Student Counseling Services

You are never alone at Touro Nevada. Through Student Counseling Services, you can receive psychotherapy and crisis intervention in a nonjudgmental environment. Services are free to all students regardless of health insurance.

The health and wellness of the Touro University Nevada community is always our first priority. Student Counseling Services remains open to serve TUN students.  We are committed to serving you through in person or telehealth visits. We offer video sessions through a confidential, HIPAA compliant platform. To schedule your appointment please email us at scs@tun.touro.edu, call 702-777-9971, or visit our online portal at studentwellness.tun.touro.edu.

We will connect you with with licensed psychologist, Dr. Carla Perlotto, licensed clinical professional counselor, Deborah Housley, and licensed marriage and family therapist, Laura Simmons, who are available for consultation. 

Reasons to Seek Service

Student Counseling Services are available for:

Professional School Adjustment Death, Grief, and Loss Anxiety
Substance Abuse/Gambling Home Sickness Stress
Relationship Concerns Eating Disorders Loneliness
Communication Issues Depression Anger
Emergency and 24 Hour Services

Don't wait to get help if you are having a mental health emergency outside of business hours.  Please call:

Additional Resources

Drug-Free Schools and Communities 

Touro Nevada is committed to preventing the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol. Review our Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations Biennial Review 2018-2020 on compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.

SCS Services and Programs

Personal, professional, and academic work-life integration may feel challenging at times. Free student counseling services are offered with the Student Counseling Services staff. This confidential service is available through appointment.

If you need to schedule an appointment, email scs@tun.touro.edu or call 702-777-9971.

If this is your first time or your thousandth time, Monday Meditation is a good place to grow your practice. Each week we offer a guided meditation. The group discusses meditation, the benefits, and reviews relevant apps and methods to enhance practice. All Touro staff, faculty, students, and their significant supports are welcome to join. No experience with meditation is needed. Bring an open mind and a desire to enrich your life.

Monday Meditation is every Monday at Noon. 

Koru Mindfulness is an evidence-based meditation practice that aims to “give participants tools for quickly reducing distress… [and] emphasizes cultivating positive emotions like self-compassion and gratitude.” Koru Mindfulness was developed with consideration for the challenges that emerging adults often face. Its title, Koru, is derived from a New Zealand Maori word that signifies balanced growth.

If you would like to participate, email tun.koru@touro.edu.

Student Counseling Services provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to receive training and earn certificates in the following areas:

  • Mental Health Wellness and Knowledge
  • Violence Intervention and Prevention:  Creating Safe Communities Program for Medical/Health Professionals
  • Drugs: From Prescription to Addiction to Recovery
  • Inclusive Care

The certificate programs are co-sponsored by campus and community organizations such as the Rainbow Health Coalition, the Rape Crisis Center, Neurology and Psychiatry Student Interest Group, Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and Alcohol and Other Drug Committee. 

TUN receives grant-funding from SAMHSA’s Garret Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant, which focuses on enhancing mental health services for college students struggling with serious mental illness/emotional distress and substance abuse. TUN is committed to addressing the prevalence and severity of mental illness among medical students by growing the institution’s infrastructure and network of mental-health and substance-abuse treatment resources and services, and increasing the capacity of resiliency, emotional well-being, and mental health of all TUN students, including those traditionally underserved and underperforming student groups.

The grant allows us to host programming for the Touro Nevada community. 

Touro University Nevada’s Student Counseling Services has partnered with Aura, a personalized mindfulness and meditation app company, to bring each member of the campus community a free subscription.

The award-winning app offers thousands of mindfulness meditations, life coaching, sleep stories, and psychoeducation from coaches around the world. Aura gives you the personalized support to help with stress, anxiety, sleep, personal growth, and more.

Here’s how you redeem your free subscription from Aura:

1. Visit the Aura website (https://app.aurahealth.io/redeem/touro).

2. You must use your Touro University Nevada email address.

3. Follow the directions to download the app and log in.

Graduate school can be challenging for partners, friends, and families alike. Your supporters deserve to feel supported. TUN happily invites all behind the scenes contributors to connect with one another through the Plus One Program. The Plus One initiative gives your loved ones a safe space of their own to relate, release, and recharge, whether it is your intimate partner, your best friend, or your roommate.  We offer virtual events and chats for all Plus Ones in the TUN community to thrive together.

eCHECKUP TO GO programs are self-assessment tools to be used by individuals and are completely anonymous. These programs are personalized to TUN, evidence-based, online behavior interventions that offer feedback to the participant.

Wednesday Wellness

Welcome to Wednesday Wellness! In each email you will find helpful tips, articles, videos, quotes, poems, research data, and more. The dimensions of wellness don’t exist in a vacuum; when one area is off-balance, it affects other areas as well. This is how the SAMHSA defines each of the dimensions: Emotional: Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships Environmental: Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being Financial: Satisfaction with current and future financial situations Intellectual: Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills Occupational: Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work Physical: Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep Social: Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system Spiritual: Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life Wellness Wheel from https://www.samhsa.gov/wellness-initiative/eight-dimensions-wellness

Primal Therapy was developed by Dr. Arthur Janov, a psychotherapist who theorized that screaming could help release repressed childhood trauma. However, there are a number of other emotions and experiences that we often keep pinned away inside of our bodies. If you have ever stubbed your toe and held back the scream, then you probably know what this feels like. Screaming has a way of releasing us from this tension and lifting the veil from deeply rooted frustrations of all sizes.

Some benefits of scream therapy include:

  • Create an escape for trapped feelings
  • Connect us to the body and nervous
  • Increase strength
  • Release dopamine and endorphins; reduce cortisol
  • Have a little fun

Additionally, here are some places you may want to scream at without raising too much concern among family and neighbors:

  • In the car
  • While music is blaring
  • Into a pillow
  • In the wilderness

Learn more about Primal Scream Therapy here:

"Be like the river encountering a rock— flow with grace around any obstacle."  -Scott Shaw

 It is not hard to imagine specific outcomes for our goals, projects, relationships, and lives. We're human! We like to dream of big moments and make predictions about how things will go. We use words like "should," "could," and "would," to fuel these dreams and predictions, which sometimes leave us in a state of disappointment, anxiety, or frustration if our reality pans out differently than what we envisioned. Expectations can do that to us.

Ask yourself if you are being realistic or rigid. Understanding just how directly your thoughts can affect how you feel will help you shift from unhealthy, negative emotions to a more flexible mindset. Knowing that life doesn’t always deliver what you expect or that people don’t always behave the way you want can help you manage healthy, negative emotions.

We all set expectations for ourselves and for others. The goal is to place them within realistic and achievable limits and to be flexible when things don't go as planned.

Here's a list of songs that may help you to embrace change:

  • “Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
  • “Optimistic” by Sounds of Blackness
  • “Change” by Faith Evans
  • “Tightrope” by Janelle Monae
  • “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
  • “Love the One You're With” by Isley Brothers
  • “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones 

Check out these resources:

Today's Wednesday Wellness is all about flow. If you have ever felt completely absorbed in something, you might have been experiencing a mental state that psychologists refer to as flow.  Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, a positive psychologist who has studied and developed the flow state for more than 5 decades, explains that flow happens when you are totally immersed in an activity, be it sports, music, art, or everyday work tasks. 
 
Some benefits of the flow state include:
  • Greater happiness
  • Greater enjoyment and fulfillment
  • Better emotion regulation
  •  Increased engagement
  •  Increased performance
  • Greater intrinsic motivation
  • Learning and development of skill
  •  Increased creativity
So, how do you get into a flow state? I'm glad you asked! In his book Flow, Csíkszentmihályi denotes some ways to increase your chances of getting into the state of flow.
 
From this came the Four F's of Flow.
 
Focus - Block out any distractions and concentrate solely on the task at hand. Use a focus exercise, such a mindfulness meditation, to help sharpen your focus before you begin your task.
 
Freedom - Allow yourself to work for a designated time frame (10-15minutes) without judging your efforts or worrying about mistakes you might make. Try to get rid of your inner critic and trust yours ability to solve problems.
 
Feedback - Set hourly timers to check in on your work and measure whether you are moving closer to your goals. Ask yourself, "What did I accomplish in the last hour?" and, "What can I accomplish in the next hour?"
 
Four Percent (%) Challenge - Improve your ability and performance by adjusting the difficulty of your task to be just 4% harder than your comfort working level. You can do this by reducing the time you give yourself to complete a task (30 seconds to 1 minute shorter than usual) and measure how frequently you meet your goal.
 
These four elements can help you to achieve flow and, ultimately, improve your performance and increase happiness in your life and work. 
 
Check out the resources below!
 
Cherry, K. (2022, February). What is a flow state? Verywellmind.com 
https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-flow-2794768
 
Flow, the secret of happiness by Mihaly Csikczentmihalyi. *YouTube (18:55)*
https://youtu.be/fXIeFJCqsPs 
 
How to Enter the Flow State. *YouTube (2:42)*
 
The Four F's of Flow. *YouTube (8:17)* 

 

Schedule an Appointment

Student Counseling Services

Phone: 702-777-9971
Monday-Thursday
7:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM-2:00 PM
Additional hours are available upon request
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Carla Perlotto

Carla Perlotto, PhD

Student Counseling

Director of the Office of Student Counseling

cperlott@touro.edu
(702) 777-2095

Deborah Housley

Deborah Housley , MS, LMHC, LCPC

Student Counseling

Student Mental Health Therapist

dhousley@touro.edu
(702) 777-3949

Shantara Belnavis

Shantara Belnavis , M.A.

Student Counseling

Wellness Coach

sbelnavi@touro.edu
702-467-0019

Tami Godfrey

Tami Godfrey

Student Counseling

Project Assistant

tgodfrey@touro.edu
(702) 777-3903