Improve and enhance your wellbeing
The University Counseling Center (UCC) works to support the development of and enhance the wellbeing of students through quality clinical services, crisis intervention, preventative mental health initiatives and access to community resources. The UCC accomplishes this mission by providing services and resources that respect the privacy, dignity and diverse backgrounds of each individual. All UCC services are free of charge and available to currently enrolled Lipscomb University students only.
Request initial consultation
Counseling services are provided at no cost to currently enrolled Lipscomb University students in most cases (determined upon initial consultation). In order to request a consultation appointment, use the request for initial consultation form.
Lipscomb UCC Consultation Request Form
Prepare for your first visit
If you have never been to a counseling session, the prospect of setting your first appointment may be intimidating or overwhelming. It’s completely normal to feel that way. Rest assured our first priority is to make you feel relaxed, comfortable and welcomed. At the end of the initial meeting, you and your counselor will determine the best next course of action.
We want to ensure you have the level of care you need. You may benefit from services that extend beyond the short-term model offered at the UCC. In these cases, a referral may be made after an initial meeting or as these factors become more apparent during the course of working with a UCC clinician.
Some of the issues that are commonly addressed through referral to community providers include:
- A need, or request, to be seen more than once a week
- A desire for uninterrupted, long-term therapy with the same counselor
- Some complex and/or chronic mental health conditions
- Presence of significant drug and/or alcohol problems
- Presence of significant eating disorders
- Psychological evaluations or testing
- To obtain documentation for ADA accommodations
Individual counseling typically occurs weekly, for 50-60 min, but can be less frequent according to need. The UCC is a training center for the graduate counseling master’s program. The center generally supervises 20-30 counseling interns and post-graduate counselors who provide most of the individual counseling to the campus at large. The counseling interns are supervised by Andrea Mills, (Director), Ashley Dumas (Assistant Director) and Jeremy King (Clinical Supervisor) throughout each semester.
Want to meet with someone about a referral to a specialist or community provider? Our case manager can help you find the resources that fit your needs.
Let us come to you!
The UCC and Office of Student Wellbeing welcome every opportunity to increase awareness around mental health concerns and take a proactive stance about wellness. Interested in having us come speak to your group? Fill out the form to submit a request.
Speaker Request Form
The UCC offers a variety of groups each semester. Details will be posted in Have you Herd before groups begin.
Want to talk to someone, but unsure about counseling?
Let’s Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal conversations with a UCC counselor. In these conversations, the counselor can offer support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.
Let’s Talk is not considered nor is it a substitute for traditional therapy.
How is Let’s Talk different from a regular counseling session at the UCC?
- It’s a brief conversation (approximately 15 minutes).
- No appointment is necessary.
- You will be discussing a specific topic that does not necessarily require weekly follow-up
Who should consider a Let’s Talk conversation?
- Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor.
- Students who have a specific problem and would like some quick tips to help manage.
- Students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.
Are Let’s Talk conversations confidential?
- Conversations with Let’s Talk counselors are confidential, with a few, very rare exceptions. Counselors may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Counselors are required by law to report when a minor or dependent adult is being abused. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a Let’s Talk counselor.
Where can I find Let’s Talk locations and times?
- Let’s Talk locations and times vary each semester. Current information is posted in Have You Heard.
I think I may be a better fit for regular counseling- where do I start?
- Instructions for scheduling an appointment online and further information about the services and support the UCC offers can be found on the counseling center webpage
The Let’s Talk program at Lipscomb University is based in part on the Let’s Talk program at Cornell University.
The UCC is open for crisis walk-in appointments for students who are at risk of harming themselves or others. Crisis appointments are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8-5.
- Anxiety and Panic
- Grief and Loss
TimelyCare provides free, virtual mental health support. Services include scheduled counseling, yoga and meditation, and an urgent mental health care line, which is accessible 24/7. All Lipscomb students can access these services from anywhere in the U.S. by downloading the TimelyCare app and signing in using their MyLipscomb log-in information.
The University Counseling Center, under the direction of Andrea Mills, LPC/MHSP-S, is located on the second floor of the Student Activities Center.
1.800.333.4358 ext. 1781. (toll free)
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you need assistant when the Counseling Center is closed, speak with your head resident or resident assistant if you live on campus.
Campus Security: 615.966.7600
24/7 Mobile Crisis Unit: 855.CRISIS.1
National Suicide Prevention Line: 988
Crisis Text Line: Text "Start" to 741-741
Immediate help: Call 911.