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Counseling Services | Student Resources

Mid-Plains Community College life is full of innovative people, high expectations, and rigorous academic demands, as well as intellectual and emotional growth.

It is an exciting and challenging time of learning about self, others, communities, and the world. At times, all of these new challenges can be accompanied by feelings of fear, anxiety, and distress. When these feelings become overwhelming, or interfere with a student’s ability to function, counseling may be a good option. Many times, just having that therapeutic relationship can help a student to re-focus, cope, and gain back the confidence that is required to be successful in student, vocational, and personal roles. The MPCC Counseling Department is free of charge for all Mid-Plains students, and is here to help.

What is Counseling? 

Counseling is free for all Mid-Plains Community College students. Counseling is a process whereby those struggling with aspects of life enter into a therapeutic relationship with a trained mental health professional, life coach, counselor, or mental health practitioner in order to gain insight and make positive life changes.
This process typically involves exploring thoughts, reactions, behaviors, and emotions in order to better understand oneself. Counseling can assist in reducing feelings of stress, improving healthy decision-making, and enhancing relationships with others.

Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling is available on a short-term basis for concerns including, but not limited to:

  • Adjustment to College Life
  • Stress Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Grief & Loss
  • Substance Use
  • Eating Disorders
  • Rape, Sexual Assault, or Other Trauma Concerns
  • Self-Esteem
  • Family Concerns
  • Sexual Orientation and/or Sexual Identity Concerns

Self-Help Groups

Self-Help groups are voluntary non-profit associations of peers who come together to address a shared mental, emotional, or physical challenge. These peer-led groups are typically considered to be an adjunct to therapy, and often result in personal growth.

Smart Recovery Group 

Self-Management and Recovery Training is a self-empowering, scientifically grounded program that supports individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behavior or activity. The program teaches participants how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions to work towards long-term satisfactions and quality of life.

Outreach

Outreach is available to student organizations, student athletic teams, faculty, and staff for presentations and seminars.

Consultation

Consultation for concerns about others is available by contacting the counseling department by phone or in- person. 

Referral

Referral information for off campus providers and other resources are available in the counseling department by request.

Group Counseling

Group Counseling is an effective intervention for many types of problems. It provides a safe and supportive environment for sharing personal problems, and hearing about the experiences and perspectives of others. Groups through the Mid-Plains Counseling Department can address general or specific concerns. If you feel the need for a group to address a specific concern, please speak with a counselor.

  • Trauma Survivors Group (all female)

Crisis

During the academic year, after hours and weekend emergency and crisis assistance can be obtained by dialing 911, or contacting one of the following:

Brian Obert

1205 East Third Street
McCook, NE 69001
obertb@mpcc.edu

During Office Hours:
308-345-8109
Crisis After Hours:
308-362-7560

Janelle Higgins

1101 Halligan Drive
North Platte, NE 69101
higginsj@mpcc.edu

During Office Hours: 
308-535-3622
Crisis After Hours: 
515-419-5801

Faculty, staff, and students who have concerns about another person’s troubling or disruptive behavior are encouraged to consult with the Counseling Department, or one of the Deans of Student Services listed above.

Contact Us

Mid-Plains Community College Counseling Centers

Lyn Battreall MS, NCC, Area Counselor

McCook Office
1205 East Third Street 
Rm 118 Downstairs Von Riesen Library
(308) 345-8189 

HOURS: 
Monday | 9am-4pm
Thursday | 9am-4pm

North Platte - South Campus Office
601 West State Farm Road
Rm 109 McDonald-Belton
(308) 535-3722

HOURS: 
Tuesday | 8am-5pm
Wednesday 8am-7pm
Friday | 8am-3pm

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