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Counseling Services assists students in overcoming personal, emotional, and psychological issues in order to support them in achieving their academic, personal, and professional goals.

Each Lander student's University experience is, ideally, a time of personal as well as intellectual growth. Sometimes personal problems can develop which make it difficult for a student to achieve success. Counseling Services helps students in dealing with these problems once they occur.

Personal Counseling is available at no charge. These counseling sessions are confidential and tailored to accommodate each student's needs.

If more long term or specialized services are needed, counselors can make referrals to off-campus resources. Personal counseling is accessible by appointment or on a walk-in basis for students willing to wait for counselor availability.

The Office of Counseling Services offers:

  • Personal and individualized counseling sessions
  • Group counseling sessions
  • Substance Use awareness programs
  • Student development educational programs
  • Student development issues and concerns

Some common concerns are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family problems
  • Homesickness
  • Stress
  • Relationship problems
  • Time management
  • Low academic performance
  • Alcohol or drug abuse



Justin Brewer
Director of Counseling Services
864-388-8885  |  |  Genesis Hall


The transition to college can be an incredibly challenging adjustment. You need to learn new routines to deal with new people in a new place all while trying to meet the expectations you’ve set for yourself and maybe even those you feel others have for you. Trying to find balance in the middle of that process can be hard and overwhelming but you don’t have to do it all alone. Since 2010 I have been working with students at Lander to make those adjustments as they try to overcome the challenges that come with a new stage of life. I have helped students work through anxiety, depression, adjustment, grief and loss, anger, relationship difficulties, and decisions about majors and careers.   



  • Master of Education in Counselor Education – Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Clemson University, 2010)


License and Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (SC License #5578)
  • National Certified Counselor (Certification # 269055)


Professional Associations:

  • Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors
  • American Counseling Association
  • South Carolina Counseling Association


Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Hallie Snyder
Assistant Director of Counseling Services
864-388-8885  |  |  Genesis Hall


Life is hard. You know that.  I know that.  We all know that.

With that said, we don’t have to do hard things alone! No matter the issue, no matter the need, no matter the goal, I am here to help and support you through it all.  Since 2012, I have been helping individuals/couples/families overcome or learn to manage their mental health and heal invisible wounds. I have worked with severe and persistent mental illness, life transitions and adjustments, problematic sexual behaviors, and relationship struggles.

During our sessions, I like to make space for laughter, big feelings, and even silence.  I am happy to give you a safe place to talk about life, successes, and struggles while being challenged and pushed to achieve your goals. My only expectation of you, as my client, is to bring your authentic self into the room and I will gladly do the same.  Together we can make life a little less hard.



  • LMFT/Minnesota #4094
  • LMFT/South Carolina #7913



  • Master’s of Arts from Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities


Professional Associations:

  • Prepare and Enrich #1308419
  • American Assoc. for Marriage and Family Therapy #192254
  • Assoc. of Counseling Sexology & Wellness
Ian Kloss
864-388-8885  |  |  Genesis Hall


If you’re having a hard time, I am here to support you. My approach to counseling prioritizes the development of a trusting, candid, and collaborative relationship. I draw on a number of different styles of therapy but am particularly influenced by acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT); its emphasis is on developing flexible ways of thinking, mindfully experiencing, and adopting different perspectives and using this set of skills to engage with your most important values.

I enjoy working with clients on a broad range of issues, but I find it especially satisfying to be of help to people who are healing from trauma. I am trained in cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR); extensive research has shown these interventions to be effective for many people with PTSD and other issues. These approaches can alter the way you understand and experience distressing memories, helping them become more a part of your past and less an intrusion into your present.

I’d consider it a privilege to get to know your unique history, strengths, needs, and goals and to accompany you on the journey toward better functioning and a more fulfilling life.


  • Master of Science in Applied Clinical Psychology, University of South Carolina Aiken


  • NCC and South Carolina LPCA licenses currently in process

Therapy Modalities:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
Mikala Milligan
864-388-8885  |  |  Genesis Hall


Hi! My name is Mikala, I’m a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counseling-Associate (LPCA). As your counselor, I am here to support you in making meaning, creating comfort, and uncovering resources to help you be your best self. Focusing on your own actions and thoughts, I aim to provide a safe and supportive space where we can work together at your pace to reach your goals.

I operate from the basis of Reality therapy, Adlerian therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT). Reality therapy looks at the 5 basic needs—achievement, love/belonging, freedom, fun, and survival—and how to help you fulfill each through your choices and behavior. Similarly, CBT modifies dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and views by focusing on solutions and challenging distorted thoughts. Adlerian therapy focuses on feelings of inferiority versus superiority, discouragement, and the sense of belonging in one’s community. I aim to meet you where you are and focus on self-awareness, choice, problem-solving, and achieving your goals.

Counseling is a very intimate process and as such there are both benefits and risks associated with counseling. As we discuss unpleasant or uncomfortable aspects of your life, you may experience feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, depression, frustration, loneliness, shame and/or helplessness. Counseling is meant to allow you to process your feelings. There are no guarantees of what you will experience, but to benefit from the counseling process, you will need to be engaged in sessions and/or homework, committed, and actively focused on meeting your personal goals. You, the client, are an equal partner in the counseling process. Your honesty and effort are essential to your success and any suggestions or concerns should be communicated so that adjustments can be made.

Next Step

Please complete and submit the Intake Forms. Once the forms are submitted, a Wellness Center employee will reach out to schedule your initial appointment. Forms should be submitted to


How Well Are You?

Lander University provides free wellness screenings. If you decide to complete one of these screenings, you will learn if how you are feeling, acting, or behaving could be a symptom of something more serious. If this is the case, please call Counseling Services at 864-388-8885 to schedule an appointment with a counselor.

How Well Are You? (WeLRU) Screenings