Counseling Services

We know that whatever affects the personal lives of students can also affect the ability to learn. Our goal at Student Health and Wellness is to provide access to counseling services which help Grinnell students succeed academically, personally, and interpersonally. Some students seek our services simply because they want to have a confidentiality conversation with a counselor; others are experiencing significant distress.

Our counseling team includes:

  • Licensed psychologists
  • Licensed mental health counselors
  • Licensed independent social workers
  • Therapists pursuing license and under the supervision of a licensed staff therapist
  • Graduate level trainees under the supervision of a licensed staff therapist

We also have connections with providers in the surrounding community for students who prefer to see an off-campus provider.

The cost of counseling services are covered by student tuition fees. Thus, you must be an enrolled student at Grinnell to seek our services. We do not provide services to benefits-eligible employees of the college. We also do not treat families, friends, or peers of students who are not enrolled at Grinnell.

Counseling Concerns and Tracks

Examples of Concerns

Commonly reported student concerns (but not limited to)

  • Adjusting to the start of college/major life changes
  • Anxiety 
  • Concerns about a friend or relative
  • Concerns about body image and/or eating behavior
  • Depression
  • Discord with family members
  • Identity concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Lack of motivation
  • Relationship concerns
  • Self-confidence
  • Sexual behaviors
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sleep difficulties 
  • Stress management
  • Thoughts of transferring schools
  • Trauma 

Multi-Track Model of Services

Our center utilizes a multi-track model of services, which includes providing the following services:

  • Self-help resources
  • Workshops
  • Brief counseling (for students wanting only 1-2 sessions)
  • Crisis management
  • Group therapy
  • Short-term individual counseling
  • Transition of care services (for students who prefer to be seen by a counselor off-campus provider)

Programs, Groups, Workshops

Each semester offers a variety of different workshops, groups, and other wellness programs.

This a free drop-in consultation open to all students. It is confidential. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Location TBD
Every Tuesday
4-5 p.m. 

Let's Talk is best fit for:

  • Students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor
  • Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
  • Students who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through
  • Students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do

Let's Talk is not a good fit for:

  • Students experiencing current thoughts of wanting to hurt themselves or someone else
  • Students with concerns for their safety
  • Students having a psychotic episode

Let’s Talk is not designed to be a crisis service. If you need to speak with someone more urgently, please utilize the campus and community resources on the SHAW website or call the office for more details at 641-269-3230


Counseling appointments are scheduled Monday-Friday, 9-4 p.m.

You may schedule your appointment in person or by phone, 641-269-3230. If you make an appointment at SHAW and are unable to keep it, please call to cancel. This allows another student to use that appointment time.  Appointments are in high demand so please arrive early to your scheduled appointments so you have enough time to check in. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late to your appointment, you will likely be asked to reschedule and the appointment will be considered a no-show.

Intake Appointment

The very first counseling appointment is called an intake appointment. You will need to arrive 15 minutes early to complete the check-in paperwork.

During this intake appointment, your counselor will talk with you to review your immediate concerns, assess your symptoms, and discuss your relevant history. You will be encouraged to ask questions, make suggestions, and really partner with us in your care. You and your care provider will decide on a treatment plan including which track of service might best fit your needs.

Return Visit

All counseling appointments after the intake visit are called follow-up or return visits. Your counselor will sometimes ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes early for these appointments to complete a short questionnaire to monitor your progress in counseling.

Drop-In or Triage Visit

During business hours, there is a counselor on-call to meet with students with an urgent need. You may have to wait until this on-call counselor is available as they may be meeting with another student. We also offer brief drop-in sessions for students without appointment. Please call our main office for more information. 

Other Counseling Resources

NAMI on Campus at Grinnell The National Alliance of Mental Health has an on-campus club.
View details on their Facebook page.
Grinnell Student Advocates (24 hrs; text or call) 641-260-1615
Crisis Intervention Services (local and 24 hours) 1-800-270-1620
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website for more information.
Psychology Today

Psychology Today provides a service to allow you to search for a local provider. Use the "Find a Therapist" feature and search by zip code (50112 for Grinnell).

This does not mean that providers are covered by your insurance. Please check your insurance provider for covered providers.


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