While you are in college you are continuing the developmental process of moving from adolescence into young adulthood. This can be a challenging and constantly changing time for you, and as a result, counseling services strive to provide quality mental health treatment and support to students in times of need.
All full- and part-time undergraduate students enrolled in the university are eligible for counseling services. Enrolled graduate students on all campuses are eligible for basic intake services; however, face-to-face counseling is somewhat limited due to travel to and from the different campuses.
Counseling often involves the disclosure of personal information. State laws and professional ethical codes dictate that the information discussed during the counseling session will be strictly confidential if you are 18 years of age or older. The counseling records are not kept as part of your academic or administrative records.
Furthermore, the fact that you have used our services, and the information that you share in counseling will not be disclosed to university officials, faculty, staff, parents, outside agencies or anyone else without your written permission.
Types of Services
Individual and couples counseling (as long as both individuals in the couple are students) is available to all current Lenoir-Rhyne undergraduate and graduate students. Counseling center staff and graduate-level interns can work with students on a wide variety of issues.
Counseling services are available on all LR campuses. Face-to-face counseling services are available on the Hickory campus and face-to-face and teletherapy are available to students on the Asheville with Jennifer Drum and Columbia with Jenny Smith campuses.
Therapist Assisted Online
Therapist Assisted Online is an interactive program that provides students with therapy assistance online, as an additional resource to Counseling Services. There are self-help groups students can enroll in, as well as a large number of topics that students can utilize to help support their own emotional wellness and personal growth.
Counselors, as well as, other appropriate staff or community resources assist students in times of crisis or other emotional difficulties. If you are in need of an immediate appointment, during regular office hours, contact us.
If you are in crisis and unable to reach one of our Counseling Center staff, please contact our administrative assistant, Kylie Hutchinson at 828.328.7959.
If you are in crisis after hours you may contact Catawba County Mental Health's Mobile Crisis Unit at 877.327.2593.
Students who require additional support or specialized help will be referred to local resources. The Counseling Center has information for mental health providers in the Hickory, Asheville, and Columbia, SC areas. Off-campus costs are the responsibility of the students.
Counseling Services Staff
Jenny Smith, EdS, LCSW-S, LISW
Associate Dean of Students
Director of Counseling Services
Sarah Chase, MA, LCMHCA
Mental Health Therapist
Kellie Medley, MA, LCMHC, LCAS-A
Michael Spivey, MA, LCMHC, NCC
Assistant Director of Counseling Services