Counseling

Nebraska Methodist College offers free, confidential counseling to all currently enrolled students. These services are to assist the students in making adjustments in their academic and personal life. Licensed counselors trained in a variety of issues staff the counseling office.

Common counseling issues include test anxiety, relationships/codependency, stress management, time management, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, grief and loss issues, adjusting to college life, parenting/family issues and career/vocational issues.

Confidentiality

Strict confidentiality is maintained at all times. No information is released without written authorization from the student. All counseling records are kept separate from other College records and are accessible only by Professional Counseling staff members. However, there are limits to confidentiality. They include the following:

  • When there is risk of imminent harm to the student or to another person, counselors have a legal and ethical duty to intervene.
  • When any individual has reason to believe that a child, mentally disabled person, or an elderly person is in danger of or is being physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, that individual is obligated by law to report such abuse to the proper authorities.

Additionally, a student's counselor may consult with a supervisor and/or other professional counselor for the purpose of providing the best possible service. Please discuss any concerns you have about the confidentiality of counseling with your counselor, that is what she is there for!

How do I schedule an appointment?

Counseling is available to all students who are able to come to campus for their appointments. Students are encouraged to initiate contact with the counseling office, although referrals can be made by faculty, staff, parents, or concerned friends. All information is kept in the strictest confidence in accordance with the law. To schedule an appointment, please contact Molly Atherton at (402) 354-7213.

Where are the counseling offices located?

The counseling offices are open during normal business hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Monday through Friday. Evening appointments are available upon request. The office are located on the first floor of the Clark Center, office 1237. In case of an emergency, please call 911 or proceed to the hospital emergency room.

Can I communicate over the Internet with my counselor?

Please do not e-mail confidential information to counselors. E-mail is not secure and can be read in transit by people other than the recipient. Therefore, please use e-mail only to request information about counseling services or for other matters that are not confidential in nature.

Please do not contact counselors by e-mail in case of an emergency requiring immediate action. It cannot be ensured that an email will be read when it is first received. In case of an emergency, please call 911 or go to the closest hospital emergency room.

Other Resources

CRISIS INTERVENTION/SUICIDE
Boystown Suicide and Crisis Line
(800) 448-3000 or (800) 448-1833 (TDD)
Covenant House Hotline (800) 999-9999
National Youth Crisis Hotline (800) 442-HOPE (4673)

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/CHILD ABUSE/SEXUAL ABUSE
National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE(7233) or (800) 787-3224 (TDD)
CHILD HELP
USA National Child Abuse Hotline
800-4ACHILD (422-4453) or
(800) 222-4453(TDD
HIV/AIDS/SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
CDC National AIDS Hotline (800) 342-2437
AIDS Hotline in Spanish (800) 344-7432
AIDS Hotline for the Hearing Impaired (800) 243-7889
CDC National STD Hotline (800) 227-8922

RUNAWAYS/EXPLOITED CHILDREN
National Child Safety Council Childwatch (800) 222-1464
National Hotline for Missing and Exploited Children
(800) 843-5678
National Runaway Switchboard (800) 621-4000
Child Find of America Hotline (800) I AM LOST (426-5678)
SUBSTANCE ABUSE
National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Hotline
(800) 662-HELP (4357)
National Cocaine Hotline (800) COCAINE (262-2463)



Internet Resources

There are many resources on the internet to help, but these Web sites should not take the place of a professional counselor. Here are a few sample sites where assistance is offered.

American Psychological Association's Self - Help Brochures
Psych Central: one stop index for support resources
Web of Addictions

Contact Us

Molly Atherton

Molly Atherton, MS, LMHP
Counselor
(402) 354-7213
Email

Clark Center, Office 1237

Melissa Hoffman

Melissa Hoffman, PhD, LMHP
Counselor
(402) 354-7212
Email

Clark Center, Office 1225