Counseling Services

Hesston College counselor Julie Lehman visits with a student.

Everyone encounters times in life where we need some extra support, an objective listening ear, a perspective different from our own, or help navigating difficult emotions and situations. Hesston College Counseling Services is here for those times.

  • safe, confidential process
  • free, accessible services
  • compassionate, non-judgmental perspective

If you would like to know more about what Counseling has to offer, feel free to give us a call, drop us an e-mail or note, or just stop by our offices. Regardless of the question, issue, situation or experience you bring, we welcome and invite you to come talk with us.

Hesston College counselors

Julie S. Lehman, LMSW
  • Licensed Master Social Worker
  • Phone: 620-327-8238
  • On campus, dial: 8238
  • Office: 106 in Friesen Center
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Dan Harrison
  • M.A. in education counseling
  • Phone: 620-327-8159
  • On campus, dial: 8159
  • Office: in Student Life suite
  • Hours: by appointment

Why talk with a counselor?

People come to talk with us for any number of reasons. No issue is too small to bring to counseling, and you are free to talk about anything that is important to you. Sometimes simply naming the difficulty can bring relief from a troubling situation. Talking with a counselor can help a person clarify the issues he or she is dealing with. Counseling can also be helpful in bringing about a better understanding of self or situations. Counseling can assist students in helping to resolve conflicts which may interfere with personal growth development and goal attainment. Here are just a few reasons a person might talk with a counselor:

  • To work through a decision-making process
  • To find tools for coping with stress and anxiety
  • Just to get an outside perspective on an issue you are facing or thinking about
  • For ideas in dealing with inter-personal issues (friend situations, roommate, parents, romantic relationship, family, etc)
  • Feeling overwhelmed or confused
  • Because you or someone you care about is struggling with a chemical dependency
  • Because you or someone you care about might be dealing with an eating disorder
  • To learn ways of managing depression – situational or long term
  • Mood instability that is negatively affecting you or a friend’s life
  • Because of a desire to increase self efficacy and personal skills
  • Questions about sexuality
  • …or any other reason you might have to want to talk with someone!

What happens in a counseling session?

Counseling sessions involve the sharing of information about an issue of importance to you. The problem doesn’t have to be anything more than a concern. It is the counselor’s role to listen, clarify the issues, and work together with you to develop strategies to successfully address the situation that brought you in. This is a supportive and objective process, where our goal is to walk with you in your journey, facilitating an experience of self-discovery, and spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health.

How confidential is this service?

Completely confidential, except in the situation where there is reason to believe you or someone else may be in danger of harm, in which case the counselor will notify someone, with your knowledge, in order to maintain health and safety. You will be invited to fill out a confidentiality form which tells us who, if anyone, you are comfortable having a counselor share information with. What you say to us is not shared with anyone else without YOUR permission.

What if I need to talk about a situation that involves the Lifestyle Standards – does a violation get reported to Student Life?

Counseling is a completely confidential service, except in the case of someone being a danger to self or others. So…any topic is safe for disclosure, including drugs, alcohol, sex, you name it. We desire for students to be whole, healthy and safe, and it is our job to process information with you so you can make decisions that are best for you, taking into consideration your goals and desires as a person. But bringing these subjects on your own to us does NOT mean you will be reported or that we will discuss your situation with anyone unless you have given us permission to do so.

What other services do the counselors offer?

In addition to individual counseling, both counselors are available to lead group discussion or support groups on any number of topics relevant to the participants. These can be arranged as needed or desired.

Additional services:

  • Julie is a trained facilitator of experiential and group-building initiatives, and is available to teams, mods or other groups of people who are interested in building self-efficacy and positive group dynamics through experiential activities, games, and challenges.
  • Dan is trained in conflict mediation, and is available as a resource for individuals or groups who are looking for healthy and positive ways to navigate conflict.