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Local university offers therapy for those in need

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Story by: Jordyn Taylor

MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) - Counselors at ULM are opening their doors to those who are in need of support. The university had it's grand opening of two new facilities - that they want the community to take advantage of.

"One of the areas that we are working with are individual mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety issues" said Community Counseling Center Director, John Pope. 

The Community Counseling Center has several therapy rooms - and an observation room where students can watch real life therapy sessions for their course studies.

"The observation room that we have here is used to really increase and improve what we're providing to our clients,"said clinic director Bethany Simmons.

The Marriage and Family Clinic is also equipped with cameras and new technology. But the clinic is now offering it services on campus - and not at it's former location on Bon Aire.

"That was a university initiative to try and bring us all back together here on campus," said Simmons. "And we really be more accessible here to our students and faculty."

But the new facilities- aren't just for students. The university said it's services are for anyone in need of help. And the services don't come with a hefty price tag - in fact some people may qualify to get help for free.

"We don't turn anyone away," said Pope.

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