Sometimes making the transition from high school to college can bring on new stresses you may not have ever encountered before. It’s often a time of confusion as students experiment with new levels of independence, intimacy and their core identities. Some students will bring significant emotional and psychological baggage to college with them. As a result, we know that stress, loneliness, depression or anxiety is a reality for many students. At Central, you will not be left alone should you be among those struggling with life.

Our Mission

To empower students by preparing, supporting and challenging them to be effective in their academic, personal and professional lives and to serve as a resource to the campus community when our expertise is applicable.

How We Can Help

Counseling on campus is person-centered, short-term, solution focused and psycho-educational in nature. The goal is to help students resolve personal difficulties and acquire the skills, attitudes, abilities and knowledge that will enable them to take full advantage of their college experience. Rather than focus on mental illness from a medical model, our focus is on mental health and assisting students with their personal, developmental, and psychological concerns related to their educational progress and personal growth. Our approach is closer to that of coaching and guidance than it is to psychotherapy.

When students are better served by long-term therapy, off-campus expertise and/or psychiatric assistance, students are referred to outside agencies. The student may decline a referral, but it will be explained to him/her that long-term therapy on campus is not available. Students enrolling at Central with previously identified mental health needs that require consistent and ongoing care should plan to continue with their current providers when possible, and/or arrange for continued care with off-campus mental health providers. Campus staff can assist you in identifying the resources that are available in Pella.

All counseling and testing services on campus are free. However, treatment sought at off-campus agencies may involve costs for which the student is responsible.


8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Current students can schedule an appointment to see a counselor by calling 641-628-5856. Evening appointments are available by appointment when necessary. Counseling services are not available on-campus during the summer.

The counseling services office is located on the second floor of the Maytag Student Center.