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Wellness Groups: Relationships and Interpersonal Effectiveness

Bring along a friend this Wednesday to learn about what goes into a healthy relationship and how you can communicate more effectively with the people in your life.  We’ll bring the snacks!

(Use your ID for access to the Smith Hall Lounge.)

P.S.  If you missed it last week, there’s another opportunity to attend the Self-Care Wellness Group on Thursday, March 3rd from 1pm – 2:30pm in Egtvedt 203.  See you there!   


Counseling Center Update

The beginning of this semester may look a little different, but the Counseling Center is still here for you!

We will continue to provide FREE and confidential counseling for all students.  In line with current WPU policy, counseling sessions will be remote (telehealth) through a secure Zoom link until WPU is open for in-person activities again.

To schedule an appointment, email us at and list the times you are available to meet with a counselor.  We’ll get you scheduled with a counselor and provide you with a brief intake form to fill out.  Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Monday and Tuesday 9am-3pm
Wednesday 9am-6pm
Thursday 9am-5pm

When is it helpful to see a counselor?

People come to counseling to find support and have a safe place to process what’s going on in their lives.  At the Counseling Center, we can help you with a variety of challenges, including anxiety, stress, depression, loneliness, and relationship conflicts – just to name a few.  We’re also here if you want to find ways to work towards your goals and improve your performance in academics, athletics, or at work.   Some other signs that it might be helpful to talk with a counselor:

  • Everything you feel is intense or overwhelming (or reversely, you feel numb and detached from life).
  • You’ve suffered trauma and you can’t seem to stop thinking about it.
  • You have unexplained and recurrent headaches, stomach-aches or a rundown immune system.
  • You’re using a substance to cope.
  • You take extra measures to either avoid people completely or constantly distract yourself from being by yourself.
  • You’re getting negative feedback from work or school.
  • You feel disconnected from previously beloved activities.
  • Your relationships are strained.
  • Your friends or family have told you they’re concerned.

When self-harm or suicidal thoughts are present, talk to someone and see a counselor. This is absolutely a time to engage in a non-judgmental, accepting counseling relationship to find the support and care that you need.  We are here to support you!

If you have questions, please reach out to or visit our website:

Mental Health Needs Survey

Reminder!  This is the last week to participate in the Mental Health Needs Survey.  Check your WPU email for the the link.

Help us make Warner Pacific a more resilient community! 

You are invited to participate in a confidential survey to help the Counseling Center understand areas of challenge and growth for WPU students.  Our goal is to better serve the mental health needs of our community, and this survey will give the faculty and staff insight into ways we can foster health and wellness at WPU.

The technical stuff: You’ll receive four reminder emails with a link to the survey, but please fill it out only once.  It should take about 15 minutes.  You must be 18 or older to participate.  The survey does not collect your personal information unless you’d like to provide your email address for additional resources.  The survey does ask for demographic information, but you are free to skip any question in the survey.  Data will be kept confidentially in the Counseling Center and be presented in an aggregate form to avoid unintentional identification of students.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Hanna Maxwell at

Sugar the Labradoodle at the Counseling Center!

The Counseling Center will have a special visitor on Thursday, November 11th from 9am-3pm.

Sugar the Labradoodle is 6 years old, and she loves her belly rubbed and ears scratched. She enjoys chasing after her toys but plays keep away instead of “bring it back”. Gene, her owner, will provide toys and treats for you to give Sugar.  Students and employees are welcome!

Reserve your 15 minute session here!

Email Hanna Maxwell at with any questions.

Get to Know the Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is here for you!  

We provide free and confidential counseling to all WPU students.  We offer both in-person sessions (masks, physical distancing, and other protocols are still in place) and remote (telehealth) services, depending on your preference. Check out our short introduction video to see the Counseling Center and meet the staff!

To learn more about our counselors, see their bios at

Curious about what counseling is like? has more info on what to expect in therapy.

Ready to give it a try?  Email us at with questions or to schedule an appointment. 

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Meet the Counseling Center Team!



Carlee, Jessica, Raquel, Gene, and Hanna look forward to connecting with you this year!

The WPU Counseling Center offers FREE and confidential services for all students.  We provide remote (telehealth) services through a secure Zoom link. The Center is continuing to provide in-person services (masks, physical distancing, and other protocols are in place).

Monday and Tuesday from 9am-3pm
Wednesday 9am-6pm
Thursday 9am-5pm

If you’d like to check in with a counselor, email us at  Want more information first?  Check out our page: WPU Counseling Center