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Behavioral health & wellness
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Behavioral health & wellness

Behavioral health & wellness provides individual counseling, as well as referral and consultation services for residential students (ATSU-ASHS, ATSU-ASDOH, ATSU-CCPA, ATSU-KCOM, ATSU-MOSDOH, and ATSU-SOMA). Online students (ATSU-CGHS) may refer to a list of national resources and referral information for mental health/substance use counseling as well as intimate partner violence. Online students are also encouraged to utilize their health insurance benefits or employer’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), if available.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis and need an immediate response, contact the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 or dial 911 for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of over 160 local agencies.

  • Resources for residential students (KCOM, MOSDOH, ASHS, ASDOH, SOMA, PA) +

    • Residential students create your FREE account:

      1. Visit timelycare.com/atsu or download the TimelyCare app.
      2. Click “Sign In.”
      3. Create your profile using your school email.
      4. Follow the prompts to start your first visit.

      Timely Care at ATSU provides virtual care from anywhere. Get support for free:

      • 24/7 Mental health support
      • 24/7 on-demand and scheduled medical visits
      • Schedule virtual health coaching
      • Scheduled counseling (up to 12 visits per year)
      • Psychiatry (by referral from ATSU Behavioral Health & Wellness)
      • Digital self care content to include yoga, guided meditation, and more.

      Timely Care 24/7 Customer Service and Faculty Support Line: 833-4-TIMELY

      On-campus Counseling

      Missouri campus

      Mental health emergency: 988 or 800.356.5395 (Mark Twain Behavioral Health) or
      Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (other times as arranged)
      Location: Gutensohn Osteopathic Health and Wellness Clinic, room 304

      Sarah Thomas, EdD, MSW, LCSW
      Director Behavioral Health & Wellness
      Phone: 660.626.2751

      Schedule an appointment with Sarah

      Phil Jorn, MA, LPC, NCC
      Behavioral Health & Wellness Counselor
      Phone: 660.626.2138

      Schedule an appointment with Phil

      Arizona campus

      Mental health emergency: 988 or 602.222.9444 (Crisis Response Network)
      Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Other times as arranged)
      Location: 5845 Building, suite 213

      Desirai Browning, MAS, LAMFT
      Behavioral Health & Wellness Counselor
      Phone: 480-219-6170

      Schedule an appointment with Desirai

      Sarah Thomas, EdD, MSW, LCSW
      Director Behavioral Health & Wellness
      Phone: 660.626.2751

      (Virtual appointments only for students located in Arizona)

      Schedule an appointment with Sarah

      Services for residential students: All services are provided free of charge for ATSU students. Counseling is a confidential service. Anything you say to a counselor and/or the fact that you used this service will not be disclosed to other persons or agencies without your consent, within legal and ethical limitations. No information about counseling goes on your academic record. Behavioral Health and Wellness Counseling can also assist students in locating resources and other services specific to their needs available on campus or, when off-campus, in their communities.

      ATSU counselors adhere to the ethical code of the American Counseling Association or the National Association of Social Workers depending on each counselor’s license and professional association.

  • What is professional counseling? +

    • Professional counseling has been defined as: “a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Counselors work with clients on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that they are facing.”

      Counseling as an activity most closely resembles a conversation with a trusted mentor who helps their clients explore what prompted them to seek support, their personal history and current situation, and the ways in which they may be feeling, thinking, and/or behaving (the symptoms they may be experiencing right now).

  • Confidentiality +

    • Everything discussed during counseling sessions is kept confidential within legal and ethical limitations. ATSU’s mental health wellness counselors are required by law to abide by state-mandated rules of confidentiality.

      No member of ATSU’s faculty, staff, or student body will be informed that you are receiving mental health wellness counseling, nor have access to your files without your explicit, written consent.

      Confidentiality applies to all students even if the student has been mandated for counseling. Mandated students are asked to sign a release allowing ATSU’s mental health wellness counselors to report treatment compliance to the appropriate referring person.