Home » Academics » Academic Counseling

Academic Counseling

Academic Counseling

Life Chiropractic College West students come from a wide variety of cultural, personal, familial and academic backgrounds. Life West has an Academic Counselor on campus to assist students adapting to the rigors of chiropractic school.

The realities of being a chiropractic student can make it challenging to maintain one’s overall sense of well-being. Academic counseling complements chiropractic by helping students optimize their level of functioning. Students often access counseling services only after circumstances escalate. Counseling offers preventative techniques and strategies for avoiding personal crises and maintaining psychological, emotional and social wellness.

The Academic Counselor will work with you individually to help identify more efficient or effective ways of handling the demands of the program. As a result, the counselor’s role may shift or overlap from and among the following areas:

  • Study Skills Training – to determine learning styles, establish optimal study patterns, identify available resources, adopt relaxation techniques, evaluate test-taking strategies, address impediments to the learning process and more
  • Personal Issues – to address specific concerns interfering with academic progress such as anxiety or to optimize overall level of functioning through verbalization, meditation, visualization
  • Disabled Student Services – to address learning barriers such as known or suspected disabilities and to facilitate the provision of accommodations upon receipt of documentation substantiating a disability
  • Complaint Resolution – to receive and evaluate complaints of discrimination. The Academic Counselor also serves as the College’s “504/ADA Coordinator” for disability issues, “Title IX Officer” for gender issues and “Title VI Officer” for racial issues

Here are other areas where the Academic Counselor can assist you:

  • Learning stress management, relaxation
  • Building self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Developing organizational skills
  • Overcoming test anxiety
  • Learning new communication skills
  • Coping with grief, loss, and depression
  • Enhancing your awareness and sensitivity to others
  • Adjusting to new surroundings/circumstances, or a new culture
  • Managing the course load while maintaining a successful and satisfying educational experience
  • Identifying test-taking strategies
  • Developing better study skills
  • Making referrals to outside evaluators for in-depth evaluations or therapeutic intervention
  • Screening for disabilities
  • Facilitating academic adjustments or accommodations for students with disabilities
  • Facilitating the complaint resolution process


The College’s counseling office adheres to the ethical principles set forth by the American College Counseling Association (ACCA). No information that students share in counseling is released without their written permission, except in the rare instance when the counselor believes such disclosure is necessary to protect the student or someone else from imminent danger, or when such disclosure is required by law. Academic Counseling records are maintained by the Academic Counselor and kept separate from student academic files.


  • Academic counseling hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The Academic Counselor is located in the Academic Success Center in Room 107D.
  • Appointments can be made by contacting Academic Counselor Lori Pino at 1 (800) 788-4476 Ext. 2061 or lpino@lifewest.edu.