Jackson College Oasis Center

Jackson College partners with Family Service and Children’s Aid (FSCA) to offer JC students and employees a wide range of behavioral health services. Licensed mental health and substance abuse clinicians, along with the Oasis Navigator, will be available to provide individualized support at the Oasis Center or assist the individual in obtaining services at FSCA main office located in downtown Jackson. The Oasis Navigator will connect students and employees with the appropriate community support to meet the individual’s needs.  The navigator will also provide advocacy for the individual.

Services for Students

During a student’s college experience, one might encounter situations that impact their learning environment. When these situations occur, support from the Oasis Center is available to provide short-term assistance. If the situation requires ongoing support, the Oasis Center staff can provide that level of support or will assist the individual in securing an outside agency to provide it.

Meeting individually with a licensed mental health clinician in a confidential setting can help students:

  • find clarity for their thoughts and feelings which may be overwhelming at times,
  • increase their problem solving skills, and
  • assist with improving their coping strategies.

A clinician can even help with:

  • developing a plan for the future,
  • time management,
  • sleep schedules, and
  • building life skills that will increase overall successfulness.

The Oasis Navigator is available to assist with identifying any needs a student might have and then connecting them with appropriate community resources and supports. The Navigator provides an additional layer of support for students and acts as a student advocate.

The Oasis Team is available to help students with:

  • Stress management
  • Test anxiety
  • Homesickness
  • Life transitions
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Personal or social problems
  • Family challenges
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger
  • Self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-worth, etc.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Trauma (i.e- car accident, medical, robbery, grief and loss, etc.)
  • Concerns regarding domestic violence or abuse
  • Sexual harassment or dating violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Conflict with roommates, classmates or others


Oasis Center records are strictly confidential and cannot be given to anyone except as required by the law. Behavioral health files are managed by FSCA and not part of the Jackson College record system. If you have concerns or questions related to confidentiality, please contact the Oasis Center directly and a staff member can answer your questions.

Services for Employees

Everyone, at some point in life, faces problems. Juggling the demands of home and work life can be stressful. Often employees believe the problem or conflict will “blow over,” when in fact it lingers just below the surface, waiting to erupt. When faced with dilemmas, conflict or even what one might consider a small problem, talking to a trained professional is the best option, before the situation starts to impact relationships or job performance.

Does seeking support at the Oasis mean “everyone will know my business”? No. Support is confidential as both state and federal statutes prohibit disclosure of information about behavioral health services without written consent. Employee support is available at the Oasis Center and at Family Service and Children’s Aid main office, which is located in Downtown Jackson. The goal is for employees to be comfortable in seeking out support.

At the Oasis Center, the clinicians and staff are highly trained and experienced in helping employees and their families with a variety of concerns including:

  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Marital or relationship conflicts
  • Family conflicts
  • Adjusting to divorce
  • Aging parent caregiving
  • Financial stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting concerns
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Work-related conflicts and issues

A $10 fee is due at the time of service for employees.


Oasis Center records are strictly confidential and cannot be given to anyone except as required by the law. Behavioral health files are managed by FSCA and not part of the Jackson College record system. If you have concerns or questions related to confidentiality, please contact the Oasis Center directly and a staff member can answer your questions.

Oasis Center Hours: Fall 2019

Day Hours
Monday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday Closed*

*When the center is closed, support is available by calling Family Services and Children’s Aid at 517.787.7920 and an answering service will connect you with a clinician. 

After-Hours Support

If the Oasis Center is closed, please contact Family Service and Children’s Aid at 517.787.7920.  Our after-hours answering service will connect you to the on-call clinician to assist you.

Another option is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is always available. It provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, in addition to prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. We can all prevent suicide. 1.800.273.8255


Lindsey Arthur, LLPC

Lindsey Arthur is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor. Lindsey is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive, welcoming environment for the Jackson College community to share and become empowered while addressing mental health and striving for success. She believes, “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway!” She has spent the last three years providing counseling services primarily to women’s specific population with an emphasis on substance use disorders, including experience in trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and a significant focus on grief and loss. Lindsey earned her master’s degree in counseling from Spring Arbor University.

Kaitlyn-WixsonKaitlyn Wixson, LLPC

Kaitlyn Wixson is a Limited License Professional Counselor. Kaitlyn is passionate about helping individuals create a healthy life for themselves and those around them here at Jackson College by addressing their mental health concerns and developing the skills necessary to overcome the negative effects of mental health symptoms. Kaitlyn believes that, “taking care of our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Our mental health is at the core of our functioning and YOU need to be okay to be able to function properly and live your best life.” Kaitlyn has spent her time in the field working primarily with substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and PTSD. Kaitlyn pursued her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University.

Lynn Guernsey, LLMSW

Lynn Guernsey earned her Masters of Social Work at Michigan State University and is a Limited License Social Worker.  Lynn has worked as a social worker providing mental health services specializing in therapeutic interventions including dialectic behavioral techniques, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioral interventions. Lynn worked as an advocate for the SANE Program (Sexual Assault Nursing Examination) and as a Board member with AWARE, Inc.  for 8 years. Lynn provides a safe environment to support personal growth and empowerment to live your best life.  “ Don’t let the behavior of others disturb your inner peace”

Employees of the Oasis Center are provided through Family Service and Children’s Aid (FSCA).

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Contact the Oasis Center

Justin Whiting Hall, Room 110

2111 Emmons Road
Jackson, MI 49201
After- Hours: 517.787.7920