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Counseling Services

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Counseling Services at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire offers free and confidential short-term solution-based mental health services to all UWEC students.

College can be stressful, but you don't have to deal with it alone

Counseling Services is here to help. We offer a number of free in-person and online resources so that you can get the support you need for a variety of issues, including mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention. 

Watch the video to hear more from our staff and students about the services that we offer and how we can help!

Mental Health Services offered include:

  • Group Therapy and Workshops
    • Group therapy is a great way for students to feel less alone with their mental health and to make supportive connections with others
    • Please visit our YouTube Page to view our Happiness Workshop or our Anxiety/Depression Workshop 
    • In addition to our general Process groups we offer populations specific groups
      • The Student of Color Group Spring meeting time is TBD. Please contact Cindy Yang or Paula Chiara for information on how to join 
      • The Gender and Sexuality Group meets on Fridays from 1-2:30 via zoom. Please contact Ashley Walton-Beal or Stefanie Benesh for information on how to join
  • Individual Therapy
    • Individual sessions typically last 45-50 minutes and the average number of sessions per year is 5
    • The most common presenting concerns include Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Procrastination/Motivation, Self-esteem/confidence 
  • Couples Counseling
    • Couples Counseling is available for students (only 1 member of the couple needs to be a student)
  • Assessments
    • Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Assessments are offered to students wanting to further explore their substance use patterns
      • These assessments typically take 3 sessions and involve a comprehension evaluation of substance use patterns
      • The cost is $100 if the assessment was sanctioned by the University, $160 if it was sanctioned by the court, and no charge if it is voluntary
      • Counseling Services does not provide AODA assessments that are required for DUIs
    • Eating Disorder assessments are available at no charge to students seeking more information on their body image and eating patterns
    • Counseling Services offers assessments to students in order to complete letters for gender affirming treatments based on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards. Counseling also works collaboratively with Student Health Services to prepare students for Hormone Therapy and provide support throughout the process. These services are offered at no cost to the student.
    • The First Offenders Forum (FOF) Alcohol Education Course. The First Offenders Alcohol Education Class is offered to current UWEC students who have received an underage drinking citation or would like to learn more about alcohol use in a group setting. Registration is available at Counseling Services, or the Service Center in Davies. Learn more here.
  • Case Management
    • Case management help is available for students to assist with referrals and making connections to community providers for longer term care.


You must be a currently enrolled student to access ongoing services at Counseling Services. If you are not enrolled in summer courses you will not be eligible for ongoing counseling over the summer, but we are available to meet to help connect you with other resources and our crisis drop-in sessions remain available.

COVID-19 Updates

For summer 2021 Counseling Services will continue to offer our services via Tele-Counseling using Zoom. We continue to offer intakes, individual counseling, AODA Assessments, group therapy, and brief crisis drop-in sessions in the Tele-Counseling format. These services are typically only available to students that are physically in the state of Wisconsin, but certain states have made exceptions allowing us to practice across state lines. Many of our clinicians have been granted temporary permission to practice in Minnesota until May 28, 2021. Please contact us if you have questions about other states. There will be no in person counseling services available. If you are in need of a private space for Tele-Counseling there will be private offices available for use at Counseling Services.    

To schedule an appointment, call (715) 836-5521 during our business hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. We are open 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Wednesdays. 

We're working hard to support students and their mental health needs virtually. In addition to Tele-Counseling services, you can now check out our Attacking Anxiety and Depression Workshop Videos, or see what our office is up to on Instagram and Facebook

We have also been collecting COVID-19 specific online resources:

Additional 24/7 Crisis Resources

  • Crisis Text Line - Text HOPE to 741741
  • Mental Health & AODA Crisis Line - 1-888-552-6642
  • National Suicide Prevention Line - 1-800-273-8255
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-4673
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233
  • TREVOR (LGBTQIA) Lifeline - 1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline - 1-877-565-8860
  • Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255

If you or anyone you know has been impacted by recent events, please know that Counseling Services is a resource that strives to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

We provide confidential short-term individual counseling, group counseling, and couples counseling. We also offer drop-in crisis sessions. Referrals to outside services are provided when necessary.

Counseling Services hours
Counseling Services Spring Hours
  1. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  1. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  1. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  1. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  1. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Effective starting Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018

*Please see above for updated hours related to COVID-19 health recommendations. 

During winter/summer breaks we close at 4:30 on Wednesday.

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