Located on the top floor of the Davis Building, a brand new facility is raising curiosity throughout our school and community. At the helm of NUhope Community Counseling Center are Dr. Becky Sherman, Dr. Kim Lampson, Joanne Bartos, Renee St. Jacques, Chaitra Devereaux, and Heather Taylor.
“NUhope is a training clinic for doctoral students in counseling psychology at Northwest University. Our therapists are responsive to the needs of a multicultural community,” says the clinic regarding its purpose. Students, and perhaps even faculty, are not fully aware that this counseling center offers low-cost therapy group sessions.
Sherman, who serves as both the director and supervisor of NUhope, dreamt up the idea for the center. Lampson serves as another supervisor for the Center.
“NU values the needs of our community. A way of being able to meet the needs is by providing affordable counseling,” insisted Bartos, an intern at the Center.
In order to meet the needs of a multicultural community, both Sherman and Bartos speak Spanish, a unique offering from counseling in this area.
NUhope (pronounced new + hope) would like undergraduate students to raise awareness of the various services that they offer which can benefit friends, family members, or loved ones.
Although current NU undergraduate students cannot seek counseling with NUhope, students from the Masters programs and above can. Key differences between NUhope and the Wellness Center counseling services on campus do exist. The Wellness Center consists of interns from the 2-year Master’s Program, and NUhope has interns from the 5-year Psy.D. Program.
The cost of this very affordable counseling center is based on a sliding fee scale depending on the amount that patients can afford. Upon the completion of the first session, the clinician along with the client agree on the cost, ranging anywhere from $5-50 per session.
“NUhope is supporting Northwest University’s mission of serving with head, heart and hand,” said Sherman. “We are serving the greater community by addressing the mental health needs of the underserved.”
Written by Maritza Lino