Sterling college offers counseling services free to any of our students. The purpose of providing these services is to improve their academic performance and emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. Research indicates that students who struggle socially or emotionally are more likely to either drop out of school or transfer. We aim to reach out to those students, so that their college experience can be more enjoyable and successful.

Clinical counseling services are provided by Lydia Butner and Danika Drake. Lydia holds an MA in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University and is licensed by the state of Kansas as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Danika has an MS degree in Family Therapy from Friends University, and she is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist.

Coaching is also available and provided by Heather Oden. Heather holds a BS in Education from Sterling College, and has achieved certifications as a Life Coach (World Coach Institute), and Sexual Assault Advocate (The Center for Legal Services at Kansas State University). 

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Office Hours/Location

Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00 in Kelsey Hall. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments are preferred. 

To make an appointment:

Services include:

  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Crisis Evaluation and Intervention
  • Individual Counseling
  • Psycho-educational Groups
  • Referral Services
  • Life Coaching
  • Sexual Assault Advocacy

These services are confidential in nature. All records are confidential and separate from any other record on campus. The content of all sessions is confidential with these limitations: if there is an immediate or imminent threat of personal harm to self or another person, if there is a report of ongoing abuse to a minor, or if the student is under 18.
Issues that can be addressed may include but are not limited to...

  • Anxiety
  • Depression/ Suicide
  • Alcohol/Drug Issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Relational Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief
  • Identity issues
  • School Problems
  • Sexual Abuse or Domestic Violence

Sterling College is affiliated with Ulifeline, an online resource for students and faculty that provides information and screenings to promote student mental health and emotional well-being. If you need immediate help after office hours and cannot reach the RD or RD on call at 620-278-6218, please call 1-800-875-2544, the Crisis Intervention Hotline for Rice County, KS.