General Information

Counseling Services at Creighton University is where students can find understanding, acceptance, practical help and treatment to help them handle day-to-day challenges and encourage their personal growth and development.

Most students come to Counseling Services for assistance with some identifiable concern.  Some typical concerns include self esteem issues, relationships, stress and anxiety, loneliness, depression, eating disorders and alcohol or drug abuse.  We offers assessment and psychological evaluation for academic success difficulties and mental health issues.  Couples and family therapy are also available when appropriate.

Counseling Services is staffed by four licensed psychologists, two licensed mental health practitioners,  two pre-doctoral psychology interns and practicum student(s) who provide services on an individual and group basis at no additional cost to students enrolled at Creighton University. More information about our staff is provided on our staff page.

Our Mission

Our mission is to assist undergraduate and professional students to define and accomplish personal, academic and career goals.  Services offered by our specially trained staff are to help all full time enrolled students enhance their functioning and growth potential; to acquaint all students with self-help and preventative skills; and to assist all students with immediate and specific personal, academic and career concerns.

Counseling Services is committed to consultation with the Creighton Community; to assessment, evaluation and research about effectiveness of its services; and the characteristics of today’s university students; and to training and supervision of paraprofessionals, practicum students and interns.

Location, Address

We are located in within the Center for Health and Counseling in the Harper Center, Room 1034. For location in reference to Creighton's campus, see the campus map.

Counseling Services
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE  68178

Phone:  (402) 280-2735
Fax:      (402) 280-1859

Hours

The Center is open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. during the academic year.

Summer Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00-4:30.

Appointments

Counseling sessions are provided mainly by appointment. To make an appointment, you may visit the Counseling Services in the Harper Center, Room 1034 or call 280-2735.  Once an appointment is made, it is important to keep it or make arrangements to reschedule or cancel.  Students are asked to arrive for their first appointment approximately 10 minutes early in order to fill out necessary intake information. During this session, a counselor will listen to your concerns and determine which resources at Counseling Services or elsewhere will best suit your needs.

Upon request, arrangements can be made for appointments to be held at a location on campus that is accessible for someone with a physical/mobility disability.

About Counseling Sessions

Individual counseling sessions are typically last 50 minutes.  Counseling can be an opportunity to talk about issues that are of concern to students with an objective person who can help them develop skills and view situations in ways that may enable them to be more effective in managing life's challenges down the road.

Are you considering counseling? Do you have questions about counseling might be like? Do you already have ideas about what counseling is or is not? Take a look at our article, What You Should Know about Counseling and Psychotherapy.

Fees for Services

Counseling services are provided free of charge to all full-time students at Creighton. These services include therapy and many forms of assessments. However, a fee is charged for Learning Disability and ADHD diagnostic assessments. In addition, appointments with the psychiatrist are billed through the student's insurance.

Confidentiality

Effective mental health and counseling work requires an atmosphere of privacy and mutual trust.  We feel it is important to discuss the issues of privacy and confidentiality at the beginning of services here so that a positive working relationship can be developed.

Counseling Services takes every reasonable precaution to protect your privacy and acts in accord with professional, legal, and ethical guidelines established by the American Psychological Association for psychologists and the American Counseling Association for counselors.  Counseling Services maintains records of counseling sessions, assessments, and other professional contacts.  Theses records are restricted to the internal use of the Counseling Services' professional staff.  The records are kept in locked files in a secure, locked room within the Center for Health and Counseling.  Appointments are scheduled on the computer using a software program that is secure and protected by passwords.

This means that visits to Counseling Services are not part of a student’s academic record. Confidentiality is strictly followed.  Written or verbal information regarding your contacts with Counseling Services is released only with your written permission.   However, confidentiality is not guaranteed in the following unusual circumstances:  Situations involving imminent harm to yourself or others’ abuse of vulnerable individuals such as children or elders; certain legal situations (for example subpoena of records, clients’ use of mental condition as a legal defense).  If possible, the professional staff will discuss the procedures for this with you and enlist your assistance in resolution of the situation that has necessitated such a disclosure.

You are entitled to know if the professional staff you are seeing is receiving clinical supervision and by whom.  You may request to meet with the supervisor and/or the director of Counseling Services at any time.  Confidential information about your counseling will be shared as part of clinical supervision for the purpose of training, licensure laws and quality assurance.  Be assured that information about you does not go beyond these staff supervisory relationships, without your express, written permission.

Limitations of Our Services

Creighton’s Counseling Services is an outpatient mental health service dedicated to treatment of enrolled Creighton undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.  Generally Counseling Services can treat the emotional difficulties and mental disorders that can safely be managed within the structure of an outpatient service.  The services that Counseling Services can provide are: weekly individual counseling appointments (with no specific time limit), group counseling sessions when an appropriate group is running, access to psychiatric or general medical consultation for medication, and occasional crisis intervention meetings.  There are certain mental health disorders that cannot be effectively treated within the structure and resources of Creighton’s Counseling Services.  Students that cannot be treated effectively or safely within this structure of resources will be referred to mental health resources within the community (in Omaha or in the student’s home community). Situations that require referral include (but are not limited to) the following:  symptoms of disorganized or disruptive psychoses and high suicidal potential requiring inpatient hospital treatment; serious eating disorders; chronic emotional crisis requiring intensive treatment, frequent appointments or special supervision or behavioral management.

Counseling Services office is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, and its staff adheres to the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association. Our staff is committed to meeting the needs of all individuals regardless of culture, race, gender, ability, or sexual orientation.