By Phillip Lentsch–
After a few delays, the University Counseling Center is almost ready to move to its new location next to Campus Health by the baseball stadium.
The center is still operating from its offices in the Student Services Annex next to the SAC while the last bit of renovations are being completed.
“The main objective of the University Counseling Center is to ensure the psychological well-being and safety of our students here at U of L,” said Aesha Tyler, the center’s director. “This change in location gives the Counseling Center not only the ability for more space and staff for hire, but a more visible presence on campus as well.”
Better parking, additional office space, an updated waiting room and a new conference/group therapy room are all included in the new space. These improvements, Tyler believes, will make it easier for students to benefit from the Counseling Center’s services by providing them with a plethora of options to choose from.
Some of the measures the Counseling Center takes for securing the mental health of its students include individual or group counseling sessions, crisis intervention and psychological testing.
“Our students’ health is the primary goal,” said Tyler. “By helping them in any way we can, that ultimately secures a positive experience for them in school and life and keeps our student retention rate steady.”
“Our former Provost Shirley Willihnganz was a big supporter of this switch to Campus Health,” said Tyler. “We are confident that this new location will allow us to continue to help students with their problems and broaden our influence throughout campus.”