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 currently enrolled LCC students.
How do I make an appointment?
You can fill out the counseling form here, which is sent directly to the counselor. You can mark all or any counselors as your preference in the counseling request form, but the counselor who will reach out to you may not always be the one you initially requested. Counselors’ availability and workload will determine which staff member will contact you. The counselor will then send you an email to set up an appointment. Due to current high demand for services, if we do not hear back from you in 1 workday, your appointment time may be given to another student. Typically an appointment is 45 to 50 minutes.
What can I expect my first session?
The first session is a time for your counselor to gain a better understanding of your life and where you feel stuck. You will together with the counselor talk through goals and make a plan for the improvement of your situation. The expectation is that you will continue to meet with that counselor until your goals are met.
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)
Research shows that people engaged in counseling services show the most improvement when they actively participate outside of sessions in their own growth and change process. Thus, we expect you to work on the goals and skills outside of the counseling session through different “homework” tasks.
Counseling sessions may be weekly, biweekly or monthly based on your needs and the counselor’s availability. After 6 sessions, you and the counselor will evaluate the progress made towards your goals.
What if I am late?
Being late will result in a shorter counseling session.
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.
Due to high demand for counseling services, failure to show up for 2 appointments, without communication, will result in losing counseling opportunities for the given semester, unless it is a psychological emergency.
What if I want to change counselors?
If you are dissatisfied with your counselor, please start by talking with your counselor to talk through your dissatisfactions and other options. Just disappearing from sessions is not a healthy way to terminate therapy.
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.
Neumann East 107
“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:
Website describing emotional support, self-help resources and helplines in Lithuania
This includes help options in the Russian language:
- 24-hour support 8 800 28888
- Chat option: Daily 6 – 10 p.m. jaunimolinija.lt
- 24-hour support 8 800 66366
- Chat option daily 5 – 10 p.m.
Don’t be alone men’s helpline
- 6 – 9 p.m. +370 604 11119
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chat option Monday-Friday 6-9 p.m.
- Website: nelikvienas.lt
Linija Doverija | helpline for RU speakers
- 4 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays
- 8 800 77277
Psychological Help in Russian
Russian speaking students can call 1809 or +370 664 65792 and receive support in Russian Mondays – Fridays 6 – 9 pm and Saturdays/Sundays 12 – 3 pm. When dialing 1809, next press number 2 and you will get connected with the helpine for Russian speakers.
People who are experiencing difficulties due to the war in Ukraine or are war refugees in Lithuania can receive free psychological help. To register for online video counseling:
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.
- More than 70 qualified mental health specialists are available for online counseling here: https://www.pasikalbek.lt First time 20-min sessions are always free. All next sessions will cost 40 eur per 50 min session
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
Ways you can care for your mental health today!
Habits that strengthen mental health
- Actively engage in practices that support your mental wellbeing. This may include using your coping skills toolbox. Be intentional and take time to do things for fun.
- Eat regular meals throughout the day. Fuel your body with healthy food.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night, with a consistent bedtime routine. Practice good sleep hygiene.
- Move your body every day, whether through stretching, dancing, walking or going to the gym.
- Spend time in nature. Studies show that time spent outside restores and improves our cognitive abilities, decreases our stress levels and increases positive emotions. Even 2 hours a week makes a difference!
- Engage in prayer and/or meditation.
- Avoid activities that lead to numbing, whether that is social media scrolling or substance misuse. Here is a list of activities that ground you and are helpful in helping you pay attention to what you may need in this moment.
Relationships that support mental health
- Spend time with people who are life-giving and encouraging, including in face-to-face interactions, each day.
- If you are living with others, find ways to communicate openly about expectations. Also be sure to have fun times together as a way to develop a positive environment.
- Talk with a peer support coach or a counselor, when you need additional support.
- Help someone else! Studies show that reaching out to others helps improve our own mood. Volunteer for a cause you believe it or simply smile at others. Don’t forget to set healthy boundaries along the way.
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.