Personal Counseling

Counseling Services offers a wide range of short-term educational and psychological counseling services for full-time Nebraska Wesleyan University traditional program students. Some common reasons for visiting with a counselor include depression, anxiety, homesickness, family concerns, stress, time management, relationship issues, sexuality, assertiveness, eating and body image concerns, trauma, alcohol and drug issues, grief, and advice about helping a friend.

Eligibility

Currently registered, full-time students in the traditional undergraduate program are eligible for on-campus counseling services.

NWU Counseling Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

NWU Counseling Services will continue providing counseling sessions to NWU students for the rest of the spring 2020 semester via telehealth.  No in-person services will be provided.

Telehealth services

Telehealth services will be provided via a secure platform.  Currently, we are only able to offer this service for students located in the state of Nebraska due to Nebraska laws and regulations.  If you are currently outside the state of Nebraska, please call or email us and we will help you locate mental health services in your area.

To make an appointment, please email us at counseling [at] nebrwesleyan.edu or call us at 402-465-2464.  Please know that staff are working remotely but will check emails and voicemails frequently and will get back to you as soon as possible.

Urgent and emergency services

If you are experiencing an urgent mental health issue, call us for a phone consultation and connection to local resources.

In an emergency, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255.

Self-care

As the campus transitions to a temporary distance-learning model, our concern for your well-being remains as near as ever.

Eat well. Sleep well. Keep connected with supportive friends and family. Devote time to maintaining your healthy relationships. And know that Counseling Services is still open and dedicated to your good health. Reach out!

Mental Health Screening

It can be hard to ask questions about your mental well-being. That’s why Nebraska Wesleyan University offers a free, anonymous mental health screening tool.

Take a few minutes to complete a short online survey. The results may help you decide whether to pursue personal counseling.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s tool screens for:

  • Depression
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Substance Use
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Begin your screening.

Fees

  • First three visits during any academic year: Free!
  • After the first three visits: $10 per visit, billed monthly.
  • Failure to cancel an appointment by 5 p.m. the day before your appointment: $30.

Scheduling an Appointment

  • Counselors are available during the academic year only. Services are limited over school breaks and are not available during the summer.
  • Contact us from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday at 402.465.2464. Please leave us a message if we are unable to personally answer your call and we will return your call as soon as possible.  You can also come to our office and make an appointment in person. Counseling Services is located at 2641 N. 49th Street (N. 49th Street and St. Paul Avenue).
  • Indicate that you wish to make an appointment for personal counseling and our Staff Assistant will schedule an appointment for you with one of our counselors.

Canceling an Appointment

If you must miss an appointment, call 402.465.2464 by 5 p.m. the day prior to your appointment to cancel or reschedule. Failure to do so will result in a $30 fee.

Confidentiality

NWU maintains strict confidentiality at all times.

  • No information can be released without formal authorization from the student. If you would like your counselor to release information to a specific person, physician, or agency, you will need to complete a Release of Information form.
  • All counseling records are kept separate from other university records and are accessible only by Counseling Services staff members.
  • Information cannot be released without your written authorization, except if required by law. Records may be released without your consent if there is: (a) a risk that you may harm yourself or others; (b) suspicion of child abuse or neglect; or (c) a court order. Reasonable efforts will be made to inform you if such information about you is to be released.

Scope of Services

Counseling Services does not provide long-term, intensive counseling. There is a session limit of 16 counseling sessions per student per academic year. Students for whom more than weekly sessions are indicated, who are at recurrent elevated risk, or who are seeking services not provided by Counseling Services, will be provided with appropriate referral information.  In addition, we do not provide mandated or required treatment, including but not limited to counseling required by academic departments, classes, or legal/conduct proceedings.