Lakeland University Counseling Services

COVID-19 update:

Our counselors Alex and Amanda are still available to offer various levels of support to our students, depending on location. We are now offering both in-person appointments (with masks) and virtual appointments. Please check the Counseling Services page on my.Lakeland for more details, or click the 'Learn More' link below.

We are unable to provide traditional counseling to Kellett School students, but they can utilize the new LUSI peer program (Lakeland University Support Initiative: see below for details)

Lakeland University Counseling Information

Students are encouraged to access the Counseling Center with any concern, however small or large it may seem. Generally speaking, the sooner a situation is discussed the better, even if the student is unsure whether or not the situation is "a real problem." We respect students’ rights to privacy and we strive to respect and understand their unique background and beliefs.

Counseling Services at Lakeland University

Counseling Services

Schedule a Visit

Campus counselors are available by appointment during the following hours (hours during breaks may vary):

Alex Liosatos LPC, Center Director: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you have any questions about the Counseling Center, please email liosatosa@lakeland.edu or call 920-565-1034 ext. 2388.

Amanda Groll MA, LPC-IT, Campus Counselor: Thursdays and Fridays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; other days and times can sometimes be accommodated. If you have any questions, please email grolla@lakeland.edu or call 920-565-1034 ext. 2387.

To make an appointment with a counselor please email counselingcenter@lakeland.edu or call 920-565-1034.

Reach Out

Why Talk With a Counselor?

  • I'm feeling really stressed out.
  • I don't seem to know what I want.
  • I get depressed a lot.
  • I'm thinking of quitting school.
  • There are problems in my family.
  • I'm having trouble with a relationship.
  • I'm just not happy.
  • I've been assaulted recently or in the past.
  • I'm having trouble concentrating on my studies.
  • I really get up-tight about tests, speeches, math, etc.
  • Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by everything.
  • I'm concerned about my eating/my friend's eating patterns.
  • I need to talk about something that has happened to me.
  • I'm concerned about my drinking/my friend's drinking.

NEW! LUSI program for Kellett students

LUSI (Lakeland University Support Initiative) is our new peer support program in collaboration with the Master of Arts in Counseling graduate program. A LUSI peer support provider (PSP) can offer virtual peer support sessions to Kellett School students confidentially, and at no cost. You can talk over your worries, and obtain referrals as needed. The PSPs can provide up to three video/phone calls (up to 45 minutes) per student concern. Please note that this is not a clinical counseling service but an extra level of real-person connection where you can talk about your stressors and needs and get help with next steps should you need them. Whether you feel like you are struggling with studying at home or online, struggling with managing your courses, or you feel stressed, lonely and/or isolated, a LUSI support provider would be happy to connect with you. We use a secure clinical video platform called doxy.me, or we can connect by phone. For more information about LUSI, or to get connect with a PSP, please contact Alex: 920-565-1034 ext. 2388 or email Liosatosa@lakeland.edu

Self screenings

The link below will take you to a menu of four screenings that you can do by yourself: for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Note that we do not monitor this data, though there's an option to send data to the counseling center anonymously. Screenings are just a snapshot of your current symptoms and are not a diagnostic tool. If you wish to discuss or explore the results you can contact the counseling center to make an appointment or get help with a referral.

Additional Services

We also offer:

In addition to counseling, the Center offers the following services:

  • Psychological testing
  • Consultation
  • Resource information
  • Workshops and programs
  • Referrals

Meet our Counselors

I have worked at Lakeland University since 2012: as an adjunct instructor, a campus counselor and intern supervisor, and since 2018, as the Director of the Health and Counseling Center. I graduated from the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program at Lakeland University in 2010. I also have an undergraduate degree (BScEcon) from the University of Wales (UK) and a Master's in International Affairs (MAIA) from Ohio University.

My counseling approach is holistic, whereby mind, body, and spirit are considered essential to the healing process. I often include techniques and strategies from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and incorporate mindfulness practices to promote self-awareness and self-knowledge. I specialize in anxiety disorders, stress management, depression, spiritual issues (religious and secular), and adjustment disorders. I'm also a yoga teacher (RYT-200) and have a certification in Life Force Yoga which integrates yoga/breathing techniques and mood management.

On a personal note, I've lived in the United States for more than 20 years but I originate from the UK. I still enjoy traveling, and meeting people from all walks of life. I also enjoy reading, doing yoga, and spending time with friends and family.

I'm available from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

As a former Graduate Assistant and alumnus of Lakeland, I am excited to be back in the role of campus counselor. While I’m from northern Wisconsin, I’ve called many places home: I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at UW-Milwaukee, spent a year in England working for Sheffield University, came to Lakeland University in 2013 to complete my first Masters of Arts in Counseling degree (Higher Education), and returned in 2018 to complete a second emphasis (Clinical Mental Health). I also work at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center to meet needs of acute mental health crises in the emergency department and have also provided counseling services at a private practice.

Working with me, you will be met with an open mind, a positive, non-judgmental attitude, and an energetic, detail-oriented ally who will support your self-identified needs. Areas of passion include depression, anxiety, career issues/coaching, grief/loss, and trauma. I have additional professional experience with working with individuals who have experienced interpersonal violence.

To make an appointment you can email or call me: grolla@lakeland.edu or 920-565-1034 ext. 2387. I’m available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; other days and times can sometimes be accommodated.

Lakeland University counseling center policies and procedures

View the PDF: Lakeland University counseling center policies and procedures

Local Resources

ServicePhone Number
Mental Health America of Sheboygan920-458-3951
Department of Health and Human Services920-459-6400
Catholic Charities920-458-5726
Lutheran Social Services920-458-4161
Aurora Behavioral Health Services (Sheboygan Clinic)920-457-4461
Prevea Behavioral Care Health920-458-5557
Domestic Violence Crisis Center920-452-7640 or 1-800-499-7640

Mental Health Resources: Hotlines, Helplines, and Hubs

24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-877-273-TALK (8255)

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

info@nami.org

Peer counseling services 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

NAMI education, advocacy and support for individual and families affected by mental illness.

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

www.crisistextline.org

24-hour staffed text line. Free crisis counseling.

Optum Free Help Line: 866-342-6892

Optum, a health and behavioral health services company, is offering a free emotional support help line, 24/7, “for as long as necessary” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Specially-trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.

Along with the toll-free help line, emotional-support resources and information are available online at www.liveandworkwell.com.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
(800) 662-HELP (4357)
www.samhsa.gov

The Trevor Project :1-866-488-7386

https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/

Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ people under the age of 25, via phone, chat, or text, and with online resources.

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

Peer support services and resources for trans people in crisis, or needing support.

Mental Health America: mhanational.org

A non-profit organization addressing the needs of people living with mental illness and promoting mental health for all Americans. Many state and local chapters.

PFLAG: www.pflag.org

An organization for LGBTQ+ people and their families with over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters.

Psych Central: https://psychcentral.com/

This site offers free resources including support groups, in-house therapists you can direct questions to, information on how to find an online therapist, and articles on mental health conditions.

Recommended apps with free content:

Calm: can help users sleep better, boost confidence and reduce stress and anxiety, with the help of guided meditations, soothing music, and bedtime stories.

Insight Timer: a meditation app that features guided meditations, music and talks posted by contributing experts.

Motivation: you can choose a set time to receive a daily notification with an inspiring quote.

Mood Path: described as a “mental health companion.” Whether you are facing a rough patch or have concerns about your mental health, the app can support you through the difficult times and guide you out the other side.

Headspace: makes meditation accessible, with fun "guided meditations" consisting of audio sessions where one of the company's co-creators leads listeners on a journey of contemplation.

Mindfulness Coach: teaches mindfulness skills for self-awareness, self-regulation (VA app, but suitable for all.) provides a gradual, self-guided training program designed to help you understand and adopt a simple mindfulness practice.

Forest: Helps reduce phone/social media activity during study periods. It is a popular productivity app that helps people beat their phone addiction and manage their time in an interesting and pleasant way. Users can earn credits by not using their cell phones and plant real trees around the world with the credits.

Dailyo: Helps to track moods daily, weekly, and monthly.

Ozaukee and Greater Milwaukee

COPE Hotline: 262-377-COPE (2673)

https://www.copeservices.org/

The mission of COPE Services is to provide emotional support and crisis intervention to Ozaukee County and the Greater Milwaukee Area. This mission will be accomplished by the maintenance of a 24-hour telephone helpline, a website, and development of education materials and programs.

North-Eastern

Wisconsin

Family Services

A non-profit that provides various programs including crisis and mobile crisis services. You can easily search your specific county using this link:

https://www.familyservicesnew.org/service-offerings/

Prevea Behavioral Health - clinics and services:

https://www.prevea.com/medical-services/Behavioral-Care

Advocate Aurora Behavioral Health – clinics and services:

https://www.aurorahealthcare.org/services/behavioral-health-addiction

Ascension, Columbia St. Mary’s – behavioral health clinics and services:

http://www.supportcsm.org/Behavioral_Medicine