By TAYLOR GIBSON
The University has established a new counseling center on campus that provides students free sessions with trained counselors.
This service, provided through a partnership with Houston’s First Baptist Church, is available 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Thursday in the Lake House 102 A.
A service previously offered on campus, Student Life had the idea to re-establish counseling to better accommodate students’ needs. David Hao, associate dean of student success, said the new center is a movement to improve student’s well being.
“As we think about holistic learning, it is a better way to serve our students,” Hao said. “Whether it is to have a listening ear or someone to talk to, students will have access to a professional who can help them deal with various issues they may face.”
Mark Endraske, director of residence life, said the counseling service is a great addition to campus living.
“We have had students ask for counseling and we have experienced situations where we thought it was important to have a trained professional to talk students through their issues,” Endraske said. “Having a counseling center available will further help students succeed.”
Master of Arts in psychology graduate student, Nevate Ryan Bailey, said she believes the new service will assist students through the tough decisions they have to make related to balancing their coursework.
“I think that students can truly benefit from having someone to give them strategies on how to deal with life’s challenges,” Bailey said. “Counseling also allows students to deal with areas outside of the classroom so they can focus on their studies and succeed.”
The counseling center is located beside the health center in the Lake House is open while classes are in session.
Scheduling an appointment is preferred, but counselors will accept a limited amount of walk-ins if available.
Students can schedule appointments by calling 713-335-6461 or by going to the Lake House front desk.