The Counseling Center is open and offers in person services, as well as virtual services for those who wish and are in the state of Maine. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or the flu, we ask that you let us know when initiating contact about an appointment so that alternate service delivery might be arranged.
The Counseling Center provides down-to-earth, confidential mental health services geared specifically to college students and provided by licensed professionals. Addressing a range of concerns – from adjustment and relationship difficulties to anxiety and mood disorders, the Counseling Center supports students navigating their college experience, ultimately reducing the impact of interpersonal, behavioral, and psychological difficulties that could interfere with a student’s quality of life and learning.
Within the Counseling Center, the Prevention & Advocacy Corner (PAC) develops comprehensive community response initiatives and effective prevention education programming to create an environment free of domestic and dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking- on campus, online, and in our community beyond.
Communication within the Counseling Center is confidential. Contact made with the Counseling Center and information resulting from individual sessions does not become a part of one’s student record. Such information cannot be released, even to one’s family, without the written permission of the student.
Counseling services are available to full and part-time Saint Joseph’s College students.
Limits of Service
Though the Counseling Center is primarily a short-term agency, staff can help you explore options if extended service is needed. Client concerns that require more intensive care, certain specialization, or hospitalization may be referred to mental health providers in the community.
Friends, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to recommend Counseling Center services when there is concern about a student; however, the responsibility for setting up an appointment belongs to the student.
Appointments and Hours
For a student to make an appointment, or to learn more about available services, he/she can call (207) 893-6631. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Counseling Center is located on the first floor of Saint Joseph’s Hall. The waiting period for an initial (non-emergency) appointment is generally no longer than one week.
The building in which the Counseling Center is housed is not handicap accessible; nonetheless, Counseling Center staff are happy to make alternate arrangements to meet individuals with physical disabilities.
There is no charge for psychological services for students currently enrolled in courses.
Individual psychotherapy or counseling is one alternative for many personal, interpersonal and academic concerns. Talking over and exploring issues in a relaxed, confidential setting with a professional is frequently helpful. The psychologist or social worker and the student work together to define and discuss personal issues and to reach mutually agreed upon goals.
Substance Abuse Evaluations
Counseling Center staff is available to meet with students to discuss concerns related to alcohol or other substances. Most often the goal of this work is to help students reduce negative consequences associated with their substance use. Usually an assessment involves two meetings, as well as the completion of several questionnaires.
Couples and Family Counseling
Couples/Family counseling is available on a limited basis for students when their issues seem related to their primary relationships. In this approach to treatment, the couple or family meet with a clinician who assists them in identifying problem areas and in developing more effective ways of communicating and interacting.
Sometimes it is helpful for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to consult with Counseling Center staff about a student for whom there is concern. Such consultations can be via telephone, virtual, or in person.
Prevention and Educational Programs
The Counseling Center offers training and presentations to campus groups. Frequently requested topics include depression, stress management, improving academic skills, assertiveness training, expressing and managing anger, etc.
The Counseling Center provides crisis intervention for individuals, as well as in situations that affect the larger campus community. Emergency contact during regular office hours can be made either by phone or in-person by coming into the Counseling Center. Staff provides on-call telephone coverage after hours and on weekends during the academic year when classes are in session.
Liz Wiesen, Psy.D.
Liz is a licensed psychologist and the director of the Counseling Center. She received her doctorate in psychology at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, and completed her pre-and post-doctoral internship at the University of Maine Counseling Center, Orono, Maine.
Outside of work, Liz enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and canoeing. She’s an animal-lover and an avid fan of college basketball. Her most memorable (and embarrassing) college experience involved getting inadvertently locked in the library when it closed early for Thanksgiving break.
David Lischer, LCSW
David is a licensed clinical social worker. He received his graduate degree in social work from the University of Maine, Orono, and completed his internship at the Mid-Coast Hospital Psychiatric Unit. Continued professional development has focused on mindfulness-based approaches.
Outside of work, David enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his mischievous sprite of a dog, Elsie.
Angie Moorman, LCSW
Angie is a licensed clinical social worker. She earned her graduate degree at Barry University in Miami, FL. Working with college students is a dream come true for Angie. In addition to other interventions, Angie is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through EMDRia.
Angie relishes all that Maine and New England provide, tromping through the woods or swimming in lakes and the ocean. An avid reader, Angie often has multiple books going at once. Spending time with friends, family, and critters—hiking and camping, eating yummy meals, playing board games–is pretty much The Best.
Counseling Center canine assistant.
In the SJC Magazine
NOH8 – Counseling Center launches a movement to emphasize the importance of respect and civility called Stand Up 2 H8, or NOH8 for short. Three friendly canine assistants wag their tails and affably smile with their pink tongues lolling out. A hound mix named Olive and two terriers named Elsie and Francie welcome students who visit the Counseling Center…
Saint Joseph’s Hall- First floor
Liz Wiesen, Psy.D.
David Lischer, LCSW
Angie Moorman, LCSW