Please Note: For the foreseeable future, the Counseling Center will continue providing sessions via telehealth format (phone or video chat), and will also be seeing students for in-person sessions (masked and distanced). Please read narrative below for instructions on how to contact Counseling.

Counseling Center Staff

For the foreseeable future, the Counseling Center will continue providing sessions via telehealth format (phone or video chat), as well as seeing students for in-person sessions. Due to the continued risks of COVID-19 and for the safety of both students and staff, in-person counseling sessions will be conducted in a socially-distanced manner with both parties (client and counselor) wearing a mask. If there is a resurgence of the pandemic or if other health concerns arise, the university and the Counseling Center may determine that we return to telehealth only for everyone’s well-being.

Students will be given a choice for session format (phone/video chat/in-person). Google Meet is used for video chat sessions. We can assure HIPAA-compliance through use of Google Meet as long as sessions are associated with your university email address. Google Meet can be accessed through your MWSU email account. There also is a phone app for both Apple and Android if computer access is an issue.

Students who wish to utilize counseling services and schedule an appointment should complete the forms found here:

If you would like to begin or continue counseling during the semester, please fill out the appropriate form (New Clients or Existing Clients), and 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.). We can also still be contacted during our normal business hours by email ( or phone (816-271-4327).

As our office waiting room is a small area, we encourage you to contact us (by phone/email or by completing forms on our website) before you come to our office to schedule an appointment. If you have an appointment scheduled, please arrive no more than five (5) minutes early, as this helps us to minimize potential risk.

Any questions may be directed to your counselor, or by emailing We thank you for your continued understanding, and we hope to speak with you (via phone/video chat/in-person) soon!

Counseling Services Available

The Counseling Center is designed to help students with personal problems 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.

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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 an admissions counselor about programs and classes. Enrolled students should see their advisor for this type of help.
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