Counseling Services

Counseling Services

College is a time of multiple transitions, opportunities, and challenges which can result in both good and bad stress. Counseling services can support you as you learn, grow, and develop. You do not have to be in emotional crisis to make use of our counseling services! In fact, we strongly encourage you to be proactive and start counseling before your concerns reach crisis proportions.

At SHACS, we offer individual and group therapy to help you sort out your feelings and explore options for coping. Sometimes we may help connect you with other resources during your time at Grinnell. Students often seek counseling for issues such as:

  • stress management
  • low self-esteem
  • anxiety
  • sex
  • gender identity
  • trauma
  • concerns about a friend or relative
  • sexual orientation
  • loneliness
  • depression
  • family issues
  • insomnia
  • relationship concerns
  • recovering from sexual assault
  • procrastination
  • concerns about body image and disordered eating
  • grief

These are only examples, however. If you are feeling bad or uncomfortable, or if something is bothering you, that is a good reason to talk with one of our counselors.

Individual Counseling

You and the counselor you see for your first appointment will collaborate to determine the best approach to treatment for you. Individual therapy can run from one to several to “some” sessions, based on the treatment plan you and your counselor develop. If the two of you decide that longer-term therapy would be best, your counselor will provide you with several referrals to therapists in Grinnell or, if you prefer, within the greater Des Moines-Grinnell-Iowa City area.