Student Counseling Services
Lake Area Technical College offers confidential counseling to students at no charge. These services are provided to help our students attain a positive mental health and wellness outlook. In addition, our professional staff has access to self-help tools and community offerings that students may find helpful. Please explore this page and learn about the wide range of services and resources we have available to our students during their time at Lake Area Tech.
We’re Here for You
|Student Counseling Services|
1201 Arrow Ave.
Watertown, SD 57201
8 AM – 5 PM
7 AM- 4PM
Ext. 216 & 337
Schedule with Stephanie
College is an exciting time in our students’ lives but we understand that, in addition to new, positive experiences, there can be challenges that affect mental health and academic progress. Lake Area Tech offers individual, confidential counseling to help with those challenges. Topics include, but are not limited to stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. Walk-in counseling services are available during office hours. Or, you may schedule an appointment through the methods listed in our Contact Us box above.
Meet Our Counselors
Stephanie Traversie, Counselor/Student Support
Stephanie is located in the Net and is available during the school year Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Her summer hours are 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Walk ins welcome! No appointment necessary (but it is suggested to ensure she is available and not with another student). Appointments can be made by calling the number below, emailing the address below, or clicking on Stephanie’s Calendly link below.
605-882-5284 Ext. 337
Jillian Viessman, Counselor
Jillian is located in the Net and is available during the school year Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Her summer hours are 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Walk ins welcome! No appointment necessary (but it is suggested to ensure she is available and not with another student). Appointments can be made by calling the number below, emailing the address below, or clicking on Jillian’s Calendly link below.
605-882-5284 Ext. 216
Please note: Students must be located in the State of South Dakota at the time of the counseling session in order to receive services as Lake Area Technical College currently employs counselors licensed in the State of South Dakota.
Anyone currently involved in, or who may become involved in legal proceedings, must be aware this type of counseling is outside the scope of services at Lake Area Technical College.
Mental Health & Wellness Resources
Whether you need someone to talk to, something to do, or somewhere to go to alleviate the day’s stress, explore the many resources that are right here at your fingertips.
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Lake Area Technical College faculty, please reach out to us if you feel your students would benefit from a classroom presentation. Counselors are available to talk about mental health and wellness issues. Presentations can be tailored to meet your needs. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance.