Mental Health Resources

Purdue University and the Greater Lafayette area offer mental health services for students, staff, and faculty.

This page lists a variety of mental health services and resources, both on campus and in the community. If you are having suicidal thoughts, it is important to seek help immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 and ask for assistance.


LGBTQIA+ Support Group | On-Campus Services | Telehealth/Online Options | Off-Campus Mental Health Services

On-Campus Resources

Purdue Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Students have access to 12 free therapy sessions per year at Purdue Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). All CAPS therapists are LGBTQIA+ affirming and have attended Safe Zone training.


CAPS Services:
WellTrack App

Students have access to the free app WellTrack, a suite of online tools and courses that uses aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients identify, understand and address issues that they are experiencing.

Purdue Counseling and Guidance Center

Purdue Psychology Research and Treatment Center

Telehealth & Online Options

Off-campus Options

Faculty & Staff

Online Support Services Unaffiliated with Purdue

Online therapy services

Supportive organizations and hotlines

Best Practices for Finding a Therapist

  • Review the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) guide to finding a LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist
  • If possible, look for a therapist that is located close to you so that you can meet with them regularly without having to cancel appointments
  • Ask your health insurance company to email you a list of in-network therapists located near you. 
  • Check with your insurance company regarding the number of sessions covered, co-pays, and dealing with out-of-network reimbursements before your first session. Learn more about how health insurance works. 
  • Verify with the therapist regarding the insurance they accept (although we have tried to list insurance for each therapist, this information can change over time)
  • Be on time for your appointment and cancel any appointment 48 hours ahead of time in extenuating circumstances (this will help avoid late cancellation charges)
  • If you do not have a car:
    • Check with a friend and see if they are willing to provide transportation
    • Use the CityBus service
    • Use a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft
  • Get a refill for your medication a week out in advance.


Review the on-campus resources below that can assist you in managing your prescribed medications:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Psychiatric Services within Purdue provides medication management and evaluation services. Learn more

Memo: "Treatment of Psychological Diagnoses at PUSH
October 30, 2018

The Purdue University Student Health Service (PUSH) recognizes that psychological concerns and psychotropic medication are issues for a number of students and families. PUSH also recognizes that the resources of PUSH medical providers, within the scope of their clinical practice, have the training and skillset to provide limited services to students who present with an uncomplicated, single psychiatric diagnosis, and are in need of short term medication. PUSH providers may write one, 14-30 day, prescription for a student who has been on the same medication in the past three months with no untoward effects. PUSH providers may evaluate a student requesting new medication when the student brings in clinical records or summary from a previous therapist or psychiatrist (and in the case of ADHD, diagnostic testing). PUSH medical providers cannot provide the on-going level of care that students may need for a psychological concern. PUSH medical providers cannot provide care to students who have been hospitalized within the last 6 months, who may not be responding to psychotropic medication, or who are thinking of harming self or others. These students will be referred from PUSH medical providers to a higher level of care."

Purdue Retail Pharmacy

Robert E. Heine Pharmacy Building, Rm. 118
(next to Purdue University Student Health Center)
Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm
Summer hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-noon, 1:00pm-4:30pm


  • Most major prescription drug plans accepted
  • Private patient counseling is available with all prescriptions
  • Preferred provider for the Purdue Student Health Insurance Plan
  • Variety of non-prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medications available for purchase
  • Cash, check, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover), and most FSA/HSA cards accepted

LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapists

The drop-down boxes below list some of the many mental health care providers in the area who provide LGBTQIA+ affirming care. This is not a complete list of local therapists who provide excellent care; rather, it is a starting point for anyone who is looking for off-campus therapy.

Julie Beckwith, Psy.D, HSPP

Modern Mental Health, Inc., 1330 Win Hentschel Blvd Suite 202, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906
Insurance Accepted: Anthem, BlueCross and BlueShield, Out of Network

Neelu Chawla, LMFT

Emerge Healing and Wellness, Purdue Research Park, 1201 Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906 
Phone: (765) 201-7291 
Please contact her first to determine if she is a good fit for you. 

Amanda McKinney, Psy.D., HSPP

Modern Mental Health, Inc., 1330 Win Hentschel Blvd Suite 202, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906
Phone: 765-444-3999
Insurance Accepted: Anthem, BlueCross and BlueShield, Out of Network
Also a provider on LiveHealth Online (which students have free access to through the student resource insurance). 

Ben Reagan, Psy.D., HSPP

Modern Mental Health, Inc., 1330 Win Hentschel Blvd Suite 202, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906
Phone: 765-444-3999
Insurance Accepted: Anthem, BlueCross and BlueShield, Out of Network

Audie Whitaker, MSW, LCSW 

West Lafayette, Indiana 47906 
Phone: (765) 345-4137
Insurance accepted: Anthem, BlueCross and BlueShield, Cigna, Medicare, UnitedHealthcare.
Typically gets booked early but will respond to all queries and put people on a waitlist.

Gen Judayna, LCSW

162 Sagamore Pkwy W, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906 
Phone: (765) 780-0886
Insurance accepted: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Caresource, Cigna, Coventry, First Health, IU Health, Medical Mutual, and Sagamore Health Network
Does not accept Medicaid or Medicare; Part of the LGBTQ+ community

Kelly Dardeen, Ph.D., HSP

Suncrest Psychological Services, LLC, 674 N. 36thStreet, Lafayette, IN 47905
Phone: (765) 607-1097
Insurance Accepted: Anthem, Caresource Marketplace, and Medicare
Currently full with openings in late fall semester.

Lou Ann Hamilton, LCSW

Associated Psychotherapists, 911 North 18th Street Lafayette, Indiana 47905
Phone: (765) 587-3254
Insurance accepted: Anthem, BlueCross and BlueShield, Out of Network;
Will see clients who have to pay out of pocket for reduced fees; best way to contact is via phone. 
She has personal experience with the LGBTQ community and is an advocate/ally of the community. 
Distance from campus: 2 miles

Brianna Johnston-Dexter, M.Ed. (Counseling), LMFT

Life Expressions Counseling, 100 Sawmill Rd, Suite 3101, Lafayette, Indiana 47905
Phone: (765) 250-6246
Best method to contact is via text or email.
Insurance Accepted: Anthem, UMR, United Healthcare, Purdue HAS

Willowstone Family Services Mental Health

Howarth Center, Suite 101, 615 North 18th Street , Lafayette, IN 47904
Phone: (765)-423-5361
Insurance accepted: Indiana Medicaid or HIP insurance coverage or self-pay individuals. For those who do not have insurance, they offer services on a sliding fee scale.
Call to schedule appointment but mention: referred by the LGBTQ Center
They currently have a waiting list: but it fluctuates 
Distance from campus: 2 miles

Sycamore Springs

833 Park E Blvd, Lafayette, IN 47905

  • Treats mental health and addiction issues
  • Child and Adolescent Programs
  • Adult Inpatient Programs
  • Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Intensive Outpatient Program

Franciscan EmPATH Lafayette

1701 Creasy Lane, Lafayette, IN 47905

The EmPATH unit at Franciscan Health Lafayette East is focused on treating and stabilizing patients experiencing a psychiatric crisis. This trauma-informed team collaborates with community resources to connect patients with the behavioral health care that is right for them.

Purdue Counseling and Guidence Center

Beering Hall, College of Education
Purdue University
Room 3202
100 North University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Phone: (765) 494-9738

There is no charge for either the individual counseling services, tests or inventories that might be administered as part of the counseling process.

Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics

Purdue University
Lyles-Porter Hall, Second Floor
715 Clinic Drive
West Lafayette, IN  47907
Telephone:  (765) 494-6977

For all three clinics, there is a standard fee of $25 for the first session. Fees for any additional assessment and treatment are determined on a sliding-scale basis, according to your ability to pay.


Online counseling is not appropriate for all types of problems, and LiveHealth Online does not provide emergency services. Additional resources include the local Crisis Center (call toll free at 877-419-1632) and employees seeking information about health and social services in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties may call 765-423-CALL (2255).