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Counseling

The Student Success Center provides a professional counselor for students who are looking for help in addressing personal concerns or other emotional issues. Sometimes life events can be overwhelming. Counseling can be a good resource to help students cope and build resilience.

How does counseling work?

The initial session includes paperwork (contact information, consent forms, etc.) and a meeting with the counselor to collect background information about the concern. The counselor works with students to determine the best action plan for individual needs. Some students meet only once or twice to consult about a situation. For others, ongoing sessions may be appropriate. In most cases beyond six sessions, students are referred to an outside practitioner from a large network of community resources.

Common reasons to connect with our counselor

  • Transition to college and academic concerns
  • Feeling moody, irritable, depressed or hopeless
  • Expressing loneliness or grief
  • Relationship concerns
  • Concern about a friend’s mental health
  • Eating disorders
  • Domestic or dating violence
  • Worry about life after graduation
  • Trouble coping with a traumatic event
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Quick Info

Iowa Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 942-0333

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8255) 

Lifeline is a 24-hour toll-free phone line for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. An online chat option is available at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Marla Inks

Marla Inks
Counselor  
(515) 643-6793           
MInks@mercydesmoines.org