We're Here for YOU

Sometimes you just need somebody who will really listen when you talk about what’s going on in your life. Other times you might need somebody who can help you do better in school and help you figure out the best next steps in your life.

Kirkwood Counseling Services offers a safe space for students where everything you share is completely confidential. Our services are available at NO COST to all students currently enrolled at Kirkwood.


Important Information for:

If you would like to meet with a counselor, we have options!

Counseling Services clinicians can see students in person for counseling sessions during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Students may also choose to meet with a counselor virtually, through Zoom. When you call or stop by to request a appointment, just let them know if you are preferring to meet in person or virtually.

Make an Appointment

If you have any concern about yourself or another student, with needs beyond counseling, please contact the Student Assistance team. By filling out the Student Concern Form, they will be connected with any resources needed, including counseling.

Our counselors are available to consult with faculty and staff for questions about mental health needs. Each of the academic department have been assigned a counseling liaison and they can help answer questions or connect you with additional supports from our team. Counselors are also available to present on various topics in face-to-face classrooms, or virtually.

If your need for assistance is more urgent, for yourself or someone you know, please be aware of the following community resources that are available 24/7:


National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

9-8-8 (nation-wide) – live chat online


Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741 anywhere in the US, 24/7


CR: Foundation 2 Crisis Line and Mobile Crisis Outreach
1-800-332-4224 – Local resource in Cedar Rapids


Linn County Mental Health Access Center (Cedar Rapids)


IC: CommUnity Crisis Center
1-855-325-4296 – Crisis Line
1-855-800-1239 – Mobile Crisis Outreach Program


Guidelink Center (Johnson County)


Your Life Iowa 
Live chat online –
Call: (855) 581-8111
Text: (855) 895-8398


Call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department

Services Offered

Professionally trained and licensed counselors are available to discuss personal, academic, or career issues that you may not be able to discuss with a friend, roommate, or family member.

Our counselors can also help you with coping strategies to assist in the stressors that get in the way of your academic and social functioning. As experienced and objective listeners, our counselors can help you explore your options, offer new ways to cope, provide helpful resources, or just listen.

Relational counseling is offered for students and their significant other, family member, roommate, etc. One person in the group needs to be a student at Kirkwood do be eligible.

Our counselors are active in the campus community promoting positive mental health and enjoy speaking to classes and groups around campus. Contact us if you would like us to speak to one of your classes or groups. Topics we present on include:

  • Boundaries
  • Healthy relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self-care

Make an Appointment

In Crisis?

If you're in crisis and need assistance during business hours:

  • Call 319-398-5540 or go to 3034 Iowa Hall to request assistance from a counselor

If you need assistance outside of business hours:

What is Counseling and How Does it Work?

Counseling is your chance to think out loud with an experienced and objective listener who can help you explore your options, offer new ways to cope with situations, provide information about helpful resources or just simply listen.


Does going to counseling mean I am “weak” or have something “wrong” with me?

Not at all. In fact, talking with a counselor is a healthy way to address the challenges you are facing, establish coping skills, develop personal insight and achieve academic and personal success.


What kinds of things do people talk about in counseling?

Personal concerns including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, dealing with roommates, homesickness, relating to classmates, self-esteem, dealing with grief, etc.

Academic concerns including, but not limited to: falling behind in class and strategies to catch up, low GPA, how to talk with an instructor, study strategies, testing taking strategies, time management strategies, etc.


What do you mean when you say that services are confidential?

All information shared in counseling sessions is confidential and will not be released to anyone (including parents, professors, other college staff members, or your friends) without your written consent, unless it is to protect you or someone else from imminent harm.


How much do counseling sessions cost?

Counseling is free of charge to all students. No insurance is ever billed for counseling services at Kirkwood.


How long does a counseling session last?

Sessions typically last about 50 minutes, depending on the student’s needs.


How often can I see a counselor and are there any limits to the number of times I can see a counselor?

The number of times you see a counselor varies depending on the counselor and the issues you may want to work on in counseling.


Does Kirkwood Counseling Services prescribe medications for mental health issues?

No. However, we do provide referrals to community agencies for evaluation, medication, and long-term therapy.


Will the counselor talk with me outside of sessions?

Counselors will not talk with you outside of their office (on campus or off campus) unless you talk with them first. They want to protect your privacy and the confidentiality of their relationship with you. You may initiate conversation if you feel comfortable and it is appropriate in the given setting.


Can I email my counselor?

Counselors will generally use electronic communication such as email, text messages, and phone messages only to arrange and/or confirm appointments, including the date and time of appointments.


How do I refer someone I have concerns about?

If you feel the situation is an emergency, call 911.

If it is not an emergency, in Cedar Rapids call 319-398-5540 or come to 3034 Iowa Hall or in Iowa City call 319-398-5540 or stop by the Student Services Office to speak with a counselor regarding effective strategies to encourage the person to utilize Counseling Services.

Having trouble adjusting to college? Feeling depressed, lost, or confused about your life? You're not alone. There are a lot of people who feel exactly the way you do.

Here are some resources that can help you learn more about what may be bothering you and what you can do to feel better.

Mental health is part of your overall health. Take an online screening, or call Counseling Services to make an appointment and speak to someone in person.

  • In Cedar Rapids, call 319-398-5540 or stop by 3034 Iowa Hall to schedule an appointment.
  • In Iowa City, call 319-398-5540 or stop by the Student Services Office to schedule an appointment.


Academic Success




Anger Management








Eating Disorders


Emotional Hygiene






Healthy Relationships


Mental Illness


Self Compassion


Social Media and Unplugging


Stress Relief


Substance Abuse




Test Anxiety


Trauma and PTSD



Hotline Numbers

AIDS Crisis Line800-221-7044

American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222

Cedar Rapids Community Health Free Clinic319-363-0416

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis and Support319-363-2093 or 800-208-0388

Family Violence Helpline800-996-6228

GLBT Hotline888-843-4564

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Hope Line800-622-2255

National Crisis Line – Anorexia and Bulimia800-233-4357

National Domestic Violence Hotline800-799-7233

National Hopeline Network800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline988 (talk or text)

Planned Parenthood Hotline800-230-PLAN (7526)

Self-Harm Hotline800-DONT CUT (800-366-8288)

TREVOR Crisis Hotline866-488-7386

United Way Crisis Information and Referral: Call 2-1-1

USA National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Veterans Crisis Line800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Helpful Apps

Want to Get Involved?

Green Bandana Project

Help spread awareness of resources available for those with mental-health-related needs. After the training, participants carry a few resource cards with them and tie a green bandana on their backpack to indicate they are safe individuals to approach with mental-health-related concerns and know where to find help. The program promotes a stigma-free and supportive environment. 

If you have any questions about Green Bandana Project training sessions, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 319-398-5540.

Upcoming Trainings:

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 11:15 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. in 2014 Iowa Hall


Make It OK Campaign

Be a part of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative that aims to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by improving physical, social, and emotional well-being of Iowans. Make It OK is a community campaign to reduce stigma by increasing understanding and creating caring conversations about mental illness.

Upcoming Trainings:

Thursday, Nov. 2, 11:15 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. in 2014 Iowa Hall


Anxiety: How to Help Yourself and Others

Mental Health Training

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults ages 18 and older – but they are also highly treatable. Choose to be informed regarding how you can help yourself and/or others with anxiety!

Upcoming Trainings:



Tuesday Tune-Up Sessions

Kirkwood counselors will be offering personal growth and improvement sessions to students, staff, and faculty on Tuesdays throughout the semester, during Activity Hour (11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.).

Upcoming Sessions:


Oct. 10, 2023 @ Cedar Hall 2057: Managing Test Anxiety

Oct. 24, 2023 @ Iowa Hall 2014: Set Healthy Boundaries and Improve Your Emotional Well-Being


Active Minds

Active Minds is a national student organization designed to promote mental health awareness on college campuses. For more information about being involved with Active Minds, contact Angie Ziesman Weiler.


Counseling Services

Cedar Rapids Main Campus
3034 Iowa Hall