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Contact Information

410 Bowman Hall
Phone: 715/232-2468
Fax: 715/232-2111
counseling@uwstout.edu

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Schedule an Appointment
Call 715/232-2468 or
Go to 410 Bowman Hall

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Mission and Values

The Counseling Center is a SAFE SPACE for individuals of all ethnicities, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, physical appearance/size, and gender identities.

You are not Alone!

When you need an objective, caring listener who is knowledgeable about a wide range of personal concerns, the Counseling Center is the place to go. Successful relationships, careers and personal satisfaction frequently emerge from the solutions to life problems addressed in college.

Length of counseling varies--we place an emphasis on time-limited, developmentally-oriented therapy directed at helping students succeed in the university environment. Longer-term services are available as staffing expertise and resources allow. We will also assist in making referrals to off-campus professionals when specialized or longer-term services are needed.

Individual & Couples Counseling

Students seek help for a variety of personal issues. Some of the most common are:

  • Self-esteem and identity
  • Relationships (family, friends, significant others)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Grief
  • Eating Disorders & Body Image Concerns
  • Substance Abuse (including alcohol/drug abuse and tobacco cessation)

If you are interested in participating in personal counseling, you simply need to call or stop by 410 Bowman Hall to schedule an appointment. You'll be asked to complete some preliminary paper work and scheduled to attend the first available triage appointment--usually within 1-2 days. The triage appointment involves a brief assessment of your concerns in order to match you with a counselor based on your personal preferences and staff expertise and availability.

If you are not sure whether the Counseling Center is the place to go, contact us and we can assess it together. We will do our best to find the best place to meet your needs.

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.


Groups

Sometimes it's helpful to work through personal problems with other people who are facing the same issues. See our Groups Page for information on current group offerings.

Crisis Intervention

For emergencies regarding student safety and well-being, including suicidal thoughts or attempts, threats to other persons and sexual assault, we will do everything we can to respond in a timely fashion. If you are experiencing a personal crisis, see Emergency/After-Hours Assistance.

Confidentiality

All counseling records are kept confidential, and are not part of university records. With rare exceptions, no information is released to anyone outside the Counseling Center, including other university offices, faculty, staff, or parents without written consent. Exceptions to confidentiality include life-threatening situations (i.e., when someone is deemed to be an imminent danger to harm themselves or others; or in cases of suspected child abuse) or appropriate court order. In these cases, Counselors may disclose information to protect a client or others from harm, or to comply with legal mandates. Counseling Center staff members may share information with each other for the purposes of consultation and training.

What Students Say About Us

The Counseling Center has a good reputation on campus and we care about providing high quality services. During any given year, approximately 600 students seek counseling at the Center. On average, each student attends 5-6 counseling sessions. Here are some of the comments received from student clients on an outcome and satisfaction survey administered every semester:

  • “Great services. I love the proactive approach that my counselor took.”
  • “The Counseling Center helped me through some hard times and for that I am thankful. I have seen counselors at other facilities in the past and [my counselor here] was much better.”
  • “Even when I came in for an emergency session, while my counselor was unavailable, they fit me in immediately and had me talk to someone else.”
  • “As an RA I have had an excellent experience at the Counseling Center, and I have recommended and gotten a few friends to seek help there also.”
  • “I felt that the counselor I was placed with was a great fit for me and what I want to get out of counseling. I was able to be very open and honest with him and the advice and support I was given was really great.”

On the same survey, over 85% of clients consistently tell us that they made improvements on the specific issues for which they sought help. Further, 90% rate the overall quality of service as very good or excellent, and 95% agree or strongly agree that they would return in the future or recommend the Counseling Center to a friend.

Where to find Academic & Career Counseling

Specialized services and resources for academic and career-related concerns are available through the UW-Stout Advisement Center. There you can talk to professional advisors about such things as making schedule changes, academic program changes, transfer decisions, and withdrawing from UW-Stout. You can also take interest assessments and consult with someone about exploring different majors and careers.

Additionally, Career Services provides assistance with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and finding co-ops, internships, and jobs.

Making the Most of Counseling

  • Attend all of your scheduled counseling sessions, or let your counselor know if you have to miss.
  • Honestly and openly voice your thoughts and feelings in counseling.
  • Between sessions, think through the concerns you are addressing in counseling.
  • Complete your counseling homework assignments.
  • Experiment with new and positive ways of doing things and thinking about things.
  • Give your counselor feedback about how counseling is going.