Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides free individual, group and couples counseling for Simpson Students, as well as prevention and consultation services for the college community.

Counseling Services can help students resolve personal concerns that may interfere with their academic progress, social development, and satisfaction at Simpson. Some of the more common concerns include difficulty with friends, roommates, or family members; depression and anxiety; sexual identity; lack of motivation or difficulty relaxing, concentrating or studying; eating disorders; substance abuse; sexual assault and sexual abuse recovery; and uncertainties about personal values and beliefs.

Office Hours & Contact Information:

Kent Campus Center                Monday through Friday
701 North C Street                    8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Indianola, IA 50125
Phone: (515) 961-1332
Fax: (515) 961-1674

**To schedule an appointment please call (515) 961-1332, email, or stop by. Appointments are usually available within one week.  Ellie Olson and Katy Griner are in the office Monday-Friday and Stacey Warren is in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays.**


Ellie Olson, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Director

Phone: (515) 961-1556

Katy Griner, MS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Counselor

Phone: (515) 961-1602

Stacey Warren, MS, Licensed Independent Social Worker, Part-Time Counselor

Phone: (515) 961-1373


If an emergency occurs during business hours, please contact Counseling Services in person or by phone and ask to speak to a counselor immediately. Please note that email is not constantly monitored during business hours. If after hours, contact Campus Security at (515) 961-1711 or the police at 911.

Additional resources include:

Iowa Lutheran Hospital (515) 263-5120

Mercy Medical Center (515) 247-3121

Crisis Observation Center (515) 564-5742

National Suicide Hotline (800) 273-8255

Statewide Crisis Line  (800) 332-4224

For additional information, please see our frequently asked questions page, our brief listing of self-help resources, or our listing of various community and crisis resources.