Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides free individual, group and couples counseling for Simpson Students, as well as prevention and consultation services for the university 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:

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


Ellie Olson, PhD, Director

Phone: 515-961-1556

Katy Griner, M.S., LMHC, Counselor

Phone: 515-961-1602

Stacey Warren, MS, LISW, Counselor

Phone: 515-961-1373

**To schedule an appointment please stop by, call or email Appointments are usually available within one week.  Ellie Olson and Katy Griner are in the office Monday-Friday and Kari Uhl is in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays.

If an emergency occurs during business hours, please contact Counseling Services and ask to speak to a counselor immediately. 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

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 a listing of various community and crisis resources.