Counseling Services are a confidential service available to College of General Studies students at no extra cost.
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.
Need Help Right Now?
For life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Friends, Inc.: 262-436-2101
Impact 211: 866-211-3380
Froedert West Bend Hospital
3200 Pleasant Valley Drive
West Bend, WI 530956
Acute Care Services – Crisis Intervention Team
Crisis Line 262-365-6565
Counseling Services through the College of General Studies
To be eligible a student must be paying segregated fee’s towards the College of General Studies and are attending UWM at the Waukesha or Washington County campuses. Students at other campuses of UWM can check their eligibility for services through University Counseling.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a confidential email address that is only accessed by the Counseling Department.
Meet Your Counselor
Michael Weber, MS LPC
Mike 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.
- 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
How 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.
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.
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.
There are many resources that counseling can provide. Below are some videos and other resources to help!
YOU@UWM is a 24/7 health and wellness focused platform to help you holisticly. It is a no cost option for students of UWM.
Online Mental Health Screenings
UWM has online self screenings for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and disordered eating behaviors. These anonymous screening measures are used throughout the U.S. and on hundreds of college campuses. Take the screenings and find out more information.
Additional Online Resources
Please click on the links below to learn more about the indicated topics areas. (This page contains links to internal and external webpages. UWM and Counseling Services does not control external site content or attest to its accuracy).
- Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)
- Depression / Mood Disorders
- Domestic Violence / Relationship Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Grief and Loss
- Mental Health Resources for UWM Students of Color
- Mental Health/Wellness Resources for AAPI Students & Allies – NEW!
- Psychotic Disorders
- Relationship Issues
- Sexual Violence
- Stress Management
- Suicide Prevention