KOKOMO, Ind. — College life challenges many students as they strive to succeed in the classroom, while balancing jobs, family, and other life events. For some, the experience can be overwhelming.
To address this need, Indiana University Kokomo now offers free on-campus counseling by a licensed clinical psychologist. Chelsi Day began her position this semester, and is now taking appointments.
“Many college students experience anxiety, stress, and adjustment issues, and through counseling, we can make a difference for them,” Day said. “My hope is to encourage awareness that these emotional difficulties or mental struggles are experienced by most people, and it’s OK to ask for help.”
Day, who has a Psy.D. in clinical psychology, as well as a master’s in sport and exercise psychology, is establishing IU Kokomo’s counseling program from the ground up. She will provide confidential, one-on-one and small group counseling, and plans to conduct a needs assessment to offer services tailored to the campus.
“We know there is an interest and a need for these kinds of services here,” she said, adding that students previously could receive contracted services from an off-campus provider. “When they have to go somewhere else for help, students are not as likely to reach out when they need it. Now they can seek assistance here on campus.”
Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student services and enrollment management, said students who are overwhelmed with personal struggles would find it difficult to perform in the classroom.
“This is exactly what IU Kokomo needed to help students remove obstacles that may hinder their success in college,” said Gambill. “Many students deal with anxiety, stress, and depression-related issues; everything from conflict resolution with a roommate or family member, to severe mental health issues. It runs the gamut of issues students face.”
Gambill noted that within a few days of her arrival, several students had already made appointments to see Day.
“Counseling services and support is something many students can benefit from,” he said. “I’m thrilled we were able to attract someone of Dr. Day’s credentials, with her personality and can-do spirit. She is the perfect person to start our counseling program.”
For more information about counseling services, or to make an appointment, call 765-455-9364.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.