Counseling Services Offered to Students

counseling.jpgWhile college is an exciting time of change and new opportunities, the demands aren’t always easy. With that in mind, the Central Methodist University Counseling Center is continuing to provide a safe, confidential, and free place for students to go for support.

In addition to campus counselor Katie Wooldridge, the Center is staffed by master’s level interns supervised by a licensed professional counselor to help students work through any issues. The Counseling Center offers the following types of services:

  • Individual Therapy – a one-on-one meeting with a mental health professional. These meetings are a time for students to address their concerns and learn skills and techniques they can use to grow in their ability to manage real life situations.
  • Couples Therapy – Partners can work together with the counselor to identify obstacles and then learn skills and communication techniques that can be used to overcome the obstacles in order to have a healthy relationship.
  • Group Therapy – Some issues can be effectively addressed in a group setting. Students will interact with other individuals who are working on a similar issue. Meetings are typically once per week and can have a set number of occurrences.
  • Programming – The Counseling Center staff is available to present information on a variety of mental health topics. They can conduct programs and workshops to university classes, organizations, or groups.
  • Consultation – Counselors are available to consult with CMU students, faculty, and/or staff on any concerns.

This semester’s staff includes Elizabeth Dufor and Veronica Manahan (pictured). Both are third-year graduate students at CMU working toward their Master of Science in Clinical Counseling degrees.

“I utilize an integrated approach to counseling including person-centered, trauma-focused, and solutions-focused brief therapy depending upon the needs of the client,” said Dufor. “I love helping students to better understand themselves and overcome the challenges that they are experiencing. I believe that everyone has within them the capability to fulfill their potential and find joy, peace, and adventure in their life.”

“I approach counseling from a strengths and solutions-based perspective, as I believe clients are the experts on their situations and have innate abilities to improve their lives,” Manahan stated. “I look forward to the opportunity to help overcome obstacles and have a successful semester.”

The Counseling Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every weekday. Students are asked to make an appointment for counseling by emailing, stopping by room 206 in the Inman Student and Community Center, calling 660-248-6274, or filling out the inquiry form on this page.

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