The University Counseling Service (UCS) is The University of Iowa’s primary mental health service provider for university students.

UCS supports the Division of Student Life mission for student success by providing support and mental health services to the University of Iowa campus community. UCS has an inter-disciplinary multicultural staff of psychologists, social workers, graduate interns, practicum students, and administrative professionals. Our training and interests span a broad range of counseling approaches. Each staff member has training and experience working with college students.

Our mission and goals

The mission of the University Counseling Service is to provide compassionate psychological services, outreach, and training that fosters the mental health of students, nurtures student success, and contributes to a safe, welcoming, and multiculturally-aware campus community.

Our commitment

We have a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create space where all feel welcome. Our services are free and confidential, and are available in virtual or in-person formats

university counseling staff members

Our staff

UCS has an inter-disciplinary multicultural staff of psychologists, social workers, graduate interns, practicum students, and administrative professionals

group of students standing on steps of old capitol building

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Learn more about how University Counseling Service has made a commitment to diversity.

students and counselors sitting around conference table

Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board (SAB) uses their experiences as a student to inform and contribute to key initiatives at University Counseling Service.

student members of Active Minds group at Iowa

Student org collaborations

Active Minds, Body Image Eating Disorders Awareness, Heart Workshop, and Hawkeye Allies.

 

Message from our Director

Mental health, defined by the World Health Organization, is "a state of well-being in which the individual (that’s you) realizes their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their (your) community." At UCS, we walk the journey toward mental health and well-being with you because we care about people’s health. We want you to access care, and therefore we seek to remove any barrier to the individual seeking services.

We are excited to offer clinical counseling, preventive care (outreach), training for developing professionals, and research (giving back to the community). Our dedicated and expert staff are ready to assist you towards mental health and your well-being. You are the center of who we are, what we do, and who we serve. Essential to the treatment of mental health is building a therapeutic alliance with you — without which we have nothing. We are student centered and wish to serve you well. We are here to listen, to learn, and to grow with you. Stop by and see us.

Michael A. Fletcher, Psy.D.
Director

Michael A. Fletcher, Psy.D.