COUNSELING SERVICES: A FREE OPTION FOR WARTBURG STUDENTS

ALEXA GANZEVELD, TRUMPET KNIGHTLIFE EDITOR

Counseling Services at Wartburg College are free and offered to students that need guidance on personal concerns. The counselor acts as a skilled facilitator in helping the client identify and achieve desired changes, according to Wartburg Counseling Services.

“The top four reasons for students coming in are depression, anxiety, stress, and relationship issues,” Stephanie Newsom, director of Counseling Services, said. “They [students] usually just need a safe, confidential place to work through some things.”

Counseling Services can assist students with personal counseling, testing, self-management skills, multicultural concerns, substance abuse recovery, sexual assault concerns, crisis, safety education and various support groups.

During the 2019 Fall Term, 515 counseling sessions took place, and 314 students used counseling services, according to Wartburg Counseling Services Data. Seeing a counselor can help students explore moods and behaviors in a safe place.

Counselors help clients gain a better understanding of emotions while teaching communication skills. Counseling helps promote self-esteem, relationships, betters one’s outlook on life and is a collaborative effort between both parties, according to the American Counseling Association.
Workshops are available during the year to assist students with various personal development, skill-building or interpersonal issues.

On-campus organizations Sexual Misconduct and Assault Resource Team (S.M.A.R.T.) and Alcohol Wisdom and Real Education (A.W.A.R.E.) can also benefit students who would like to discuss such topics in a group environment. Counseling Services is in the Pathways Center on the third floor of Vogel Library. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about Counseling Services, go to wartburg.edu/counseling.

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