Counseling Services
The Counseling Center at Villa Maria College provides professional counseling in a safe, confidential and comfortable setting.


Services for Every Student

Need Help?

Counseling is a helping process that takes place in an atmosphere of acceptance, respect and trust. The counselor works with students in a safe and confidential environment to help them understand themselves, their behaviors, feelings and relationships. Whether facing personal, educational, interpersonal and/or social concerns, counseling can help.

Personal Counseling

The personal counseling process can help you sort out your situation, identify obstacles, explore options and create strategies for how to proceed and resolve issues. Whether facing issues like depression, anxiety, loss, relationship concerns or just day-to-day stress, counseling can help students gain self-awareness, identify personal strengths and learn techniques for coping and overcoming obstacles to help develop full potential. Some concerns may be related to normal development while others may be related to specific issues. Some common issues of concern are:

  • Managing anxiety
  • Reducing stress
  • Adjusting to college
  • Dealing with loss
  • Self doubt
  • Deailng with depression
  • Making difficult decisions and clarifying choices
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with incidents of sexual assault/trauma
  • Homesickness
  • Overcoming shyness
  • Handling unexpected events
  • Procrastionation
  • And more…

Couples Counseling

Couples counseling can help you and your partner improve communication, enhance understanding and deal with relationship issues.

Educational Counseling

Educational counseling can help promote your development as a successful student.Individual sessions provide opportunity to identify your areas of concern and cultivate strategies for how to achieve academically. It can help you set goals, improve time management skills,communication skills,deal with test anxiety, deal with fear of public speaking and/or other related issues that nay influence academic performance.

Workshops & Presentations

The counselor offers presentations and workshops on a variety of topics including:

  • Stress management
  • Improving communication/presentation skills
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Balancing college and life responsibilities
  • Assertiveness training
  • Healthy relationships
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Understanding personality types
  • Promoting emotional health
  • The wellness concept
  • Relaxation techniques

Requests for presentations are gladly accepted.

Programs and Outreach

Villa’s counseling staff collaborates with other student life staff to participate in additional programming to assist in the overall development of students. The Villa Maria College Wellness Team, which consists of Health Services and Campus Ministry, provides outreach, activities and small group workshops to help students understand the connection between body, mind, and spirit and promote the dimensions of wellness.

Support for Adult Students

Returning to school can be exhilarating and stressful. We can help. Our H.A.N.D.S. (Helping Adults New Dreams Succeed) program, provides opportunity to meet with the counselor to address your particular situation to gain insight into how you can set goals, manage multiple roles, determine appropriate strategies and possible connect with alumni who successfully returned to school after several years.

Making an Appointment

Students may make an appointment by calling or visiting the Counseling Center. Students are typically iffered an appointment within a few days of the time they contact the Center. During periods when demand is greatest, however, a student may not be able to be seen right away. If a students needs to cancel or reschedule an appointment, they are asked to give notice.

Eligibility for Services

Counseling is free of charge and all enrolled students are eligible to receive counseling services. Students may be referred off campus if specialty care is needed. When time and circumstance permits, students on leave, graduates, faculty, administrators and staff members may consult with counseling staff for a referral to a mental health service in the community.


The Counseling Center provides a safe, confidential environment that ensures a positive working relationship with student clients. Counseling information is not released to anyone without the student’s written permission except in limited circumstances as may be required by law.

Self-Help Resources

Virtual Pamphlets on a variety of topics are published by College Counseling Centers throughout the nation and made available to college students. You may access these pamphlets through the University of Chicago’s Virtual Pamphlet Collection.

If you need help right away, or would like to talk now, you can also visit our page on ULifeline, which offers a directory of services, and convenient, confidential contact information.

As we walk through the path of life, there are always places to reach out for support along the way.

Services for Every Student

Some people think counseling is only for people who have problems.
The fact is, we all have challenges at one point or another.
Counseling is for people who want to learn how to become more successful, self aware, independent and resourceful.

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