BHSU Student Health Services and Counseling


Student Counseling Center

Our Commitment to You

Black Hills State University Counseling Center provides on-campus counseling to currently enrolled students. Our professional counselors at BHSU are committed to providing unbiased, culturally sensitive, high quality care to students in a non-judgmental, objective, confidential setting. Our counseling services are for a wide variety of concerns such as day to day stress, immediate crisis, academic concerns, relationship stressors, adjustment concerns, personal growth, trauma recovery, etc.

You Are Welcome Here

We are dedicated to affirming respect, compassion, and acceptance for all, and we celebrate diversity with regard to all backgrounds and identities, including but not limited to: ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds; languages; mental health; sexual, gender, and affectional identities; physical, sensory, and cognitive/learning abilities; body sizes and shapes; ages; relationship and reproductive statuses; military service; religious, spiritual, and philosophical beliefs; socioeconomic statuses; substance use and those in recovery; and others for whom there is not yet commonly shared language to discuss your identities.

We understand taking the first step toward change can be challenging. That’s why we want to help you understand what to expect during your first visit…

  • Contact Us!
    Contact us at the Health Services and Student Counseling Center via email (CounselingCenter@bhsu.edu), phone (605-642-6520) or walk in at the Health Services Desk in the Basement of the Student Union. You will be greeted by friendly support staff who aid the counselors and the health services staff with scheduling. All scheduling will be discrete and private. Our support staff works very hard to provide quality client service and to get you an appointment with a counselor as soon as possible.
     
  • Initial Consultation
    You will be provided a brief intake form with to help our counselors gather some background information about you upon the day of your first visit. The form will also have the privacy and confidentiality consent form attached for your convenience. Sessions last no longer than 50 minutes. During your first session, the counselor and you will begin to create a tailored action plan to work on together in counseling services. Since everyone has different needs, the therapists at BHSU work at the pace that is most comfortable to you. Most of the time, you’ll work with the same counselor throughout the duration of your time in counseling unless otherwise specified. Our clients are encouraged to find the best fit counselor for their needs. Clients are welcome to switch counselors if they would like at any time during the duration of services.
     
  • Ongoing Counseling Services
    You and your counselor will make appointments after each session. However, life happens. The support staff also help with rescheduling and initial client appointments to help streamline health services care. Depending on your needs, you may choose to schedule appointments weekly, biweekly, monthly, or check in when needed. This can be determined by you and your counselor after initial consultation.
     
  • Our counselors are committed to providing high quality care and meeting you where you’re at on your journey. Everyone arrives in a different place. Here are some common reasons BHSU students come to counseling…

    Our counselors are committed to providing high quality care and meeting you where you’re at on your journey. Everyone arrives in a different place. Here are some common reasons BHSU students come to counseling…


    Could this be you?


  • I'm stressed!
  • I have a hard time feeling comfortable around others.
  • Sometimes I feel I can’t go on.
  • I feel out of control when I eat.
  • Sometimes I feel like nobody cares.
  • I'm thinking about dropping out of school.
  • I'd like to learn more about myself.
  • I feel incredibly alone right now.
  • My partner and I just broke up - I feel hurt and angry. 
  • Something bad happened - it's hard to talk about it.
  • I'm not happy with the way I look.
  • Other people are worried about my drinking / smoking.
  • I'm always nervous and I can't stand it.
  • My friend is acting strange, and I don't know how to help him, etc.


  • If any of these sound familiar, there is chance counseling may be a good fit for you!

    Services Offered Free to Registered BHSU Students:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Success Coaching and Wellness Programming
  • Select Group Counseling Services / Support Groups
  • Drug and Alcohol Education (CHOICES Program)


  • OPTIONS Program:

    What is OPTIONS? OPTIONS is Black Hills State University’s alcohol/drug abuse psychoeducation program. This program is based on an educational and harm reduction approach. The intention is to engage students in a self-reflective process, in a non-judgmental environment, where they may notice substance-use behaviors, contemplate whether a change is desired and be given new knowledge to help create a personal plan. (If sanctioned by the University for a drug or alcohol violation a fee may be incurred.)


    NEW!

    Free supportive text or phone counseling after office hours:
    Feeling Overwhelmed? Need a Listening Ear? Contact Us 24/7!
    Text 4 Hope Helpline Center: Text “BHSU” to 898211 or call 1-800-273-8255

    Our Office

    Located in Student Health Services in the Basement of the Student Union.
    Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    Counseling appointment hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm M-F or by special request.
    Contact our office at 605.642.6520 or email us at CounselingCenter@bhsu.edu to schedule an appointment.

    Not sure if counseling is for you? Click here to learn more...

    Meet Our Counseling Staff:



    Dr. Lois Flagstad, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs, Director of the BHSU Counseling Center
    Woodburn 214

    (605) 342-6599
    lois.flagstad@bhsu.edu


    Tracy Hunt, LPC-MH, QMHP
    Student Union 007

    Education / Training:
    Master of Science in Counseling: South Dakota State University 2006

    Theoretical Influences
    Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Person Centered Therapy

    Professional Interests
    Positive Psychology, Mindfulness Based Interventions, Wellness and Holistic Models, Parenting, Crisis Intervention, Anxiety/Depression, LGBTQI+, Relationship Issues


    Chelsey Groseclose, Professional Counselor, NCC
    Student Union 006

    Education / Training:
    Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling:
    University of South Dakota 2018
    National Certified Counselor (NCC)

    Theoretical Influences
    Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    Professional Interests
    Non-Traditional Aged Students, Positive Psychology, LGBTQI+, Mood Disorders, Suicide and Self-Injurious Behaviors, Interpersonal and Relationship Concerns, Psychopharmacology, Outdoor Therapy, Professional Identity Development, Nonverbal Communication

    Contact Us


    Counseling Center Office
    Phone: 605-642-6520
    Email: CounselingCenter@bhsu.edu
    Walk Ins at Health Services Desk

    to schedule an appointment

    Counseling Center - After Hours
    605-641-6988

    Public Safety 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    605-642-6297

    Public Safety - After Hours
    605-641-6988


    Hotline Information


    Emergency dial 911

    Sheriff's Department
    605-578-2230

    National Hopeline Network
    1-800-SUICIDE

    Text4Hope Helpline Center
    Text "BHSU" to 898211 or call 1-800-273-8255