Counseling and Wellness Services
The mission of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Counseling and Wellness Services is to promote academic success, psychological well-being, and healthy fulfilling relationships in the context of a balanced life experience for all PVM students.
Services are provided by Dr. Luana Nan, an Indiana licensed psychologist. Dr. Nan holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Bucharest, Romania, a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Utah, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Much of her training and professional experience has been in working with college students.
Dr. Nan brings to the PVM family her passion for, and commitment to, supporting students as they navigate the highly demanding academic and professional environments in a way that promotes their success, personal growth and well-being. Diversity, in its broadest sense, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, socio-economic status, religion, age, and abilities is highly valued and cultivated.
Contact Dr. Nan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (765) 494-7893 to schedule an appointment. If you choose to call, please, ask to speak with Dr. Nan directly. You do NOT need to IDENTIFY yourself when you call. If Dr. Nan is not able, please leave a voicemail for her and she will get back to you as soon as possible.
Counseling & Wellness Office Hours
Office is located in Lynn Hall, Room 1245.
- Monday: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- "Walk-in" services (requiring NO prior scheduling) are available:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:30 - 1:30 or Wednesday: 11:30 - 12:30
- "Drop-ins" are welcome anytime! If you see Dr. Nan's office door open, don't hesitate to come in!
Crisis / Emergency Services
If you have a counseling emergency and are unable to contact Dr. Nan, please, do one of the following:
During regular business hours:
After regular business hours, weekends, and holidays:
- Emergency (suicidal thoughts with plan or intent):
- Non-Emergency (suicidal thoughts but no plan or no intent):
Personal counseling can provide a safe space where you, assisted by Dr. Nan, can explore, clarify and make desired changes in different areas of your personal life, with increased self-understanding and awareness of what is important for your well-being. Students seek counseling for a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to: adjustments and transitions to the academic program or to the professional world, relationship issues, communication skills, identity issues, depression, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, healing from past trauma, and homesickness.
Each counseling meeting is typically 50 minutes long.
Academic counseling would entail one-on-one meetings with Dr. Nan to address issues with direct impact on academic/clinical work performance. Dr. Nan will help with time and stress management, improving concentration, strengthening study skills, adjustments and transitions to new academic and professional demands, communication skills, utilizing your learning style efficiently.
In this context, you and your partner, colleague, or roommate, can meet with Dr. Nan to address issues related to communication, intimacy/closeness, boundary setting, and conflict management. Together you can identify and negotiate your needs and expectations for the relationship and practice new ways of self-expression, real listening, and connection likely to strenghten the relationship and/or the community, while supporting your individual growth and well-being.
The group format (typically including 4 to 8 students) can be particularly beneficial in assisting self-exploration and understanding, and can provide a safe space for practicing new ways of self-expression and self-care. Students usually identify group connectedness and come to the realization that there are other people experiencing similar problems which can serve as major sources of support and encouragement. Groups are always created in a spirit of mutual respect and protection of confidentiality, and can take various approaches, from more "personal" to strictly psycho-educational, and some focusing on general themes while others on more specific issues/topics. Groups typically meet weekly for 1-2 hours, and their length can range from 8-10 weeks to a whole academic year. Example of groups are:
- Anxiety and Stress Reduction group (psycho-educational, focusing on relaxation and coping strategies and skills)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction group
- Assertiveness group
- Interpersonal group
- Women's group / Men's group
- Grief Support group
There is a lot of room for creativity in regards to the type of group that can be formed! Dr. Nan welcomes suggestions of new topics for groups that would respond to your preferences!
Many of us would agree that the academic/professional environment is a social arena that can present with many complex interpersonal issues. Consultation can be useful in helping you identify how to approach someone you are concerned about, how to open up communication about a difficult subject or in an intimidating context, conflict resoution, or just to check-in for self-assurance and validation. Dr. Nan is available for consultation any time (provided that she is not in a meeting) for students and faculty. If you prefer to schedule the consultation time, you are welcome to do it!
Presentations and Workshops
Dr. Nan can provide presentations on wide range of topics, including time and stress management, communication skills, maintaining healthy relationships, test anxiety, conflict management, understanding and addressing different learning styles, and many other issues of interest to students and faculty. Suggestions and requests for presentations and workshops are welcome! It is very much appreciated if the requests are placed at least 2 weeks in advance, to allow for adequate preparation.