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      The Counseling Center at Lynn University is committed to providing a variety of mental health and substance abuse programs and services dealing with emotional, psychological, behavioral and social issues. The intention of all services is to promote positive mental health. Lynn’s Counseling Center is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc., an Alexandria, Virginia based organization of United States, Canadian and Australian counseling agencies. The center was evaluated by IACS against high standards of counseling practice and was found to offer competent and reliable professional services to its clientele. Approval by IACS is also dependent upon evidence of continuing professional development as well as demonstration of excellence of counseling performance.

Why do students attend counseling?

Students consult with the Lynn Counseling Center for a wide range of concerns which include adjustment difficulties, problems in relationships, situational crises, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or substance abuse.

What we do

• Counseling Center services are free of charge to all registered students.
• Individual and group therapy sessions are available on a weekly basis.
• Issues dealt with in the Counseling Center include but are not limited to: depression, stress/anxiety, relationships, alcohol and drug abuse, emotional support, family issues, eating disorders.
• Off-campus referrals for local treatment providers are available to any client who would be more appropriately served by other specialized and/or intensive mental health services.
• Psychiatric evaluations for medication may be arranged on campus, for students receiving on-campus counseling services, or be directed to qualified, off-campus, private practitioners.
• Psycho-education events are provided to the campus community.
• Alcohol and other drug education, prevention, assessment, counseling and referrals are provided.
• An on-campus student internship is offered each semester.
• Evaluation of prevention education programs is conducted in conjunction with faculty and other campus departments.

Group Counseling

In group counseling, a small number of people meet together with one or two of our counselors to help themselves and one another. Joining a group provides opportunities to learn with and from other people, to understand one's own patterns of thought and behavior and those of others, and to perceive how group members react to one another. You'll meet and interact with people, and the whole group learns to work on shared problems. You learn that perhaps you're not as different as you think, or that you're not alone.  Group counseling helps people make significant changes so they feel better about the quality of their lives.  If you would like to join a group, please call 561-237-7237.

Current Groups:

• Friend Link: A weekly group where students have the opportunity to increase their communication skills and interact socially in a comfortable, confidential and supportive environment.

• Students in Recovery -  A weekly alcohol and drug recovery support group geared toward relapse prevention for students who are either beginning or in recovery.

Contact us

Location:  E. M. Lynn Residence Center (first floor, south east corner) 
Office hours:  Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Counseling Center main phone: 561-237-7237
You may also contact any of the therapists directly:

Director, Nicole Ovedia, LCSW,   
Sandy Whitmer, LMHC,               

Gail DeCina, LCSW, CAP,            
Kelly Farrell, LMHC,                   

Administrative Assistant, Ida Yung,