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Counseling Services Home Page

Simpson College Counseling Services remain committed to supporting students’ wellbeing and mental health. As Simpson has temporarily shifted to a distance learning model due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Counseling Services have temporarily shifted our service model to include:

Telehealth, Consultation, & Referral Services

To get connected, please call (515) 961-1332 or email counseling.services@simpson.edu and we will respond to schedule with one of our counselors. If you have worked with a counselor at Simpson in the past, you can also email them directly!

When you leave a message or email us, we will send you all the necessary paperwork remotely and provide directions on how to connect for your appointment. We use a program called Zoom for Telehealth, which is HIPAA compliant and uses students' existing Zoom accounts. 

Counseling Services provides free individual, group and couples counseling for Simpson students, as well as prevention and consultation services for the college community, and assistance with connecting to community-based counselors.

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

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Counseling Services staff are currently not meeting in person, but we ARE continuing counseling via teletherapy using video and/or telephone, and we ARE taking new clients during this time.

To schedule an appointment or speak with a Counselor, please call (515) 961-1332 or email counseling.services@simpson.edu. You will typically receive a response to your message within one business day, and appointments are usually available within one business week.

To access our Virtual Drop-In Hours (Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 or Fridays 9:00-noon), click tiny.cc/simpsoncounselingdropin and you will enter our waiting room. Drop-in meetings last 20-30 minutes and are on a first come, first served basis.

Our open hours are 8:00am-4:30pm Central Time, Monday-Friday.

Kent Campus Center              
701 North C Street                    
Indianola, IA 50125
Email: counseling.services@simpson.edu
Phone: (515) 961-1332
Fax: (515) 961-1674

Staff

Ellie Olson, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Associate Dean of Counseling, Health, and Leadership
Phone: (515) 961-1556
ellie.olson@simpson.edu

Katy Griner, MS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Counselor 
Phone: (515) 961-1602
katy.griner@simpson.edu

Alex Rohn, MA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Part Time Counselor
Phone: (515) 961-1373
alex.lappe@simpson.edu

Emergencies

Please note that Counseling Services email and voicemail are not constantly monitored, and should not be utilized in cases of emergency.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency related to your or another's personal safety, call 911 or visit your local emergency room. If you are on campus, contact Campus Security at (515) 961-1711.

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

Central Iowa Crisis Line (800) 258-8858

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