Your first scheduled appointment with us when you seek out services will be a “consultation” or Quick Access Appointment. The purpose of the consultation will be for you and your counselor to determine which service(s) best suit your individual needs. You can schedule a consultation appointment by calling (319) 335-7294. Once you have an appointment scheduled, please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early to complete paperwork on our in-house computer terminals. The actual consultation appointment typically lasts 45 to 50 minutes. The purpose of the Quick Access appointment is to help you with your immediate problems, concerns, or crisis.
The UCS offers the following services:
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Couple or Relationship Counseling
- Case Management & Referrals
- Psychological Consultation Regarding Concerns About a UI Student or Situation
- Trans Inclusive Services
If an emergency occurs after hours, you are encouraged to call the Crisis Center at (319) 351-0140; Department of Public Safety at (319) 335-5022; or UIHC Emergency Room at (319) 356-2233. If you have concerns about another staff or faculty member, Faculty and Staff Services can be reached at (319) 335-2085.
To begin individual therapy at the UCS, the first step is to schedule a meeting with a UCS staff member for an initial consultation appointment. This appointment provides an opportunity for you to discuss your concerns with a therapist and determine which service will best meet your needs.
Based on this meeting, you and your consultant may agree that group or individual therapy would best suit your needs. If this is the case, the consultant will gather the necessary information from you so that you can begin therapy.
ReferralsIf you are interested in group counseling services and would like more information, you may view our Group Descriptions and the Current Schedule.
All groups offered by the UCS will be provided via Zoom video. Students interested in joining group will need to have consistent and secure internet access, and video/web cam capabilities, in order to participate in group. For general questions regarding the University Counseling Service groups program, please contact the Group Program Coordinator, LaNeisha Waller, Ph. D. at (319) 335-7294 or laneisha-waller@uiowa. edu for more information.
In addition to individual and group counseling, the UCS also offers brief couples counseling. This service is designed to address relationship concerns between people who are involved in an intimate r...Learn More
The UCS offers an initial consultation appointment to discuss your concerns and determine how best to meet your needs. Due to special requirements for care, ineligibility for our services, or other reasons, you and the UCS counselor may decide that a referral to another agency or service provider would be most beneficial. The UCS counselor may offer you several referral options or invite you to meet with our Clinical Case Manager. The Clinical Case Manager has knowledge about the various services and agencies available on campus and within the Iowa City community.Learn More
Make an Appointment
How to Schedule an Appointment:Currently enrolled students at the University of Iowa can call the UCS at (319) 335-7294 to schedule an appointment. To verify that you are eligible for services, check out our eligibility FAQ. If you are a faculty or staff member, counseling services are provided through the UI Employee Assistance Program at (319) 335-2085. Students are required to make their own appointments. The counseling service provides two ways to see a counselor:
By a scheduled-in-advance appointment in the morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm (except Wednesday mornings).
University of Iowa Student Health and the University Counseling Service (UCS) are pleased to offer medical and mental health services for Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Non-Binary students seeking assistance/support as part of transitioning. The UCS is here for you to assist with:
Initial exploration of gender variance, gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality.
Treatment for depression and anxiety that may occur as a result of gender questioning or exploration, coming out, managing gender binary environments, familial concerns, and other concerns.
Support in managing discrimination, misgendering, and transphobic reactions.
Eating Disorders Network
The Eating Disorder Network (EDN) is a collaborative group of health professionals from across the University of Iowa campus that have come together to offer services for the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. This multi-disciplinary team was formed in response to the growing number of UI students who were struggling with eating disorder concerns. Are You Concerned with Your Eating?It is important to realize that you are not alone in your struggle. Studies have shown that as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are struggling with serious eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.Learn More
Clinical Eligibility FAQ
1. Who is eligible for clinical services at UCS?
Currently enrolled students are eligible for clinical services at UCS. “Current enrollment” is determined by your status in MAUI. See question #2 to see how we address summer eligibility, if you’re not enrolled. Those services include: individual, couples, and group counseling; consultations; case management; assistance with referrals; and testing services. Individual and couples counseling is brief in nature and students are eligible for one round of either per academic year (June-May). There are no session limits on group counseling.
Career Assessment and Testing
The UCS offers career assessment and testing services to students at the University of Iowa. This service typically involves meeting with a testing consultant for approximately one-half hour to decide which career-related tests would be most appropriate. A return visit is required to complete the assessment, then, a follow-up session to discuss the test results. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality indicator that assesses four preferences for the way you interact with the world. This test can help you understand yourself as you interact and navigate in the world, including the world of work.Learn More
As someone who cares about students and their well-being, it is completely understandable that you may want to know specifics regarding the therapeutic content and/or services that a student might be participating in at the UCS. However, as mental health-care providers, the UCS is legally and ethically required to uphold standards of confidentiality, and students expect us to uphold these standards. Treating information confidentially means that the UCS cannot release any protected/privileged information to professors, advisers, parents, or concerned friends without the student’s prior written informed consent.Learn More
If You Need Help Right Now - phone 911 for help
If you or someone you know has an emergency during hours that we are open for business (8 a. m. to 5 p. m. , Monday through Friday), please call the UCS at 319-335-7294 and ask the receptionist about same-day appointment availability or ask to speak with the Consultant-on-Duty.
If you are a parent, faculty/staff member, friend, partner, or loved one of a University of Iowa student and have concerns about the student’s mental health, you are welcome to call the UCS, (319) 335-7294, and speak with a counselor regarding your concerns. A typical caller would voice concerns about a student’s mental health and strategize with the staff member about how to help guide the student toward getting assistance and support. If you choose to identify the student of concern by name, we will document the information you provide.Learn More
The UCS offers specialized consultations regarding learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) for University of Iowa students. You are welcome to schedule an appointment at UCS with a specialist in this area to discuss your academic difficulties. To get an appointment, please call (319) 335-7294 for scheduling information. You and the staff member will discuss your academic concerns, childhood and adolescent learning history, and mental health history. The purpose of this is to determine what services might be of most help to you (e. g.Learn More
Student Academic Success Services
The UCS offers services to support student academic success. These services are delivered in both individual, one-on-one formats and in workshop, outreach, or self-help formats. Individual services are available for students who may have any concerns regarding their academic work. These concerns might include difficulties with taking exams, concerns about study methods, difficulties with motivation or concentration, or challenges making the transition to academic work at the University of Iowa.Learn More
Kognito suicide prevention program
People in distress often turn to those they know rather than seek professional help. Kognito training will give you the tools to start the conversation and make a difference. Join us in preventing suicide among fellow Hawks. You matter in suicide prevention. What is Kognito?Kognito is an online, interactive role-play simulation program for students, faculty, and staff that builds awareness, knowledge and skills about mental health and suicide prevention. It prepares users to lead real-life conversations with fellow students and colleagues who are in distress and how to connect them with the support they need.Learn More