Please Note: Counseling is offering Telehealth services to students. Please read narrative below for instructions on how to contact Counseling.

Counseling Center Staff

As you are no doubt aware, Missouri Western State University is prohibiting most in-classroom instruction due to the COVID-19 virus for the remainder of this academic semester.  However, the counseling center is doing everything possible to maintain services with you.

Hence, the counseling center will offer telehealth options. Please let the counseling center know if you would like to begin or continue therapy during the time you are off campus. If so, the center will need you to read a new informed consent regarding possible platforms that could be used for sessions.  The counseling staff is aware that sessions via the phone or video is not ideal nor the same as physical interaction. However, it may offer you some continuity to your care which we feel is important.

You will find the new counseling center forms here:
If you would like to begin or continue therapy remotely during this time, please fill out the appropriate form (New Clients or Existing Clients), and the center personnel will be in contact with you as soon as possible during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). You can work with your individual therapist to determine what modality your therapy will take thereafter (email, phone, video, etc.). We can also still be contacted during our normal business hours by email ( or phone (816-271-4327).

Please stay safe, keep washing your hands and not touching your face and we hope to see you back in person soon. Any questions may be directed to your therapist or Dave Brown, Director of Counseling.

Counseling Services Available

The Counseling Center is designed to help students with problems, both academic and personal, that might interfere with their educational pursuits.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • improving motivation to study
  • managing time better
  • adjusting to life in the U.S.
  • managing everyday stress
  • improving concentration
  • increasing self-confidence
  • overcoming homesickness
  • developing a mature sexuality
  • overcoming anxiety about test taking or public performing
  • improving relationships with family and friends
  • developing independence and decision-making ability
  • overcoming feelings of apathy and mild depression
  • finding help for alcohol/drug abuse, eating disorders, or other problems

Personal Counseling
Counselors use a variety of techniques to help students work through personal problems. This often involves helping a client perceive situations in more constructive ways. It then enables clients to set goals and take the actions that will obtain the desired goals. The counselors can also help individuals gain greater awareness through self monitoring and evaluation to the point where they are able to use techniques learned in counseling on their own.

Partners in Prevention

Partners in Prevention is Missouri’s higher education substance abuse consortium dedicated to creating healthy and safe college campuses.

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Counselors at Missouri Western do a great deal of counseling. They assist students with any personal problem which may be interfering with their academic pursuits.

Counselors do not share information about students with anyone except other counseling staff. For example, if the faculty member or coach refers a student, information will not be shared with the referring party without the consent of the student. An exception to this policy occurs if the student is deemed a danger to themselves or someone else. At this point, a counselor has the duty to warn and this will usually involve sharing confidential information. Counseling records may also be subpoenaed.

Counselors at Missouri Western do not provide long-term therapy. Typically, the counseling sessions run from 5 to 8 weeks. Counselors will assist students with needs for longer-term therapy to find a suitable treatment program in the community.

Counselors avoid accepting a client that is seeing another counselor without the permission of the initial counselor. Students who wish to see a different counselor need to secure permission from their present counselor.

Missouri Western counselors do not see spouses or other family members that do not attend Missouri Western.

Counselors do not usually help students plan schedules. Incoming students may want to talk with a peer counselor about programs and classes. Enrolled students should see their advisor for this type of help.

Ask Listen Refer: MWSU Suicide Prevention Training Program