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Counseling Services at Lynn University provides mental health and substance abuse assistance for students dealing with emotional, psychological, behavioral and social issues. These services are available to currently enrolled students. Concerns or issues, requiring longer-term therapy or specialization, may be referred to community resources. All services and records are strictly confidential, except where specified by law, such as if you are at risk of harm to yourself or others, or involved in child or elder abuse. If you are under the age of 18, we will discuss the boundaries of confidentiality, as they apply to you, during our first contact.  Lynn University Counseling Services is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.

                                         

If you are experiencing an EMERGENCY:

  • Call 911
  • Call Campus Safety at 561-237-7226
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • Trevor Project 24 hour Crisis Line for LGBTQ 866-488-7386
  • Crisis Text Line (Counselors are not Lynn University Counselors) Text HOME to 741741 https://www.crisistextline.org/ 

What if I am concerned about a friend?

You can schedule a time to talk to a therapist about your concern or you can submit an anonymous concern online Concerned Person Report form. 

 

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Emotional Support Animals are not allowed in this office suite, or any other campus buildings, except to enter or exit the owner's residence.
 
Current hours of operation:   Monday-Thursday 8:00am-7:00pm, Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Contact Information:              561-237-7237

Email:                                      CounselingServices@lynn.edu

Appointments, click here:      REQUEST FOR APPOINTMENT  

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STAFF 

Debra Futterman, LCSW
Executive Director, Student Health & Wellness
dfutterman@lynn.edu
561-237-7140

Sandy Whitmer, LMHC
Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Licensed Psychotherapist
swhitmer@lynn.edu
561-237-7956

Arlene Faranda, ARNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
afaranda@lynn.edu

Ida Yung
Administrative Assistant
iyung@lynn.edu
561-237-7237

Gail DeCina, LCSW, CAP
Licensed Psychotherapist
gdecina@lynn.edu
561-237-7468

Kelly Patrick, LMHC
Licensed Psychotherapist
kpatrick@lynn.edu
561-237-7121

 

   - Consultation Appointment (to discuss services or obtain information).
   - Initial  assessment (determines mental health needs, providing referrals for on and/or off campus services).
   - Individual Therapy (one-on-one counseling).
   - Psycho-education (one-on-one education session to learn more about a variety of mental health and substance abuse concerns).

 In order to have a positive outcome, it is important to attend sessions regularly and try to apply what you have gleaned from sessions, in your life outside of sessions. There are times when you may feel you are making great strides and other times when you feel you are at a standstill; this is normal in the therapy process.

Group therapy is a way for students to work through concerns with the help of other students and a trained facilitator. in a safe place, to talk about concerns and learn new ways to interact and learn from other students. The counselor develops a safe, trusting and confidential space for all students to feel comfortable sharing.

Some groups are therapeutic (confidential and typically based on a common topic like anxiety, depression, or identity concerns). Therapeutic support groups are people with common experiences providing each other with encouragement and advice. Non-therapeutic groups address a variety of psycho-educational topics in an open setting, such as learning skills on how to getting along with others, making decisions and solving problems.
- Evaluations and or medication management.
- Available for students currently working with a therapist from the Lynn University Counseling Services
- The Counseling Services team will determine if on-campus Psychiatric Services are appropriate for you and will provide off-campus referrals when indicated.

 

  • Depression and anxiety Adjustment to college life
  • Interpersonal/relationship difficulties Family conflict;
  • Issues pertaining to sexuality Identity development/diversity
  • Eating behaviors and body image Management of emotions
  • Alcohol and substance use, relapse prevention Trauma/assault;
  • Personal growth and development,
  • Adjustment to college life,
  • Family conflict,
  • Identity development/diversity,
  • Management of emotions,
  • Trauma/assault
 

  • Chronic suicidality and/or self-injury behaviors; history of repeated suicide attempts;
  • Indication that short-term therapy may be detrimental or non-beneficial;
  • Evidence or risk of progressive deterioration in mental or emotional functioning, requiring intensive intervention;
  • Presence of psychotic symptoms without willingness to remain on medication for stabilization;
  • Presence of significant drug and/or alcohol problems such as current substance dependence, primary substance abuse, and/or past failed treatments;
  • Presence of significant or long-standing eating disorder with no period of remission, no previous treatment, or that may pose a medical danger;
  • Treatment for physically or sexually aggressive or inappropriate behavior.
 
Students whose needs fall outside the scope of services and/or have scheduling needs that fall outside of staff availability are generally referred to community resources.

ULifeline:   Online resource for college mental health:An anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention
 
Online Screening   Complete a self-assessment to learn telling insights about your current state of mind.
 
The Jed Foundation  -  An anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention.
 
 
Virtual Bar - A fun tool for learning about drinking in a low risk manner.
 
Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test - Self-Assessment about your drinking patterns- is it Use? Abuse? Addiction?
 
NAWS: Find a meeting
 
Addiction Test - MHA Screening (mhanational.org) - What Peer Educators and Resident Advisors (RAs) Need to Know About College Drinking www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism National Institutes of Health U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES https://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/media/FINALPeer.pdf

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