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Student Counseling

Mercy College of Health Sciences provides a professional counselor on campus for approximately 20 hours per week. Students may seek help for a variety of 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 Links

Marla Inks

Marla Inks

Set up an appointment:
Office Location: MC-B02
(515) 643-6793           

Need Immediate Help?
Call: 1-800-273-TALK

Iowa Domestic Violence Hotline
Call: 1-800-942-0333

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

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