University Counseling Services

University Counseling Updates (4/1/20)

UCS is currently providing telehealth (phone and video) based counseling and case management services. In-person services remain unavailable at this time.

  • Current services offered to those who have current/ongoing relationships with UCS include short term phone or video telehealth counseling, case management and referral, and medication checks through UCS psychiatry.
  • Current services offered to students without an established relationship with UCS are short term phone or video telehealth counseling, and case management and referral.
  • We remain open for phone crisis consultations during business hours. This service can be reached by calling (414) 229-4133. For after hours-crisis assistance use these resources.

UWM students who have concerns about symptoms or potential exposure are encouraged to call NHC at (414) 229-4716 to speak with a medical professional who can provide additional guidance. If traveling it is advisable to closely watch CDC COVID-19 travel updates.

Services are available to eligible UWM students following an initial 30-minute appointment. Schedule an initial appointment or request additional information by calling UCS at 414-229-4133 or by walking into the clinic on the 5th floor of the NWQ, Building B.

Skills Workshops

  • Skills workshops are provided weekly and are available to UCS clients after the initial appointment. The workshops provide quick access to relevant mental health and interpersonal topics specific to concerns commonly identified by students.
  • Skills workshops are set up in a classroom like environment (i.e. not therapy) in that the focus is providing quickly accessible and relevant information. How much you share and participate is entirely up to you!
  • Skills workshops are to be attended once and can be attended in any order following referral from the initial appointment.
  • Current rotating topics include: Anxiety and Depression 101, Stress Management, Healthy Relationships, and Assertiveness.

Group Counseling

  • Groups that provide a safe, supportive environment to explore ways in which you communicate and relate to others. Common themes addressed in group include self-concept and identity, anxiety and depression, interpersonal relationships and conflict. Process groups provide an opportunity to gain support, receive feedback and express related fears and concerns.
  • All students who are referred to group counseling will complete an orientation process during which common questions and concerns are explored.
  • Additional group options can be found here.

Individual Counseling

  • UCS provides short term individual counseling to eligible UWM students. Counseling provides an opportunity to explore and learn about yourself within a confidential, professional relationship and can include:
    • Discussion of life stressors
    • Learning stress management, distress tolerance, and general coping techniques
    • Learning more about the interplay of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
    • Working through particularly challenging memories or experiences
    • Identifying aspects of your life you want to change
    • Better understanding yourself and/or others
  • Typical clinical concerns include: stress, worry, nervousness, anxiety, depression and other mood problems, worry, loneliness, anxiety, guilt, anger, shame, frustration, self-esteem issues, identity concerns, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, sexual assault or physical abuse, and relationship and other interpersonal problems.

Relationship Counseling

  • Relationship counseling for UWM students is appropriate for partners at any stage in their relationship. Both individuals must be eligible UWM students.
  • Concerns often addressed in relationship counseling include: conflict resolution, communication skills, pre-commitment counseling, and exploration of values and/or cultural differences.

Psychiatry – Click here for additional information on UCS Psychiatry Services.

Crisis and Consultation
If you are in crisis, unable to function or fearful for personal safety, crisis intervention is available without an appointment.

  • Crisis services are available between 9-3pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri) and 10-3pm (Tues).

UCS staff offer various mental health outreach activities. These are generally scheduled during the first half of each semester and offered as clinical time permits. Requests can be made using the form found here: Outreach Requests

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ’s or call 414-229-4133 for more information about UCS services.