How Counseling helpsCounseling is a confidential discussion between you and your professionally-trained counselor about personal, social, or emotional issues.
Counseling helps you identify behaviors or ways of thinking that have not worked well and change them in ways that will improve your relationships, functioning, and moods.
Counseling helps develop decision making skills needed to meet the challenges of living and learning.
EligibilityCounseling is available to UNI students who are enrolled and have paid the Mandatory Health Fee.
To schedule an Initial Assessment appointment, please call the Counseling Center at (319) 273-2676. You will need to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete a "Request For Services" form.
During your Initial Assessment session, you and your counselor will explore your concerns and discuss what additional services may be helpful to you.
After your Initial Assessment appointment, if your plan includes continued services at the UNI Counseling Center, you will be assigned a counselor for regularly scheduled appointments.
While there is no charge for Counseling Center services, there is a $15 fee charged if you do not attend or cancel a scheduled appointment. Please call the Counseling Center at 319-273-2676 to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Besides saving yourself the $15 "no show" fee, letting us know if you cannot keep your appointment may allow us to provide services to another student during that time.
After Hours Crisis/Emergency
- In case of immediate danger, call 911 or go to the nearest
hospital emergency room.
- Statewide Crisis Line 1-800-332-4224
*The Foundation 2 Crisis Line is Certified by the American Association of Suicidology.
- National Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- UNI Public Safety
For urgent situations outside of office hours, please call UNI Public Safety at 319-273-2712 and they will contact a Counseling Center staff member if necessary.
*Public Safety will contact an on-call Counseling Center staff member
ULifeline offers students a mental health screening tool, information about mental health issues geared towards you, and resources for learning more and getting help. Go to Ulifeline.org.
Confidentiality and Privacy
Information shared by you in counseling sessions is confidential and is protected to the full extent of the law. Information will not be disclosed to anyone outside the Center without your written permission except when, in the judgment of your counselor, such disclosure is necessary to protect you or someone else from imminent danger or when otherwise required by law.
The Counseling Center is committed to being knowledgeable and sensitive regarding issues of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, religion, and ability.
We are unable to provide counseling or psychological advice by e-mail, but we encourage you to call the Counseling Center at (319)273-2676 if you wish to arrange to speak with a Counselor.
Counseling Center Brochures
Download and print your own copy of the current Counseling Center brochures:
Counseling Center Brochure
General information about the Counseling Center.
The application for Internship at the Counseling Center for the 2015-16 academic year is available for Social Work and Mental Health Counseling graduate students. You may pick up a copy from the Counseling Center receptionist or download it by clicking Counseling Center Internship Application.
The application for Fall 2015 Practicum is now available for graduate students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Psychology programs. You make pick up a copy from the Counseling Center or download it by clicking Counseling Center Practicum Application.