Counseling & School Psychology Clinics

Types of Services

Services are provided to MSU faculty, staff, and members of the Starkville community and their families, including children and adolescents, are eligible for services available in the Box Lab. Potential clients can schedule an initial appointment for an intake or clients may schedule a return appointment by calling the Box Lab at 325-0717.

Because this is a training facility, service provision is subject to availability of Box staff, supervisors, and graduate student clinicians. Clients are screened by Lab staff for appropriateness for the Box Lab and any individual with needs beyond the abilities of the available clinicians will be referred to an appropriate service provider. Other than fulfilling class requirements or other options, students are encouraged to use the services provided the Mississippi State University Office of Student Counseling Services.

People typically seek counseling for personal growth or development, as well as when they experience:

Services include

Individual Counseling
Clinicians can assist individuals with a variety of personal issues, such as, academic or career difficulties, self-esteem, stress, adjustment, depression, anxiety, grief, sexual identity, relationship conflicts, eating disorders, alcohol and other drug abuse, behavior changes, and family of origin issues. Individuals diagnosed with more severe psychiatric disabilities whose needs are beyond the abilities of the clinicians will be referred to appropriate mental health care providers for long-term therapy and follow-up care. (Counseling)

Couples and Family Counseling
Clinicians work with families, couples, and others engaged in close relationships to alleviate the presenting issues or to restore distressed couples/families to a better level of functioning. The clinician usually meets the couple or members of the family at the same time. Clinicians working with couples/family are generally more interested in relationship dynamics (what goes on between couples/family members) rather than within individuals. Reasons for couple/family distress can include communication difficulties, incompatibility, intimacy, sexual difficulties, etc. (Counseling)

Group Counseling
Often individuals participate in psychoeducational group therapy in lieu of or in addition to individual therapy to address personal/interpersonal issues. Counseling and psychoeducational groups are provided depending on client need and staff expertise. Psychoeducational groups typically involve small, carefully selected groups of individuals who meet regularly with a Clinician for structured group sessions. These groups typically work on specific goals and objectives related to issues common to all group members. Examples of these types of groups include, but are not limited to, groups for time management, stress management, anger management, interpersonal relationships, social skills, personal growth, grief, sexual orientation, family issues, eating and body image concerns, and wellness. (Counseling)

The Staff will accommodate "walk-ins" as scheduling will permit. If the walk-in is a Mississippi State University student, they may be referred and encouraged to use MSU Student Counseling Services Office. Non-students may be referred to community counseling or private practice. (Counseling)

Waiting List
Any individuals seeking services, that are unable to be addressed within 24 hours, will be referred to MSU Student Counseling Services on campus (if an MSU student) or to community counseling or private practice if not an MSU student. (Counseling)

Educational Interventions
Educational interventions advocate parent/teacher cooperation through the use of consultation, application of cognitive/behavioral principles, and procedures to effect change within the educational environment. Examples of difficulties appropriate for this type of service include, but are not limited to: school failure, academic skills training, school under-achievement, peer relationship difficulties, social skills training, and goal-setting. Parent training assists parents to structure home routines, to develop and implement contingency management procedures, and to increase effective parent/child communications. Examples of difficulties appropriate for this type of intervention include, but are not limited to: ADHD, noncompliance, aggression, sibling rivalry, and oppositional behavior. (School Psychology)

Assessment and Intervention Services
The Lab offers assessment and intervention services for children, adolescents, and young adults who are having learning problems and/or school/home behavioral and emotional problems. Assessment services include intellectual and achievement tests, personality and behavioral assessment, academic assessments and behavioral assessments of children, and other forms of psychological evaluation. Some assessments are based on diagnostic interviews, while other assessments are based on standardized testing. Behavioral assessments may include observations (including classroom observations), interviews and/or structured play. (School Psychology)

The lab offers consultation services to parents, teachers, area K-12 schools and Head Start agencies (School Psychology)

To best meet client needs, the Box Lab staff may refer to other professionals if necessary. Other professionals may include, but is not limited to, appropriate mental health care professionals in the community, physicians for medication needs, psychiatrists for a possible psychiatric evaluation, or a nutritionist for education and meal planning. (Counseling and School Psychology)