Basic Information

The Counseling Center is located on the lowest level of Edwards Commons.

 Diane Ellis
       Diane Ellis, LPC, NCC
      Director of Counseling    

The Counseling Center is staffed by the Director of Counseling

Diane Ellis, the Director of Counseling, earned her B.S. in Business Education from Southeast Missouri State University in 1981 and her M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University in December 1988.  She taught full-time at her alma mater prior to accepting the position at Lyon.  She taught classes for several semesters at Lyon along with her counseling duties, but for now has decided to give up the formal classroom instruction and now only teaches through her counseling.


The purpose of Lyon College Counseling is to help all students achieve maximum benefit from attending Lyon. Our goal is to assist students in becoming wise, mindful, and balanced adults by helping them develop interpersonal skills, intrapersonal skills, life management skills and intellectual skills. The Counseling Center strives to help students in assessing themselves, building a sense of self respect and establishing a deeper respect for others and nature. The Counseling Center supports each student in integrating all types of learning experiences and contemplating their lives holistically while applying this not only to their lives at college but also throughout the rest of their lives.

Making an Appointment

You may make an appointment by calling:

Phone: (870) 307-7277  Administrative Assistant
Phone: (870) 307-7284  Diane Ellis

If Diane is unable to answer her phone, your call will be connected to her voicemail, you may leave your name and phone number and Diane will call you back as soon as possible.  You may also come by the office and schedule an appointment with the Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Pitts.  Appointments usually last approximately 50 minutes but shorter times may be scheduled.  Appointments are scheduled between 8 and 5 from Monday through Friday.

Counseling is offered free of charge to Lyon College students.  If you must cancel an appointment, please notify Diane or the Administrative Assistant in advance in order to open up your space for others.

What is Counseling?

Counseling is a confidential process during which you work with a professional counselor in becoming a healthier person--intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  During our academic year, approximately 16% of the student body at Lyon has been to one or more individual counseling sessions.


The Counseling Center staff subscribes to the Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association and to the professional laws of the State of Arkansas.  Adherence to these standards ensures the confidentiality of all counseling services.  You can be assured that all discussions with the counselor are private and no information about you can be shared without your written permission.  Confidentiality will be kept at all times with the following exceptions: 

  • When a client poses a clear and imminent danger to her/himself.

  • When a client poses a clear and imminent danger to others.

  • When legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed, i.e. a court subpoena.

  • When there is reason to suspect child/elder abuse.


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