Many people find help by talking to their friends, family, or faculty and staff in their university. There are times though, when students may feel overwhelmed or stressed out by the obstacles ahead. When you feel your own efforts and personal resources are not enough to manage your life or reduce your stress, counseling is a useful resource. The services are available to all undergraduate and graduate students. We attempt to help with a variety of concerns related to personal, emotional, developmental, social, and academic issues or refer you to other services outside of the university community.
To make an appointment or get more information regarding counseling services, fill out the counseling form or call +370 650 97297 in case of a psychological emergency. We try to accommodate all personal and academic commitments, but the more flexible you can be in terms of availability, the more likely you are to be seen sooner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do students come to counseling?
There are times in our lives that we may be temporarily “stuck” in working out a problem. During these times, it can be helpful to have another person listen and help us talk through the problem. Some of the reasons LCC students come to see us include: feeling depressed or anxious, friend or family concerns or conflicts, academic stress, self-esteem issues, relationship struggles or break-ups, eating and body image concerns, insomnia, difficulty focusing or concentrating, loss/grief, self-harming thoughts or behaviors, chronic illnesses and other life challenges.
Students seeking counseling may have a variety of other individual reasons as well. All concerns and questions are welcome to be voiced and discussed.
Is it confidential?
Yes! We take confidentiality seriously! We recognize that a safe and confidential space is important for the counseling relationship. Your information will not be shared with your professors, with the Residence Life staff, your parents or with anyone else without your consent.
The only exception to confidentiality is if the counselor believes a student’s life or health is in danger or there is a risk of someone else’s safety. If you have questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to speak to the counselor about your concerns.
We also recognize that LCC is a small campus and we may see each other outside of the counseling session. In those instances, we will not mention the counseling sessions, but treat you with the anonymity that you desire.
What is the cost?
There is no cost for LCC students.
How do I make an appointment?
You can fill out the counseling form here, which is sent directly to the counselor. The counselor will then send you an email to set up an appointment. Typically an appointment is 45 to 50 minutes.
What happens during counseling?
We view counseling as a partnership. This means that we want to help you set goals and help you develop the skills for creating your own solutions. Our desire is to help you develop resilience, which is the ability to “bounce back” and grow in the midst of difficulty. According to the American Psychological Association, there are 4 components of resilience. The first is to have relationships with understanding people. Next is the practice of wellness, which includes taking care of your body and avoiding masking pain with things like alcohol and drugs. Finding meaning through purpose is also important to thrive in challenging circumstances. Finally, developing healthy thoughts is crucial; after all, our outlook and perspective matter! (Building your resilience (apa.org)
What if I need to cancel?
Counseling services are in demand, so please respect yourself and the counselor’s time by keeping your appointment. If you are unable to keep the appointment, please email your counselor 24 hours in advance. This will allow the counselor to give that hour to another student.
We are available for consultations if you are concerned about a friend who may need help. During this consultation, it is not necessary to reveal the identity of your friend.
“It is a privilege to be a trusted older friend”
I began counseling in 1997 in California, US. There I graduated with a Master’s degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling. I have worked with school children and addicted individuals in the US; I later taught undergraduate classes in the Social Sciences department and led seminars on a variety of topics in Lithuania. For about a decade I volunteered and helped train couples in a family center in Klaipėda.
I have been counseling LCC students since 2001. I see many students who want to learn more about themselves, become more independent, find their own passion and place in the university as well as in their bigger journey beyond their years of studying. It is a privilege to be a trusted older friend. My passion is to nurture individual students and through that contribute to a safer and more caring community.
Areas of interest include depression, personality assessments, cultural diversity and ethnic dimensions in understanding of psychological well-being, individual counseling with college students, relationship counseling, grief and grief counseling, trauma and trauma counseling, inclusive community care, multicultural community.
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“Counseling as a shared journey”
Hello! I am a licensed professional counselor in the U.S. I have been here at LCC International University since 2015. I graduated with a master’s degree in counseling. Since then, I have worked with university students in a variety of capacities: in Residence Life, teaching undergraduate psychology classes and counseling in private practice. What I love the most is walking alongside university students, both literally and figuratively, through the joys and challenges of life. I love the image of counseling as a shared journey; we all need a safe listening ear and an encouraging presence as we sort out options and move forward in the journey of life.
My areas of counseling focus include depression, anxiety, relational struggles, body image, academic performance, boundaries, cognitive behavioral therapy.
“An honor to journey with you”
I’m originally from Denver, Colorado in the USA but I spent over a decade living in the Netherlands. Living in another culture has forever shaped the way I see the world. My experiences abroad have allowed me to encounter and journey alongside people in many different realms of society. While I’ve been exposed to trauma, grief and loss, I’ve also seen so much beauty through the women and men I’ve met from all over the world.
It wasn’t until my own experience of relational trauma and deep loss that I came to understand firsthand, the power of presence. Having a witness in the midst of such darkness gave me enough light to continue forward. In one of the most difficult seasons of my life, I came to discover my life purpose: to be a seeker of Shalom (peace, wholeness, harmony) with God, with the community around me and with myself.
I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling and specialize in trauma informed care narrative therapy as well as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). There is no need to come to counseling only if you have ’serious problems’… It would be an honor to be a witness to your story and journey with you wherever you are at.
If you are in a severe or life-threatening situation, or you know someone who is, immediately call Emergency #112. For severe psychological crises you must also inform Student Counselor Ina Kamaityte +370 650 97297.
Free, Confidential emotional support in Lithuania:
Emotional support line through the pandemic
- 24-hour support 8 800 28888
- Chat option: Mondays – Saturdays 6 – 10 p.m. jaunimolinija.lt
Off-campus psychological referrals
We are able to provide referrals for mental health services off-campus. Please note that there are costs associated with these services.
- Klaipeda Mental Health Center (Klaipedos psichikos sveikatos centras, kpsc.lt)8 (46) 41 00 27 Please note that for Lithuanian citizens, SODRA (the national insurance) does cover the costs; however, for foreign students there is a cost for services. There is a 3-step process which typically involves one initial meeting with a psychiatrist, an additional appointment for psychological testing and assessment with a psychologist, and one more appointment with the same psychiatrist. In order to receive the best professional help and treatment we strongly encourage you to participate in the whole process.
Free, Confidential emotional support online
- Anonymous online chat with trained active listeners
- HearMe anonymously connects you with an empathetic listener in under a minute, 24 hours a day – for free.
- Helpful resources for students in Lithuanian. English, Russian and Polish available on how to find help
Self-help for students
There are many ways to strengthen your emotional health by using online resources. Often wellness begins with an understanding of our own experiences. There are several online anonymous screenings that can be helpful in recognizing what you may be going through. Please note that these screenings are NOT substitutes for a careful assessment and diagnosis done by a mental health professional. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with your doctor or a mental health professional if these symptoms are interfering with your daily life.
- General screenings for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, eating disorders, addictions and others available at Mental health screenings and https://www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org/
- Articles on stress and stress assessment: Surviving stress and anxiety in University
- Online assessment for disordered eating: Eating attitudes test
- There are also many apps available to help track and implement healthy habits related to emotional and mental health.
Apps for anxiety, stress management, mindfulness
- Breathing Zone: This app provides guided breathing exercises Google Play.
- CBT-i Coach: A structured program to help improve sleep and alleviate the symptoms of insomnia Google Play or App Store.
- Mindshift: Based on Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies, this app helps you relax, utilize more effective ways of thinking and take charge of your anxiety Google store.
- Moodnotes: A tool to help you track your mood, become aware of thinking traps and grow in well-being. Based on the principles of CBT App Store.
- Headspace: A tool that includes guided meditations and mindfulness techniques to help you relax and gain anxiety relief App Store, Google Play.
- Sanvello: an app for stress, anxiety and depression, based on CBT App Store, Google Play.
- Smiling minds: meditation app App Store, Google Play.
- Stop Breathe and Think: a mindfulness app that provides guided relaxation and breathing exercises to help you de-stress and lower anxiety Google Play.
- Virtual Hope Box: an app that provides you with tools to cope, relax, distract or inspire when facing stress or anxiety App Store, Google Play.
Apps for depression
- Moodnotes: a tool to help you track your mood, become aware of thinking traps and grow in well-being. Based on the principles of CBT App Store.
- Sanvello: an app for stress, anxiety and depression, based on CBT App Store or Google Play.
- Virtual Hope Box: an app that gives provides you with tools to cope, relax, distract or inspire when facing stress or anxiety or depression App Store, Google Play.
Other mental health information
- Daylio: diary, journal, mood and activity tracker App Store Google Play.