center?

The LCU Student Counseling Center provides confidential counseling services for many mental health and college adjustment concerns including:

  • Academic Concerns
  • College Adjustment Difficulties
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Eating Concerns
  • Grief
  • Career Exploration
  • Substance Use / Addiction
  • Behavioral Addictions
  • Pre-marital Counseling
  • Marital Counseling
  • Veteran's Concerns
  • Sexuality Concerns
  • Other mental health, developmental, and individual concerns
What happens when I contact the Student Counseling Center?

When you contact the LCU Student Counseling Center seeking services, one of their staff members will respond to you during the center's office hours (Monday-Friday) to schedule your first appointment.

You will be scheduled to see a staff member for an information gathering appointment about your concerns and to determine which mode of service and/or clinician is the best fit for your situation.

Immediate Assistance

If you require immediate assistance, please make use of the following resources:

  • Call 911
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention hotline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
  • Go to the Emergency Room at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut Drive, Lincoln, IL 62656
  • Contact an RA or Resident Hall Director
  • Talk with a trusted faculty or staff member
  • Contact a counseling center from the list below (Please note: Referral to these sites is not an endorsement by LCU. Engagement in therapy services, as with any medical or mental health treatment, is done at the client's own risk.)

    • Lincoln Pastoral Counseling Services
      1700 North Jefferson Street
      Lincoln, IL 62656
      217.732-6225
    • Heartland Christian Counseling
      1520 E College Avenue #M
      Normal, IL 61761
      309.261.6831
    • Living Hope Counseling Center
      3000 Lenhart Road
      Springfield, IL 62711-9203
      217.698.7150
    • Christian Psychological Associates
      3716 West Brighton Avenue
      Peoria, IL 61615-2938
      309.692.7755
    • Decatur Psychological Associates
      3040 N University Ave #2
      Decatur, IL 62526-1393
      217.872.1700