Expanding Counseling & Play Therapy

The Counselor Education Training Clinic is now offering counseling services to greater Cape Girardeau residents. The clinic has offered free counseling to Southeast students since 2014. The idea to expand its services to the surrounding community developed after the opening of a Play Therapy Center in 2017, which gives graduate students an environment to learn play therapy counseling and offer those services to the area’s youth.

The clinic is staffed by master’s degree-level counseling interns who work with clients on concerns of anxiety, depression, relationships, grief and loss, family problems, low self-esteem, drug or alcohol use, oppression, LGBTQ and identity, sleep difficulties, and more. Fees are based on a low-cost, sliding scale.

The expansion into the community is beneficial for both the students and area residents.

The students serve as interns at the clinic, completing their practicum hours as counselors.
Dr. Kirsten LaMantia, assistant professor of educational leadership and counseling and coordinator of the clinic, provides in-person supervision to ensure clients receive quality assistance.

The clinic has been streamlined to function as a professional clinic, incorporating electronic medical records and iPads into the practice. The implementation of this technology allows the clinic to provide professional service to clients while preparing students for the administrative aspects of counseling careers.

The Counselor Education Training Clinic is located in the Mark F. Scully Building Room 318. The clinic is open for community appointments. For more information on available services or to schedule an appointment, contact 573.651.5169 or


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