United Tribes Technical College
Wellness Center Building 69
Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm
To schedule an appointment:
Our Mission & Values Statement
The Counseling Center’s mission and vision are to provide support services for UTTC students and families to enhance lifelong learning, personal growth, and educational success. A holistic, healthy student is the center of our vision. This includes emotional and social, mental, physical, and spiritual growth in the learning environment and campus setting.
Our staff strives to maintain the highest ethical standards to protect every student’s well-being. We value the quality of student life and are committed to honor and respect all Native Americans and their respective cultures. Our team expresses these values through listening, confidentiality, trust, honesty, competence, integrity, courteousness, care and professionalism.
Each student is unique. Reasons students seek counseling are many. Some of the most common reasons are listed below.
|Academic Stress and/or Test Anxiety||Relationship Conflict (e.g., roommate)||Anger Management|
|Depression||Sexual Harassment||Emotional and Behavioral Concerns|
|Anxiety||Family Conflict and Concerns||Substance Use/Abuse|
|Finances||Suicidal Thoughts||Uncertainty about Career/Life Goals|
|Relationship Violence/Sexual Assault||Weight Issues/Eating Concerns|
Meeting with a Wellness Counselor at the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center is free for current United Tribes Technical College students and their immediate family members. Students are assigned to a counselor in relation to their degree program (please see Counselor info). If student concerns would more appropriately be addressed by another agency, the proper referral(s) will be made. Wellness Counselors provide therapeutic interventions, including supportive counseling, meditation, and relaxation techniques.
Katy Thomas, LMSW
Hello! My name is Katy Thomas, and I have been with UTTC for over five years. I received my Bachelor of Social Work through the University of Mary in April 2017. I graduated with my Master of Social Work in May 2021 through the University of South Dakota. I have had various background experiences when working with small children, youth, families, and elders in the community. Currently, I have been trained in EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), which is an alternative type of therapy I can assist my clients with. My pursuit is to continue counseling individuals/families in a therapeutic setting. Looking forward to meeting you and helping you find success along the way!
Degree Programs (Katy works with students in these degree programs.)
- Automotive Technology
- Criminal Justice
- Environmental Science & Research
- General Studies
- Heavy Equipment Operations (HEO)
- Welding Technology
Laura Heilman, LBSW
Hello! My name is Laura Leingang. I’m new to UTTC as of June 2021. I received my Bachelor of Social Work through the University of Mary. Most of my experience is from working with people with disabilities, but I also have worked with children and in a hospital setting. My ultimate goal is to counsel individuals and work with people who have special needs.
Degree Programs (Laura works with students in these degree programs.)
- Business Administration
- Computer Information Technology
- Elementary Education
- Graphic Design
- Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
- Human and Social Services
- Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems