The UCS offers a variety of mental health consultation, counseling, and outreach services for currently enrolled University of Iowa students. For detailed information regarding eligibility for clinical services (including summer options), please see our UCS Eligibility for Services FAQ.
Sorting out which clinical service (individual, couples, and group counseling; consultations; case management; assistance with referrals; and testing services) best fits your needs is determined during the initial consultation appointment. During that consultation appointment, the student and consultant work together to determine which, if any, of our services would be most helpful. Potential options would be a single round of brief counseling, referral to a group, referral to a University or community provider, or simply a consultation with an additional follow-up appointment, if needed. Brief counseling is approximately four-to-ten sessions per academic year (June to May). Our counseling and consultation services are provided without charge.
Alternatively, you may not currently be interested in ongoing therapy at this time. Instead, if you wish to meet with a counselor for a single session to discuss a specific concern or question, you can access one of our same day 30 minute problem solving meetings.
Our staff represents many aspects of the diversity of the campus and has a commitment to meeting the special needs of individuals from various backgrounds. We welcome students from all cultures, languages, races, religions, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations. Our approach leads us to offer the following services:
Clinical Services Options
- Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Couple or Relationship Counseling
- Career Assessment and Testing
- Psychoeducational Evaluation (testing for Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder)
- Case Management and Referrals
- Psychological Consultation Regarding Concerns About a UI Student or Situation
We are available to design and to implement presentations, programs, or workshops on a wide variety of psychology topics. UCS staff members are also trained as consultants to work with students or student groups to identify and to work toward more effective personal, interpersonal, and organizational/group functioning. Let us know if we can work for you. View our complete Outreach program for more information.
With approximately 30,000 students, the University is a nationally and internationally recognized academic and research institution. Important resources to the UCS internship program are the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program on campus and the close availability of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). The nearby University Student Health Service, with psychiatric services, also provides an important resource for the internship.