Mental Health Resources
Your college experience can be exciting, but it can also be a stressful time in your life. If you're feeling overwhelmed, or need someone to talk to, our mental health counselor is there for you in a caring Christian environment.
The counseling center does not provide 24-hour coverage. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency and need immediate assistance, call 911, or the crisis numbers listed on the right side of this page.
Available Services for Undergraduates
Concordia's Counseling Center provides a wide array of free services in a confidential and caring Christian environment.
- Short-term counseling (4-6 counseling sessions per semester)
- Consultations of one-two sessions
- Let's Talk program offered twice weekly
- Group counseling to gain skills for common, everyday challenges such as stress, relationships and more.
- We assist you during personal crises and emergencies.
- We can help you find community-based mental health providers and specialists as requested or needed. Community-based services are found in Seward and Lincoln.
Cost of services: All services are provided free of charge to enrolled Concordia students.
Confidentiality: All services are confidential, please see Concordia's confidentiality standards.
Appointment hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Make an appointment
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a web link to complete an appointment request form
- By phone: 402-643-7398
Every Thursday from 2-4 p.m., either virtually or in-person, you will have the opportunity to join Kathleen von Kampen, Concordia's director of counseling services, for a free, confidential, brief consultation. No appointment is necessary! To join virtually, simply click this link during the times listed above. You can also attend in-person at THOM 202A-1. Although there is no set time for consultations, they typically take 15-20 minutes.
Let's Talk is NOT traditional counseling and instead offers a place where you can talk about immediate concerns and receive expert suggestions about solutions and resources, or simply meet someone who listens well and can offer support. No topic is off-limits, but common concerns include:
- career questions
- academic concerns
- family problems
- financial struggles
- relationship concerns, and more
Life is better in community! Concordia's Peer2Peer program is an opportunity to connect with other students in a one-on-one setting or a community group. If you find yourself looking for connection, struggling with different aspects of college life, or wanting to discuss important topics relevant to life’s joys and challenges, join us!
At the counseling office we listen to you with openness and respect. By listening, a counselor can help you identify and deal more effectively with your concerns.
Stress and anxiety
Drug or alcohol problems
And much more…
Graduate and Adult Learner Services
- 1-2 consultation appointments with a university therapist to find appropriate referrals to services in your community
- Educational materials
Fees: Services are provided at no cost to the student
Eligibility: Individual is currently enrolled as a Concordia graduate or Degree Completion Program student
Confidentiality: All services are confidential, please see Concordia's confidentiality standards.
How to Make an Appointment
- By Phone: 402-643-7398
- Students may schedule phone consultations Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Counseling Center recognizes the need for students to have a safe and confidential environment in order to feel comfortable sharing personal information; therefore, no information is shared or exchanged without written consent by the student. Exceptions to the confidentiality policy include state and license mandated law and ethics: if the student reports risk of danger to self or others, if there is suspicion of child or elder abuse, or there is a request made by written subpoena or court order. Counselors may obtain necessary and confidential consultation or supervision with other mental health professionals to ensure quality of care. If you have any additional questions or want to learn more about confidentiality, please contact the Counseling Center.
Some of the common concerns students address in counseling include: adjustment to college, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, family concerns, academic performance, identity exploration, interpersonal relationships and social skill-building, body image, sleep disruption, and stress management (just to name a few!).
Please email email@example.com to receive a link to complete the “Request an Appointment” form. You will then receive an email or a call from the counseling office to help assess urgency and explore options for how the counseling office might best help you. Generally, students are seen within 2-7 days for an initial appointment.
There are no fees for students to visit with a counselor, as they are covered by the cost of tuition.
The Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, and sessions are scheduled during the day around your class schedule. Students needing immediate help may call the center (402-643-7398) or come directly to the office to meet with a therapist for brief counseling and stabilization. Please see the FAQ about urgent needs and crisis for additional information.
The Counseling Center recognizes the need for students to have a safe and confidential environment to feel comfortable sharing personal information; therefore, no information is shared or exchanged without written consent by the student. Exceptions to the confidentiality policy include state and license mandated law and ethics: if the student reports risk of danger to self or others, if there is suspicion of child or elder abuse, or there is a request made by written subpoena or court order. Counselors may obtain necessary and confidential consultation or supervision with other mental health professionals to ensure quality of care. If you have any additional questions or want to learn more about confidentiality, please contact the Counseling Center. All counselors will discuss confidentiality when students are seen for the first appointment.
Most students who seek services at the Counseling Center are seen for brief (4-6 sessions per semester), goal focused counseling. Some students will be referred off campus when they want or have the need for more long-term, specialized, or intensive treatment than campus counseling can provide.
In the case that a student has an urgent need or is in an emergency situation, students may come directly to the Counseling Center (Janzow Campus Center) to meet with a therapist for brief counseling and stabilization. If you have a mental health-related emergency outside of the Counseling Center’s hours, please call 911 immediately and if on campus, you can contact Campus Security at 402-643-3033.
Additional 24/7 Crisis support is available:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (also the Veterans Crisis Hotline)
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- Trevor Project 24/7 Line: 1-866-488-7386
An emergency/crisis experience is individually based, depending on what it feels like for you based on your “normal.” We encourage students to contact the counseling office or come in for an emergency/crisis session if they feel it is indeed one and is needed. We prefer to see you, and please know that you will be seen as soon as a therapist becomes available. Walk to the Student Life Office in Janzow Campus Center and you will be directed with next steps. Some examples of a need for an emergency/crisis counseling session include:
- Imminent suicidal thought and/or a plan
- Imminent homicidal thoughts
- Gross impairment in thinking ability
- Exhibiting bizarre behavior
- Experienced a recent trauma
Most of the time, students feel connected with their therapist. There are times, however, when it may not feel like a good fit. Although it might feel difficult, we believe it is best to speak directly with your therapist first and let them know you would like to change therapists. We do not get angry or offended when students want to change therapists, though we do find it is helpful to talk about the reasons you want to change to figure out how to best suit your needs. If that feels too hard, you may contact Kathleen von Kampen, Director, at 402-643-7398 to proceed.
Attending college is stressful at times! Many students encounter problems that are not easily resolved, or their usual ways of handling problems are not working well for some reason. Counseling can be a helpful means of support to address concerns that may be interfering with a student’s ability to function academically and/or socially.
We offer drop-in consultation appointments via our Let’s Talk program that is available every week on Thursday from 2-4 pm in THOM 202A-1. Check out the link to learn more, and feel free to stop by!
You can encourage your student to email the Counseling Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in case of an emergency, go to the Student Life Office in Janzow Campus Center for immediate services or call Campus Security at 402-643-3033. The Counseling Center does not have the authority to mandate that any student seek our services, and we cannot solicit individuals to seek counseling.
If you are concerned about your child’s wellbeing, please call the Student Life Office at 402-643-7411 and someone will be able to assist your student in getting the support that they need either through the Counseling Center, or other support services on campus.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Blue Valley Behavioral Health Crisis Line
Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to
For Victims of Sexual Misconduct
If you or someone you know may be a victim of rape, date rape, or other sexual assault you are strongly encouraged to seek immediate assistance.
- If you are in an emergency situation, dial 911 (police) or 402-643-3033 (campus security)
- Contact the Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline at 800-876-6238
- Contact the Hope Crisis Center at 877-388-4673
Mental Health Minute
The Mental Health Minute is a blog written by Kathleen von Kampen to help equip you with tools to improve your mental health.
Additional Mental Health Resources
In addition to the services provided by the Counseling Center, there are numerous external resources available to you.