The UCS offers a variety of counseling services for currently enrolled University of Iowa students. Please see our UCS Eligibility for Services FAQ for eligibility for service information. Additionally, to learn more about our scope of services, please review our Scope of Services.
Initial Contact with the UCS
Sorting out which service best fits your needs begins when you call in to schedule an appointment.
If you’re interested in a Quick Access problem-solving or crisis management appointment, you can typically get in the same day in a 30-minute or 60-minute slot. These types of appointments are especially appropriate late the semester if you know you won’t be available for services beyond the end of the semester.
If you’re more interested in looking more deeply into treatment options either within UCS or in the community, a 60-minute initial consultation appointment would likely best serve you. During this appointment, the student and the consulting therapist determine which services would be most helpful (group, individual, or couples counseling; consultations; case management; assistance with referrals; and so on). Potential options can include a referral to a group, a single round of brief counseling, a referral to a University or community provider, or simply a consultation with an additional follow-up appointment. Our counseling and consultation are provided without charge.
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
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Couple or Relationship Counseling
- Career Assessment and Testing
- 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.
The University is a nationally and internationally recognized academic and research institution. The UCS proudly supports the academic mission of the University of Iowa through one of the oldest APA-accredited Doctoral Internships in the nation. Additionally, the UCS provides its Practicum Training Program for the Clinical and Counseling Psychology programs. Social Work Training Program Coming Soon!
- Program Philosophy and Goals
- Training Methods
- Business and Benefits
- Selection Process
- Practicum Opportunities at the UCS
Make an Appointment
Currently enrolled students at the University of Iowa can call the UCS at (319) 335-7294 or stop by one of our offices 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. View our Contact & Location Info page for directions to the UCS. The counseling service provides two ways to see a counselor:
Your first scheduled appointment with us when you seek out services will be a âconsultationâ 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.
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 how we can work for you. Call to request a consultation or program today.
The University of Iowa Collegiate Recovery Program
The University of Iowa Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) provides an environment that is supportive to the therapeutic and educational needs of Iowa students considering recovery, are in recovery, or desire to support those in any stage of recovery from addiction. The CRP provides support through community building, social support, academic support, substance-free activities, advocacy, outreach, and creating greater opportunities to access resources and services available on campus.