Counseling Services

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Hello. We're pleased to meet you!

We offer short-term individual, couples and group counseling for a diverse student population. The counseling process can help students learn skills to cope with problems and develop new ways of thinking, which may lead to a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

Your time at Western Michigan University may include stress, complicated decisions or challenging situations. Counselors help students identify challenges and make changes to manage the emotional and social difficulties that might complicate college life:

  • Relationship or family conflicts
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Grief or loss
  • Social and peer pressure
  • Sexual identity questions
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Adjusting to college life
  • Feeling down or depressed
  • Body image or eating disorders

How we work with you

Every student is unique, so we tailor our services to suit your particular needs. We collaborate with other clinicians at Sindecuse or outside care professionals to ensure counseling supports other care you may receive.

We take a holistic approach when working with you to treat the whole person. Our counselors are licensed mental health professionals and graduate student trainees under close supervision.

Your first visit

When you first come to the health center, you'll start with the receptionist on the main floor, check in at registration, then come upstairs to Counseling Services for a short intake meeting with a counselor. After this meeting another appointment will be scheduled at the earliest available time. 

Please inform the receptionist if your situation requires immediate attention. Special arrangements will be made for you to meet with a counselor as soon as possible.

Confidentiality

Counseling Services respects your right to privacy. Your consent is required before any information is released to a third party. In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), patient health information is maintained in confidence throughout Sindecuse Health Center and Counseling Services. Here is the privacy policy.

Eligibility

Counseling services are available to all enrolled WMU students with full- or part-time status, including those at regional campuses.

Educational outreach

Our counselors work with groups across the University to inform and educate on mental health topics. Presentations may be arranged by calling (269) 387-1850.

Make a personal counseling appointment. Call (269) 387-1850 today.