Counseling & Support Services

Counseling & Support Services

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:

COVID-19 Update

As part of the ongoing COVID-19 response, Counseling Services team members are working to serve student needs, virtually, during normal business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).

Beginning August 31, Counseling Services is offering telemental health services to all students. This is “live video counseling” connecting you to one of our licensed providers. Counselors are still unable to meet with students face-to-face, due to masking and social-distancing requirements, but many people find it beneficial to meet with a counselor virtually. Counseling Services utilizes a confidential version of Zoom for Healthcare. 

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 a virtual classroom session.

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:

 

Call 9-1-1 or go to nearest hospital emergency room

 

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Phone Number: 800-273-8255

 

Crisis Text Line

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

 

Foundation 2 Crisis Line and Mobile Crisis Outreach in Cedar Rapids

  • Phone Number: 800-332-4224

 

CommUnity Crisis Services in Iowa City

  • Crisis Line: 855-325-4296
  • Mobile Crisis Outreach Program: 855-800-1239

 

Your Life Iowa

 

Live Chat

  • Call: 855-581-8111
  • Text: 855-895-8398

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 Cedar Rapids:

  • Stop by the front desk in 2092 Cedar Hall, or
  • Call our primary office number (319-398-5540) or
  • Email one of our counselors directly

 

In Iowa City:


In Crisis?

Cedar Rapids

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

  • Call 319-398-5540 or go to 2092 Cedar Hall to request assistance from a counselor

If you need assistance outside of business hours:

 

Iowa City

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

  • Call 319-887-3658 or go to the One Stop 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 2092 Cedar Hall or in Iowa City call 319-887-3658 or stop by the One Stop 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 2092 Cedar Hall to schedule an appointment.
  • In Iowa City, call 319-887-3658 or stop by the One Stop to schedule an appointment.

Websites

Academic Success

 

ADD/ADHD

 

Anger Management

 

Anxiety

 

Depression

 

Diversity

 

Eating Disorders

 

Emotional Hygiene

 

Gambling

 

Grief

 

Healthy Relationships

 

Mental Illness

 

Self Compassion

 

Social Media and Unplugging

 

Stress Relief

 

Substance Abuse

 

Suicide

 

Test Anxiety

 

Trauma and PTSD

 

Veterans


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 Prevention Lifeline800-273-TALK (8255)

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)


Online Crisis Chat Services

Crisis Text Line: Text "START" TO 741-741 Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging)


Helpful Apps

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.

We also offer anxiety, depression, and eating disorder screenings every fall. Counseling is free and confidential.


Green Bandana Project

The purpose of The Green Bandana Project is to spread awareness of resources 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. These training sessions are sponsored by the Dean of Students office and the Active Minds club.

We are offering Green Bandana Project training sessions remotely via Zoom. These sessions are open to students, faculty, and staff. After registering for a session, you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link and handouts for the session. Below are the training dates:

 

Tuesday, November 10
2:30 - 3:25 p.m
Register

 

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


Tuesday Tune-Ups

These are open to all students. Sessions will start at 11:15 and last for around 45-50 minutes. There is no cost and students may participate in any of the sessions which interest them by clicking on the zoom link.

 

Stress Less

  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11:15 – 12:10
  • Hosted by Mary Gesing, Kirkwood Counselor
  • Participants will learn the importance of awareness of one’s own stress triggers, how stress affects your body and mind, along with some coping strategies aimed at taming your stress. 
  • Zoom link: https://kirkwood.zoom.us/j/96088368857

 

Time Management

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11:15 – 12:10
  • Hosted by Sarah Leff, Kirkwood Counseling Intern
  • Participants will learn the importance of effective time management as well as numerous strategies on how to best plan and manage your time in order to stay on top of your obligations and achieve your goals.
  • Zoom link: https://kirkwood.zoom.us/j/96088368857

 

Dating in a COVID World

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11:15 – 12:10
  • Hosted by Daniel MacLennan, Kirkwood Counseling Intern
  • Participants will learn helpful techniques and strategies to conquer COVID anxiety and develop meaningful relationships.
  • Zoom link: https://kirkwood.zoom.us/j/96088368857

 

Healthy Relationships: Set Healthy Boundaries and Improve Your Emotional Well-Being

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 11:15 – 12:10
  • Hosted by Angie Ziesman Weiler, Kirkwood Counselor
  • Participants will learn how to more effectively manage your time, energy, and limits. Setting healthy boundaries can increase your confidence and sense of control, decrease your stress level, and improve your communication and relationships with others.
  • Zoom link: https://kirkwood.zoom.us/j/96088368857

Counseling Services

Cedar Rapids Main Campus
2092 Cedar Hall
319-398-5540

 

Iowa City Campus
One Stop
319-887-3658