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Counseling Center

About the Counseling Center

How Counseling helps

Counseling is free, confidential, convenient, and effective.

Counseling is a confidential discussion between you and your professionally-trained counselor about personal, social, or emotional issues.

Counseling helps you identify behaviors or ways of thinking that have not worked well and change them in ways that will improve your relationships, functioning, and moods.

Counseling helps develop decision making skills needed to meet the challenges of living and learning.

Appointments

Counseling begins with an Initial Assessment.

To schedule an Initial Assessment appointment, please call the Counseling Center at (319) 273-2676.

You should allow an hour for your Initial Assessment.  Once you arrive at the Counseling Center, you will provide written information about yourself and your concerns and will the meet with a counselor for about 30 minutes. You and your counselor will explore your concerns and discuss what additional services may be helpful to you.

After Hours Crisis/Emergency

  • In case of immediate danger, call 911 or go to the nearest
    hospital emergency room.
  • For urgent situations outside of office hours, call the Counseling Center at 273-2676 and press 2 to speak to a crisis counselor.
  • Statewide Crisis Line 1-800-332-4224
    *The Foundation 2 Crisis Line is Certified by the American Association of Suicidology.
  • National Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Confidentiality and Privacy

Information shared by you in counseling sessions is confidential and is protected to the full extent of the law. Information will not be disclosed to anyone outside the Center without your written permission except when, in the judgment of your counselor, such disclosure is necessary to protect you or someone else from imminent danger or when otherwise required by law.


The Counseling Center is committed to being knowledgeable and sensitive regarding issues of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, religion, and ability.

Staff

The Counseling Center staff consists of psychologists, mental health counselors, counseling and social work interns, practicum counselors, and support staff.

 

Assistant Director for Training

Paula Gilroy, Ed.D.

Licensed Psychologist/Assistant Director for Training
National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Hours

You may view this page or call the Counseling Center to check on the hours we are open during summer session, holidays or otherwise when classes are not in session.

Fall & Spring Hours

The Counseling Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year. 

Summer Hours

The Counseling Center is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer.

Other Dates

The Counseling Center is closed on all University holidays unless otherwise stated.

Contact

Call us at 319-273-2676 (Voice) or 319-273-3011 (TTY) For urgent situations outside of office hours, Call the Counseling Center at 273-2676 and press 2 to speak to a crisis counselor.

We are unable to provide counseling or psychological advice by e-mail, but we encourage you to call the Counseling Center at (319)273-2676 if you wish to arrange to speak with a Counselor.

Phone

Call us at 319-273-2676 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Deaf or HOH, use Relay 711.

About the Counseling Center

It is the mission of the University of Northern Iowa Counseling Center to promote the personal development and psychological well-being of all students and to encourage a college environment that is conducive to growth and learning. We strive to provide ethical, high quality psychological and counseling services to UNI students and consultation services to UNI faculty and staff.

After Hours Crisis/Emergency

In case of immediate danger: Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

For urgent situations outside of office hours: Call the Counseling Center at 273-2676 and press 2 to speak to a crisis counselor.

Statewide Crisis Line:
1-800-332-4224

National Suicide Hotline:
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)