The Counseling Center provides remote (telehealth) services through a secure Zoom link and/or telephone.

We will continue to provide in-person services.

Our greatest concern is for your wellbeing and the wellbeing of our counselors.

Please review our COVID guidelines for visiting the Counseling Center. COVID GUIDELINES PDF

Making an Appointment…

Please email:  counseling@warnerpacific.edu and
request a counseling appointment, including your name and phone number as well as ALL times you are available Monday -Thursday 9am – 5pm.

You will receive a reply email with a counseling appointment time and date, your counselor’s name and further instructions on how to prepare for your first session.  You will also receive a link to an online confidential intake form. Please follow the instructions and complete all (confidential) forms before coming to your fist session.

Structure of Sessions

Counseling sessions are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly and typically last 50 minutes per session. Some clients like to check-in monthly.

During the first appointment the counselor will review initial paperwork and explore reasons for seeking therapy. After the assessment of client concerns and review of the client’s goal the therapist will craft a plan of treatment and eventually review this with the client. Evidence based practices and interventions are used to create change and establish growth for the client. Either by the end of the semester, when the treatment plan is completed, or when the client feels they no longer need services, sessions will be terminated. Students are welcome to return for services at any time during the school year and when there is availability.

Referrals are provided if the client wishes to continue counseling over break or if the client is in need of specialized treatments. If for any reason a client is not comfortable with their therapist they have the option to meet with another therapist based on availability. While sessions are free to students there are policies in place for clients who repeatedly no-call/no-show or who have a pattern of canceling late.

Confidentiality

Counseling services are confidential. All communication shared with your counselor, including registration for services will be kept strictly confidential and will not be revealed to anyone outside the Counseling Center without your written permission. Consent may not be necessary in a few exceptions. These include, but may not be limited to:

· Any present evidence of child, elder, & disabled person abuse.

· Threat of bodily harm to yourself, others, or animals. Any threat or implication to commit a harmful crime.

· In the case of a legitimate subpoena issued by a court of law.

· In the defense of claims brought against the counselor.

· If you are a minor (under the age of 18).

Reasons for Seeking Counseling…

The most frequent requests by students are for individual and relationship counseling. Individual counseling can focus on such concerns as anxiety and tension, depression, procrastination, grief due to loss, loneliness, low self-esteem or self-confidence, performance/striving issues, issues with food, identity or orientation concerns, and many other personal issues. Relationship counseling focuses on improving or understanding relationships between roommates, teachers, friends, engaged couples, spouses, and parents.

Counseling services also offers a variety of opportunities for clients to understand themselves better and to enhance their relationships with others.

Counseling Services can also help students to:

1. Develop more independence and maturity.
2. Handle life situations more effectively.
3. Accept responsibility for behavior.
4. Manage stress and anxiety appropriately.
5. Live by a personal value system.
6. Create a healthy and satisfying lifestyle.
7. Develop a mature sexuality.
8. Develop and maintain satisfying interpersonal relationships.
9. Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence.
10. Resolve conflicts and make decisions more effectively.
11. Address and gain satisfaction out of work activities.

Mental Health Screening Tool

Still unsure if you need to meet with a counselor? Go to Mental Health America for a mental health screen.

About the Counseling Center

Our goal is to provide a supportive and confidential environment to address student concerns and needs.  Our services are designed to help develop deeper self-awareness, strengthen coping skills, foster healthy relationships and improve academic performance and community engagement. The Center offers free and confidential counseling services to Warner Pacific students including individual and group therapy, mediation, crisis management, evaluation, referral, and community outreach.

The Counseling Center is staffed by the Director of the Counseling Center, the Outreach Coordinator/Counselor and a group of graduate counseling interns.  The counseling center operates a graduate training program which accepts graduate counseling interns pursuing advanced degrees in counseling and clinical psychology each academic year.  To ensure quality mental health services, each intern receives ongoing clinical supervision and training from a licensed professional counselor.

The Counseling Center is located at 2211 SE 66th Avenue (at the end of the street in a white house called the “Caldwell House.”)

WPU Counseling Center on map

Staff

The Counseling Center is staffed by the Director of the Counseling Center, the Outreach Coordinator/Counselor and a group of graduate counseling interns. The counseling center operates a graduate training program which accepts graduate counseling interns pursuing advanced degrees in counseling and clinical psychology each academic year. To ensure quality mental health services, each intern receives ongoing clinical supervision and training from a licensed professional counselor.

Hanna Maxwell

Graduate counseling student intern from Western Seminary. My background is in higher education. I decided to become a counselor because I love working with college students, and I wanted to help with the anxiety, depression, and the other challenging things that can surface – or intensify – during the college years. I believe that together the counselor and client can work on uncovering thought patterns and narratives, core values and strengths, and ways to use those for the client’s benefit. I hope that in each session you feel seen, heard, and empowered.

Hanna is available Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Gene Hall, MA, LPC

The Director of the Counseling Center. Gene Hall comes from a background in Community Mental Health and Private Practice Counseling. Driven by a compassion for people and developing excellence in care both for the Client and the Provider. As a Director of the Counseling Center at Warner Pacific University, his goals include the provision of superior mental health services for students, useful support for staff and faculty, and professional development of service providers. Gene’s passion for mental health work can be traced back to personal calling and early ministry experiences. Gene specializes in working with helping people address the crippling effects of anxiety, and depression, in order to live fuller lives, live into their Values, and build resilience for inevitable adversity.

You may contact Gene via email at ghall@warnerpacific.edu.

What to Expect as a New Client

Making an Appointment

Please email: counseling@warnerpacific.edu and request a counseling appointment, including your name and phone number as well as ALL times you are available Monday -Thursday 9am – 5pm. You will receive a reply email with a counseling appointment time and date, your counselor’s name and further instructions on how to prepare for your first session. You will also receive a link to an online confidential intake form. Please follow the instructions and complete all forms before coming to your fist session.

Structure of Therapy

Counseling sessions are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly and typically last 50 minutes per session. Some clients like to check-in monthly.

During the first appointment the counselor will review initial paperwork and explore reasons for seeking therapy. After the assessment of client concerns and review of the client’s goal the therapist will craft a plan of treatment and eventually review this with the client. Evidence based practices and interventions are used to create change and establish growth for the client. Either by the end of the semester, when the treatment plan is completed, or when the client feels they no longer need services, sessions will be terminated. Students are welcome to return for services at any time during the school year and when there is availability.

Referrals are provided if the client wishes to continue counseling over break or if the client is in need of specialized treatments. If for any reason a client is not comfortable with their therapist they have the option to meet with another therapist based on availability. While sessions are free to students there are policies in place for clients who repeatedly no-call/no-show or who have a pattern of canceling late.

Confidentiality

Counseling services are confidential. All communication shared with your counselor, including registration for services will be kept strictly confidential and will not be revealed to anyone outside the Counseling Center without your written permission. Consent may not be necessary in a few exceptions. These include, but may not be limited to:

  • Any present evidence of child, elder, & disabled person abuse.
  • Threat of bodily harm to yourself, others, or animals. Any threat or implication to commit a harmful crime.
  • In the case of a legitimate subpoena issued by a court of law.
  • In the defense of claims brought against the counselor.
  • If you are a minor (under the age of 18).

Reasons for Seeking Therapy

The most frequent request by students is for individual and relationship counseling. Individual counseling can focus on such concerns as anxiety and tension, depression, procrastination, grief due to loss, loneliness, low self-esteem or self-confidence, performance/striving issues, issues with food, identity or orientation concerns, and many other personal issues. Relationship counseling focuses on improving or understanding relationships between roommates, teachers, friends, engaged couples, spouses, and parents.

Counseling Services also offers a variety of opportunities for clients to understand themselves better and to enhance their relationships with others.

Counseling Services can also help students to:

  1. Develop more independence and maturity.
  2. Handle life situations more effectively.
  3. Accept responsibility for behavior.
  4. Manage stress and anxiety appropriately.
  5. Live by a personal value system.
  6. Create a healthy and satisfying lifestyle.
  7. Develop a mature sexuality.
  8. Develop and maintain satisfying interpersonal relationships.
  9. Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence.
  10. Resolve conflicts and make decisions more effectively.
  11. Address and gain satisfaction out of work activities.

Signs that counseling could be helpful or needed

So when is Counseling helpful or needed? It’s a question of measuring to what extent you are managing — anything that makes you feel overwhelmed or limits your ability to function to the level you would like are basic cues that it is time to seek a counselor. Other signs include:

  • Everything you feel is intense or overwhelming (or reversely, you feel numb and detached from life).
  • You’ve suffered trauma and you can’t seem to stop thinking about it.
  • You have unexplained and recurrent headaches, stomach-aches or a rundown immune system.
  • You’re using a substance to cope.
  • You take extra measures to either avoid people completely or constantly distract yourself from being by yourself.
  • You’re getting negative feedback from work or school.
  • You feel disconnected from previously beloved activities.
  • Your relationships are strained.
  • Your friends or family have told you they’re concerned.

When self-harm or suicidal thoughts are present, talk to someone and see a counselor. This is absolutely a time to engage in a non-judgmental, accepting counseling relationship to find the support and care that you need.

Mental Health Screening Tools

https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools

Local Mental Health Related Resources

Mental Health Emergencies

Clear Warning Signs of Suicidality:

  • Threatening to kill self/others or talking about wanting to hurt self/others
  • Seeking access to firearms, pills, etc.
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide (especially when the person doesn’t normally do this)

NEVER leave someone alone who is showing suicidal behavior. Call 911 immediately.

If you’re unsure and need support please call:

Multnomah County Crisis Line & Project Respond
503-988-4888
Washington County Crisis Line
503-291-9111
Clackamas County Crisis Line
503-655-8585
Southwest Washington State (including Clark County) Crisis Line
800.626.8137 | TTY 866.835.2755
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare: Urgent Walk-in Services
Open 7 days a week from 7am – 10:30pm
4212 SE Division, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97206;
enter at corner of SE Division and 42nd Ave.
https://www.cascadiabhc.org/urgent-and-emergency-services/

Alcohol & Substance Abuse

A Better Today Recovery Services
https://abtrs.com/substance-abuse-treatment
Portland Therapy Center: Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence
http://www.portlandtherapycenter.com/psychological-terms/alcohol-abuse-and-alcohol-dependence
Serenity Lane
https://www.serenitylane.org/outpatient_portland.html
Teras Counseling/ DUII, Anger Management, DV Offender
http://www.terasinc.org

Hospitals (Local)

Adventist Medical Center-Portland
10123 SE Market St.
(503) 257-2500
https://www.adventisthealth.org/pages/home.aspx

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
2801 N Gantenbein Ave.
(503) 413-2200
http://www.legacyhealth.org/locations/hospitals/legacy-emanuel-medical-center.aspx

Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
1015 NW 22nd Ave.
(503) 413-7711
http://www.legacyhealth.org/locations/hospitals/legacy-good-samaritan-medical-center.aspx

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
(503) 494-8311
http://www.ohsu.edu/health/emergency/index.php

Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St.
(503) 215-1111
https://oregon.providence.org

Insurances Resources

Care Oregon
http://www.careoregon.org/OurServices.aspx
Oregon Health Plan
http://healthcare.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx
Washington Health Plan Finder
https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/_content/Homepage.html

Mental Health Care

Search engine: Search for licensed therapists on Psychology Today.

How to Seek Mental Health Counseling Services outside of WPU
If you’re no longer a student or are for any reason unable to schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center please consider these basic steps to connect with a Licensed therapist in your area.

Basic Steps

  1. If you have health insurance, clarify with them if you have mental health coverage.
  2. Search for a therapist that meets your criteria of needs/goals.
  3. Interview the potential therapist(s) over the phone or through email.
  4. Schedule a first meeting to see if it is a good fit.

Inpatient Care:

Outpatient Care:

  • Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
    4212 SE Division
    Urgent walk-in clinic 7days/week: 7am to 10:30pm (503) 239-5952
    (Connected to Project Respond)
  • Western Psychological & Counseling Services (Multiple Locations)
    12636 SE Stark St., Plaza 125, Building J
    Portland, OR 97233
    (503) 253-4600
    https://www.westernpsych.com

Psychological Testing | Full Evaluations to Diagnose Disabilities

Please contact WPU Disabilities services for more information.

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Resources

Please see WPU Sexual Misconduct and Title IX and the Personal Safety resources.

Transportation

Emergency Contact Information

If a student is experiencing a mental health emergency, the Director of the Counseling Center may be contacted at 503.517.1119 during the days of M-Th 9am-3pm.

Mental Health Emergencies

Clear Warning Signs of Suicidality:

  • Threatening to kill self/others or talking about wanting to hurt self/others
  • Seeking access to firearms, pills, etc.
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide (especially when the person doesn’t normally do this)

NEVER leave someone alone who is showing suicidal behavior.

Call 911 immediately.

If you are unsure and need support please call:

Multnomah County Crisis Line & Project Respond
503-988-4888
Washington County Crisis Line
503-291-9111
Clackamas County Crisis Line
503-655-8585
Southwest Washington State (including Clark County) Crisis Line
800.626.8137 | TTY 866.835.2755
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare: Urgent Walk-in Services
Open 7 days a week from 7am – 10:30pm
4212 SE Division, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97206
enter at corner of SE Division and 42nd Ave.
https://www.cascadiabhc.org/urgent-and-emergency-services

Graduate Internship Inquiries

Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world.

Cover a Wide Array of Issues

Interns may have the opportunity to provide individual, group, and/or couples counseling, psycho-education and guest speaking to students, faculty and staff, and student advocacy. Counseling is free and available to all students on campus. Graduate counseling interns, the Outreach Coordinator & Counselor, and the Director of Counseling staff the counseling center.

Surprisingly, we cover a wide array of issues like:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • chemical abuse/dependence
  • trauma
  • relationship issues
  • grief
  • eating disorders
  • adjustment
  • abuse/assault
  • psychiatric referral
  • multicultural
  • legal
  • financial issue

Intern Qualifications

Warner Pacific is seeking LPC-track counseling interns who have a passion and desire to authentically care for and work with traditional and non-traditional aged college students of various backgrounds toward health and healing. Interns will be expected to have a positive, open and teachable disposition with their peers and supervisor as well as a willingness to connect and engage with faculty, staff and students.

Internship applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available the beginning of January 2020.  Application deadline is TBD.  To receive an application, please email your request and attach your resume to Gene Hall, MA, LPC – Director of the Counseling Center at ghall@warnerpacific.edu.

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