Campus Life

Counseling Services

Sometimes making the transition from high school to college can bring on new stressors you may not have ever encountered. 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 challenges 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

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

To accomplish the mission, counseling services at Central College will offer:

How We Can Help

Counseling in our office is person-centered, solution-focused and psychoeducational 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. Our focus is on wellness and assisting students with their personal, developmental, and psychological concerns related to their educational progress and personal growth.

When off-campus expertise and/or psychiatric assistance is needed, Central counselors will assist students with the referral process. Students enrolling at Central with previously identified mental health needs may choose to continue with their current providers in addition to checking in with the counseling staff at Central, as needed. If the student is interested, campus staff can assist the student in identifying the resources that are available off campus. It should be noted that referrals to 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 641-628-5656. 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 / Student Development Suite.