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Health & Counseling Services

Serving our students, body and mind

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disease Information

Our administration and campus health care professionals will continue to closely monitor this developing situationEach MONDAY, Simpson College faculty, staff and students can expect an email update from Heidi Levine, Vice President for Student Development and Planning (heidi.levine@simpson.edu). For up-to-date information, please visit www.simpson.edu/covid19.

Health and Counseling

Healthcare services and information

Katie Lee, RN, BSN
Director of Health Services
Kent Campus Center, 2nd Floor
515-961-1604, katie.lee@simpson.edu

Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Free and discounted products and services available to students

  • Emergency first aid services
  • Assessment of illness and injury
  • Referral and appointment assistance to appropriate health care providers
  • Over-the-counter medications (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, cough drops, etc.) and basic medical supplies (bandages, disposable thermometers, antibiotic ointment, etc.)
  • Medical equipment including crutches, slings, ace wraps, ice packs, etc.
  • Strep, mono, urine, blood glucose and pregnancy testing
  • Emergency contraception offered ($15)
  • Ongoing birth control shots such as Depo
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Health education materials and resources
  • Wellness programming and events throughout the year
  • Student Health 101 magazine

No allergy shots are given at Health Services. Several local providers are available for these services.

Transportation options for students in Indianola and surrounding area can be found here

Health Care Providers
Indianola and Des Moines have excellent options for medical care.

Counseling services and information

Ellie Olson, PhD 
Associate Dean for Counseling, Health, and Leadership
Director, Kent Campus Center, 2nd Floor
515-961-1556, ellie.olson@simpson.edu

Katy Griner, MS
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Counselor, Kent Campus Center, 2nd Floor
515-961-1602, katy.griner@simpson.edu

Alex Lappe, MA
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Kent Campus Center, 2nd Floor
515-961-1373, alex.lappe@simpson.edu

Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

To schedule an appointment: counseling.services@simpson.edu, 515-961-1332

Counseling Services is here to help you resolve personal concerns that may interfere with your academic progress, social development and satisfaction at Simpson. Free individual, group and couples counseling for all Simpson students is available as well as prevention and consultation services for the college community.

Free counseling available to students dealing with:

  • 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
  • Uncertainties about personal values and beliefs
  • Other issues impacting a student's life and academic performance

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

Counseling Services
Counseling Office

Counseling FAQs

Whether you are new to counseling or have had counseling experience before, you may have questions about what to expect from counseling at Simpson. Take a look at some frequently asked questions or contact us directly at counseling.services@simpson.edu