What does changing your life look like in Indianapolis or Marion, Indiana?
The IWU Graduate Counseling Clinics operate in state-of-the-art facilities. Services are provided by practicum and internship students under the supervision of licensed and well-qualified mental health professionals.
An Environment of Learning and Growth
Our clinics are equipped with one-way mirrors and secured digital access to live and recorded sessions. All sessions are audio and videotaped to ensure quality supervision and excellent care to the client.
Each student seeing clients in the clinics receives weekly individual and group supervision that exceeds state licensure requirements. All faculty supervisors are trained at the master’s level or beyond, are licensed, and are practicing counselors.
Typical Client Issues Addressed Include:
- Relationships issues
- Self-concepts enhancement
- Time management
- School problems
- Family and marital counseling
- Depression/anxiety disorders
- Assertiveness training
- Career counseling
- Parenting and child discipline
- Coping with loss
- Remarriage and step-family issues
- Stress reduction
- Life adjustment issues
- Normal life transitions
- Mild/moderate psychological disorders
What to Expect
What can you expect from counseling at the Indiana Wesleyan University Graduate Counseling Clinics?
- The first couple of sessions will be about completing important paperwork, getting to know you, and understanding your reason for coming to counseling.
- Then you can expect a collaborative approach to developing a treatment course that is individualized to your needs.
- The length of time for counseling sessions is typically 50 minutes and are scheduled on the hour once a week, but the first session will be up to two hours so that we can get through paperwork and get to know you.
- Sessions can continue until progress has been made or other options for treatment need to be considered for your benefit.
Eligibility and Cost
Services are offered at low cost to the community and are provided to all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender/sexual orientation, disability or marital status.
Fees are based on a sliding fee scale that varies from FREE sessions up to $20 per session. However, nobody will be turned away for financial reasons so it is encouraged that each person communicates with his or her counselor about financial needs.
How to Get Started
- Call one of our clinics
- Complete a phone intake
- A student counselor will be in contact with details of first appointment*
- Attend first session
*We strive to get clients to their first appointment within a week of initial contact.
Parents/guardians must accompany children on their first visit. A determination will be made during the first session regarding who will attend counseling to best serve the child’s needs. Custody paperwork may be requested for minors to ensure the appropriate parent/guardian gives approval for the child to receive counseling. All inquiries are treated as confidential.
It is beyond the clinics’ scope of practice to address severe and persistent mental illness unless the consumer is stabilized through the receipt of appropriate and concurrent psychiatric services. In addition, the clinics are unable to provide service to individuals, couples, or families who demonstrate high risk of violence. The clinics also do not provide expert testimony in court cases or disability cases. The clinics do not offer 24-hour crisis and hot line services. In all cases, appropriate referrals are provided to persons for whom clinic services are deemed inappropriate.
We respect the rights of clients and adhere to professional ethics as enacted by organizations such as the American Counseling Association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, NAADAC, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. In accordance with these ethical principles, service providers at the IWU Graduate Counseling Clinics maintain client confidentiality, report suspected child and elderly abuse, and tell appropriate authorities if clients become a danger to themselves or others. Services are provided to all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, age, disability, or marital status.