Counseling services can support you as you learn, grow, and develop at Grinnell. College is a time of multiple transitions, opportunities, and challenges which can result in both good and bad stress. At Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS), we offer time-limited individual, couples, and group therapy to help you sort out your feelings, explore options for coping, and seek other resources, if helpful, during your time at Grinnell. You do not have to be in emotional crisis to make use of our counseling services! In fact, we strongly encourage you to be proactive and start counseling before your concerns reach crisis proportions. Students often seek counseling for issues such as:
- relationship concerns
- low self-esteem
- stress management
- gender identity
- concerns about a friend or relative
- sexual orientation
- family issues
- recovering from sexual assault
- concerns about body image and disordered eating
These are only examples, however. If you are feeling bad or uncomfortable, or if something is bothering you, that is a good reason to talk with one of our counselors.
You are also welcome to access information about mental health and wellness through Ulifeline, an on-line resource center which offers students mental health assessments, information about a variety of stressors and mental illneses geared towards college students, and resources for obtaining assistance.