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Counseling Services

Counseling services at LRU are offered in person and virtually when necessary.

When to Seek Help

There is never a problem too big or too small for you to seek counseling. You can come to us for anything, even if you just want to vent or talk about life. Common reasons students seek help include:

  • Relationship conflicts
  • Homesickness
  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem enhancement
  • Dealing with poor academic performance
  • Eating disorders
  • Divorce
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Codependency
  • Trauma recovery
  • Wellness and quality of life

    Help is Down the Hall. Schedule Your Appointment.

    To set up an appointment via text or email, use this link.

    Our Staff

    Ryan Klingensmith, MA, LPC, NCC
    Director, Counseling & Health Services
    Bold Hall II 261 

    Amy Elliott, MS, NCC
    Bold Hall II 259 


    Scope of Practice

    At La Roche University treatment from Counseling and Health Services varies according to each students’ goals and treatment plan, as agreed to by the provider and the student.

    Practitioners work to provide evidence-based treatment using best clinical practices to facilitate adjustment and functioning, successful academic performance and symptom relief as soon as possible. Referral to services in the community can be arranged for long-term or intensive treatment plans, needs that are beyond the scope of our practice or for students leaving the campus community.

    Services are available to students who are within the scope of practice and are currently enrolled at La Roche for at least one credit. Students who graduate are eligible for drop-in services or follow-up services on a limited basis to help facilitate continuity of care, and transfer of care to a community provider.

    We provide short-term, goal-focused therapy. If you regularly receive counseling in your home community, our recommendation is that you continue services with that provider. Specialized or intensive clinical services that require more than our short-term, goal-focused therapy is outside our scope of services. Should you desire such services, we recommend receiving care from a mental health specialist in the Greater Pittsburgh community.

    We assist students who are experiencing concerns and needs that are interfering with their ability to be successful in school and/or with their individual personal growth, functioning and adjustment. Our objective is to facilitate adaptation, adjustment and resilient functioning in order to enable the student to continue enrollment in college and to pursue academic, career and personal success with minimal disruption or delay.

    Emergency Mental Health Assistance

    In the event of an emergency or mental health crisis:

    • Dial 911
    • Public Safety: 412-536-1111
    • ReSolve Crisis Services: +1 (888) 796-8226
    • Suicide Crisis Number: Dial 988