The mission of the Rockhurst University Counseling Center is to enhance students' academic success and personal development in a warm, supportive, and confidential environment that celebrates the uniqueness of each person. If you are viewing this page, it is likely that you are a family member or friend who is concerned about the well-being of a Rockhurst student. Consistent with the University's core value of caring for the whole person, we provide individual counseling, academic support (organization/time-management skills), life coaching, consultation, and limited assessment services. We are staffed by three licensed psychologists and one part-time doctoral graduate student. Meet the staff of the Rockhurst University Counseling Center.
Our intent is to help students successfully navigate the normal, and sometimes unexpected, challenges of emerging adulthood. Whether that be homesickness and adapting to college, learning to better manage stress and function independently, dealing with difficult relationship issues, or more long-term mental health issues like depression, anxiety, overcoming trauma, or eating disorders, the staff of the counseling center is here to help. Recognizing that we are working with young adults, our role is not to tell them what to do. Oftentimes, students want quick and easy answers to difficult or complex concerns. The reality is that usually there are no easy answers. Struggling through challenges provides a context for strengthening resilience, building a foundation of personal commitment, and learning to lean into the resources around them. In short, transformation from the pseudo-independence of the typical incoming freshman into an emerging adult who is aware of his/her strengths and weaknesses, who finds and appropriately uses social, academic, and financial resources, and who is increasingly grounded - experiencing the world as it is while striving to use the gifts and talents to pursue the passions God has instilled in him/her.
All currently enrolled students at Rockhurst University are eligible for free psychological services at the counseling center. Our staff works with students towards managing personal, career and educational concerns which may interfere with their academic progress. Most students are seen for weekly appointments lasting between 30-50 minutes. On average, students are able to address their concerns in three to seven sessions. Oftentimes, students will use our services episodically during their years at Rockhurst. If longer-term services are most appropriate, we will work with the student to establish goals and a treatment plan or determine if he/she would be better served by a specialist in the community. If desired, we can assist in providing community referrals.
The counseling center and other campus and community resources can provide support services to assist students in pursuing their goals. However, it is important to have realistic expectations regarding what the University and surrounding community can provide. The counseling center provides therapy and support services primarily during extended business hours (8 a.m.–6 p.m.); however, after-hours availability and emergency services are limited. We have no way to make sure students are taking their medications, and do not make wake-up calls to get them up in the morning in time for class.
If you have questions or concerns about your student, the psychologists in the counseling center are available to speak with you. They can assist you in assessing the situation and its seriousness, and in making a referral. A consultation may help you identify ways you can be most effective with your student, and in locating campus resources that you can suggest to him/her. Please know that if your student is receiving services in the counseling center, we will not able to provide information about these services due to our adherence to client confidentiality (unless there is a signed release of information).