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Counseling Services

Overview

College can be a difficult and challenging time, and we're here to help.  This support may include helping you to perform better academically, to cope with your emotions, or to be more effective in your relationships with others.

Anita Towne, ASUN's Professional Counselor, is available to help students with issues such as depression, relationship problems, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, homicidal thoughts or behaviors, college adjustment, post-trauma problems, conflict management, anger management, communication skills, and domestic violence.

For help with anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic, visit the CDC site here, or check out ASUN's Coronavirus Anxiety Presentation.

Services Offered

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a personal opportunity to receive support and experience growth during challenging times in life. Individual counseling may be short-term and goal-oriented on a specific concern to help students develop better-coping strategies, resolve conflicts and maintain sound functioning in their academic and social lives.

Individual counseling takes place in a safe, caring, and confidential environment.  Counseling allows students to explore their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals and work toward desired change.

Many concerns are readily resolved with short-term counseling and other more complex concerns that require long term counseling, students will be referred to an off campus Behavior health clinic.

Click here to set up an Individual Counseling session.

Group Counseling

Group counseling is one of the most effective tools for addressing issues among college students given that they are provided the opportunity to interact with others who have similar life experiences. Validation and feedback can be immediate allowing for quick growth in a safe and supportive environment.  Group counseling also gives you the opportunity to practice new behaviors, gain feedback from peers, and learn from their experiences. Most importantly, you will recognize that you are not alone.

It is common to feel anxious when thinking about joining a group. It can be difficult to share personal thoughts and concerns with others. There are some things you can do to maximize the chances that group will be a meaningful and healing experience for you such as being willing to participate and commit to group, thinking about what you would like to gain from group, knowing your limits in self disclosure but finding ways to challenge yourself in order to grow. Learning about yourself in group counseling has a positive effect on your relationships and can improve you academic success.

Group counseling typically consist of 10-12 students, which meet weekly throughout the semester. It’s important that you attend every session of your group.

Crisis Intervention

Students experiencing mental health emergencies such as psychological trauma or thoughts of seriously harming self or others.

For crisis assistance during normal office hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday call 870-512-7763 or email .

During after hours, weekends and holiday breaks dial 911 and ask for assistance.

Other resources for mental health emergencies include: 

  • Nearest hospital emergency room
  • Local police department
  • Mental Health Clinic
  • National Prevention Suicide Hotline
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault Hotline
  • Substance Abuse and General Mental Health National Hotline

Accessing Services

Make an Appointment

If you are interested in starting services, make an appointment or visit us during business hours:

Monday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
ASUN-Marked Tree

Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
ASU-Newport

Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
ASUN-Marked Tree & ASUN-Jonesboro

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are some reasons students might seek counseling?
    • Depression
    • Relationship problems
    • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
    • Homicidal thoughts or behaviors
    • College Adjustment
    • Post trauma problems
    • Conflict management
    • Anger management
    • Communication skills
    • Domestic violence
  2. What is the cost for counseling?
    There is no charge or fee for counseling. Currently enrolled students are eligible for individual, group and crisis services.
  3. Where is the Counseling Center located?
    ASU-Newport's Walton Hall | 7648 Victory Blvd,  Newport, AR
  4. What should I expect during my first appointment?
    • Your first visit is a screening appointment
    • First visits require you to complete initial paperwork. This paperwork is very helpful in evaluating your needs and helping connect you to the best resources.
    • After completing your paperwork, you will typically spend 20 to 30 minutes with a counselor.
    • The purpose of a first visit is to evaluate concerns and connect you to the most appropriate resources
    • If your needs are beyond the Counseling Center’s scope of services we will assist you with a referral.
  5. How often will I meet with my counselor?
    Given the counseling center’s brief model of treatment, an initial intake interview appointment would determine which counseling services are appropriate and whether our counselor or another resource on or off-campus is most appropriate.
  6. Does ASU-Newport prescribe psychiatric medications?
    ASUN counseling center does not prescribe medications. We can assist with referrals for medication when appropriate.
  7. What’s the policy on confidentiality?
    Information may be exchanged between the ASUN Counseling Center, faculty and Center for Educational Access without requiring client consent when those offices are providing services for the same client. ASUN Counseling Center will release information from counseling sessions to third parties only at the request of the client (with written permission from the client.) There are few exceptions: if a client poses a clear and present danger of harm to himself/herself and/or others, if there is reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect, or if there is reasonable cause to suspect adult abuse or neglect.

Resources

Online Mental Health Screening

Coming Soon!

Online Mental Health Resources

Staff
Anita Towne, LPC

Anita obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Masters of Rehabilitation in Counseling at Arkansas State University. She has 12 years of counseling experience across a variety of treatment settings include; inpatient, school, and community based services. Anita serves children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups. Anita utilizes cognitive behavioral and person-centered approaches when working to assist students in developing better coping strategies, resolve conflicts and maintain sound functioning in their academic and social lives. She enjoys working with students who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, Suicidal/homicidal thoughts or behaviors, anger/conflict management, and college adjustment. Anita strongly believes that when people have hope and can learn to challenge and replace irrational thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, people are free to experience change.