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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!

COVID-19 updates

For fall 2021 Counseling Services will offer our services via Tele-Counseling using Zoom or in person. For in person appointments you must be wearing a mask regardless of vaccination status.

If you are sick/have two or more of the following symptoms the therapy appointment will be moved to virtual and you will be asked to remain at home;

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Tele-Counseling services are only available to students that are physically in the state of Wisconsin.

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. 

Or schedule an intake online!

Online scheduling for intake appointments:

For first-time clients or returning clients who have not been seen in more than 90 days.

Schedule an appointment

If you need immediate assistance with crisis services, contact our office directly at 715-836-5521. (Last check in for crisis services is at 4:00, 5:30 on Wednesdays.)

Mental health services 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
    • ADHD Screenings are offered for $80
      • These screenings include the Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scale (CAARS), a clinical interview, the Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA), and a follow-up meeting to go over the results.
      • The $80 fee must be paid by cash or check.
    • 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.
Counseling Services hours
Closed
Counseling Services Spring Hours
Monday
  1. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday
  1. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday
  1. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday
  1. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday
  1. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday
  1. CLOSED
Sunday
  1. CLOSED
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.

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
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