Sometimes making the transition from high school to college can bring on new stressors you may not have ever encountered. Counseling Services is here to help support you in your personal mental health needs; working through new transitions or challenges, facing difficult decisions, helping navigate relationships, gaining more resources for more positive coping strategies, or providing a safe space to talk about concerns for a friend or loved one. Counseling Services providers (Counselors) work with each client to create a plan that best fits their individual needs, toward self-improvement, problem-solving, coping with mental health symptoms, or managing through life transitions.
Provide Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Central College Students and Campus Community
The mission of Central College Counseling Services is to support the Mental Health needs of the students and community as part of the Central College mission, and its dedication to nurturing the development of the mind, while fostering spiritual and emotional well-being. Counseling Services, as related to a higher educational setting, focuses on development of the whole person and where the emphasis lies on education, outreach, and intervention.
To Fulfill This Mission, Counseling Services Will Work To:
Counseling in our office is person-centered, solution-focused and psychoeducational in nature. The goal is to help students resolve personal difficulties and acquire the skills, attitudes, abilities and knowledge that will enable them to take full advantage of their college experience. Our focus is on wellness and assisting students with their personal, developmental, and psychological concerns related to their educational progress and personal growth.
When off-campus expertise and/or psychiatric assistance is needed, Central counselors will assist students with the referral process. Students enrolling at Central with previously identified mental health needs may choose to continue with their current providers in addition to checking in with the counseling staff at Central, as needed. If the student is interested, campus staff can assist the student in identifying the resources that are available off campus. It should be noted that referrals to off-campus agencies may involve costs for which the student is responsible.
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Current students can schedule an appointment to see a counselor by calling 641-628-5656. Counseling services are not available on-campus during the summer.
The counseling services office is located on the second floor of the Maytag Student Center / Student Development Suite.