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Counseling Q&A

Where is the LAU counseling office?

Please see the contact information.

Do I need an appointment?

No. You can drop by the office whenever you’d like during working hours. If you prefer to make an appointment, call or email the counselor on your campus.

Is counseling confidential? Is it part of my academic record?

Counseling records are confidential and separate from your academic records. All information about you, even acknowledgment of your visits, is confidential and cannot be released to any other office or individual (even your parents) without your written permission. There are, however, some exceptions to confidentiality. The counselor is required to release certain information in situations that involve harm to yourself or others. These events are extremely rare. Typically, the only way others would become aware of your seeing a counselor is if you told them.

What types of services does the counseling office offer?

The counseling office offers short-term individual counseling, academic skills tutoring, career/vocational testing and counseling, crisis services, consultation and referrals.

How do I know if I need individual counseling?

In your first meeting with the counselor, she will discuss the different services available and her recommendations, given your particular situation.

What if I need to see a psychiatrist?

Students who are seen at the counseling office can be referred for external psychiatric or medication consultations.

What kinds of problems do students discuss in counseling?

Most students who come to the counseling office are experiencing normal developmental concerns and academic pressures that, at times, leave them feeling anxious, confused, angry, lonely, depressed, or overwhelmed. Counseling aims to help students understand and manage stress. Any personal issue can be discussed in counseling. Typical concerns include:

  • Academic difficulties
  • Adjustment to LAU
  • Alcohol or other substance abuse
  • Anxiety and stress management
  • Assertiveness issues
  • Depression
  • Difficulty choosing a major/career
  • Discrimination
  • Grief
  • Loneliness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Personal crises
  • Poor grades
  • Preoccupation with food/problematic eating habits
  • Relationships with family or friends
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault/date rape
  • Sexual identity issues
  • Study skills
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Time management

Students often consider counseling under the following circumstances:

  • They just need to talk with someone who can provide an objective viewpoint.
  • They feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness and/or helplessness.
  • Their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to function at their best day to day. (For example, they are unable to concentrate on assignments, and their class performance suffers as a result.)
  • Their actions are potentially harmful to themselves or others.
  • They are troubled by the emotional difficulties of family members or close friends.
  • They feel lonely and disconnected from others, or like they don’t fit in.

Contact us

Beirut:
Norma Moussally, Rana Salloum
Office of the Dean of Students
Ext:1705 / 1471

Byblos:
Joumana Haddad
Office of the Dean of Students
Ext:2413 

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