College life can become overwhelming at times due to daily pressures, life situations, or a crisis. Counseling Services is here to provide students the opportunity to pursue healing, growth, support, and wholeness within a Christian context while remaining respectful of the variety of backgrounds and paradigms of our students.
At Counseling Services you can find caring, professional, and confidential support when you need it. We offer assessment, individual & family counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention & counseling, referral & advocacy, and training & consultation.
How to Make an Appointment
For the 2020-21 academic year, Counseling Services is requiring that all client paperwork be completed online before an appointment can be scheduled. Please use the 3 links below to fill out all the necessary information. Once these forms are processed, Counseling Services will email the client when an appointment time has been scheduled.
Location and Hours
Counseling Services is located in the Morrison House in front of Myers Hall on College Avenue and across from the Valley. We are open during the academic year, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed during the Chapel hour from 11 a.m. – noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays). If you have questions, you may call (765) 641-4203 or email email@example.com.
If this is an after-hours Emergency, please call the RD on Call at (765) 641-3003 or the AU Police & Security Services at (765)641-3333 or ext. 3333. You may also call 911 for local emergency assistance.
USA National Suicide Hotlines:
1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK
1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255
Counseling Services FAQ
How do I make an appointment?
If you are interested in making an appointment, you may complete the initial intake forms online here, here, and here at your convenience. If you have questions, you may call (765) 641-4203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is AU’s Counseling Services mission?
AU Counseling Services exists to help students achieve physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational health so they may attain the highest personal growth and intellectual success. We embrace a student- oriented philosophy that is respectful of diversity and is committed to the development of the student as a whole.
What is Counseling Services’ approach to counseling?
The Counseling Services’ Christ-centered staff takes a holistic developmental approach to counseling and the concerns the clients express. Our center seeks to integrate Biblical truth and psychological principles. We believe counseling is essentially a “partnership” or relationship that is formed between the student and the counselor. This counseling relationship allows for a collaborative team approach within a caring and nurturing environment where goals will be identified to move you towards feeling better and completing the tasks that are necessary to accomplish your treatment goals.
Who comes to Counseling Services?
AU students may seek Counseling Services for a variety of reasons. Often-times individuals will report feeling “stuck” as they try to work through a personal problem. Those who come to the office of Counseling Services are students who want to grow and learn more about themselves, their relationships with others, and their relationship with God. Although there are many issues that bring students into counseling, some of the common issues include depression, anxiety, problems transitioning into college life, stress, homesickness, relationship problems, family issues, eating disorders or concerns, poor self-image, substance abuse, addictions, sexual abuse, identity issues, sexuality, spirituality and faith issues ,trauma, social skills training, academic stress or struggles, or concerns with friends and family.
What are the costs?
Counseling Services are free to enrolled full-time AU undergraduate students. If it is warranted that a student needs additional services (i.e. psychiatric care, specific assessment, more intensive treatment), Counseling Services staff will facilitate a referral. The student is responsible for the fees incurred and may choose to have his/her primary insurance billed or to self-pay.
How confidential is it?
As counselors, we are committed to making confidentiality a top priority. All records are kept in our office and are not accessible to anyone else on campus. All sessions are confidential, which means what is said within the context of the therapeutic relationship stays between the client and his/her counselor. Consents for release of information are completed as desired/needed. Limitations to this confidentiality exist where counselors have a legal or ethical duty to report.
MEET OUR STAFF
Christal Helvering is the Director of Counseling Services at Anderson University. As the director, she provides direct clinical services to students, supervises the Counseling Services staff, serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff; and participates in student leadership training.
Christal earned her B.A. in Social Work from Anderson University in 1988 and her M.S W. from Indiana University-Purdue University: Indianapolis in 1992. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. (L.C.S.W.)
Christal began her career working as the Community Case Manager at the Center for Mental Health in Anderson. Following the completion of her Master's degree, she worked in private practice at Associates in Mental Health, Inc. for 15 years located in Muncie, IN.
Christal lives in Anderson, Ind.
Christal has served at Anderson University since 2008.
(765) 641- 4205
Director of Counseling Services
B.S., Anderson University
M.S.W./L.C.S.W., Indiana University
Counseling Services Interns
- Teal Russeau B.A., M.A.