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Campus Counseling

A college education offers many opportunities, yet it also comes with its fair share of stress, overwhelm and emotional disruption. You may be struggling because of an overbooked schedule, relationship issues, poor self-esteem or low self-worth, depression, anxiety, disorder eating, or a host of other personal issues. Sometimes life’s concerns can distract you from your academic work and, your ability to remain productive in important areas of your life.

If you feel as if your personal quality of life is being impacted negatively by the stressors hanging over-head and you would like to talk with a counselor about your concerns, consider scheduling an appointment with Counseling Services on campus. To contact the campus mental health counselor directly you may email wsh-counseling@uwm.edu. This is a confidential email address that is only accessed by the Counseling Department.

Meet Your Counselor

Michael Weber, MS LPC 

mike weberMike completed his Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His experience includes working in community support, outpatient counseling, and for UWM. Mike strives to have an inclusive environment for all students. He enjoys getting to meet and learn from different people and focuses on a person’s strengths and goals. Starting the counseling process can be intimidating and confusing, if you have questions or concerns, please call or email so we can talk about those with you. 

When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, pets, DIY projects, Netflix, video games, and cooking. 

covid support group

Fall 2020 COVID Support Group 

This fall, in response to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the Counseling Center will be offering an online support group for students. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity for students to open up about the difficulties it has brought into their lives, and to learn and share ways to make things better. The group will have an open format, attend when you can! 

The first meeting will take place on Monday, September 14th at 12pm. If you are interested, please email wsh-counseling@uwm.edu to request a Teams invite. 

Common Concerns

  •     Depression
  •     Anxiety
  •     Breakup of a romantic relationship
  •     Family problems
  •     Relationship problems with a partner, roommate, friend or professor
  •     Problems with drugs and/or alcohol
  •     Eating disorders
  •     Stress management
  •     Suicidal thinking
  •     Grief and loss
  •     Lack of motivation

Counseling Can Help

  •     Use personal strengths and attributes in a variety of situations
  •     Identify problem areas and factors that contribute to difficulties and dissatisfaction
  •     Learn what thoughts and behaviors contribute to problems and how to change them
  •     Improve stress-management skills
  •     Build self-confidence and self-esteem
  •     Enhance the quality of relationships
  •     Make better decisions
  •     Lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life

What Is Counseling Like?

A first-time counseling session usually involves giving the counselor background information and talking about what led the student to schedule an appointment. The counselor and student will work together to develop a list of goals the student would like to accomplish while attending counseling. Subsequent sessions will focus on reaching these goals. Your counselor will join with you to support you taking ownership in improving your quality of life. Human beings strive for agency in their life and environment. Through brief, solution-focused counseling you can obtain actionable steps and solutions toward an improved quality of life.

Eligibility

UWM at Washington County provides short-term mental health counseling (typically six sessions or less) for currently enrolled students. If it is assessed that the need for treatment requires long-term counseling or resources/competencies beyond what can be provided, assistance will be given with a referral to an appropriate off-campus mental health provider.

Confidentiality Policy

Respecting students’ privacy is of the utmost importance. Confidentiality is strictly maintained under the guidelines of state and federal laws as well as professional ethics. Students’ counseling files are held separately from academic and conduct files. No one is given any information about you without your written permission.