Mental Health Services

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK. Help is available for you or someone you care about, 24-7.Occasionally you may encounter situations in your life that affect your learning environment. When these situations arise, counseling is available to provide short-term assistance, and in some cases, referral to community resources for long-term help.

Local Mental Health Services

Talk with a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

Meeting individually with a licensed professional counselor in a private setting can help you to clarify thoughts and feelings, develop problem-solving skills and coping strategies, and to construct a plan for the future.

The Student Health Clinic provides free confidential counseling services with a licensed mental health practitioner. Insurance will not be billed for counseling services.

Our counselor is available to help you with:

  • Stress management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Personal/social problems
  • Family problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Concerns with domestic violence or abuse
  • Sexual harassment or rape
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Substance abuse counseling with referral available
  • Test anxiety
  • Anger
  • Personal struggles with self-worth, self-acceptance, etc.
  • Homesickness
  • Life transitions

Mental Health Counselor Deanna Shafer

Deanna Shafer, LMSW, is a mental health counselor employed by UnityPoint Health Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center.  She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Northern Iowa.

Deanna has been working in the Waterloo community for the past 6 years.  She is bilingual in English and Spanish and is passionate about working with diverse populations. Deanna has special interest and training in trauma-informed care.

In her role at Hawkeye Community College, Deanna will be providing a wide range of mental health services, including evaluations, screenings, individual therapy, couples counseling, education, information, and referral services. 

To schedule a session with Deanna contact the Student Health Clinic.

Student Health Clinic

Health Education and Services Center—left door entrance
319-296-4224
319-296-4270 (fax)
Email us

Regular Hours

Hours subject to change depending on staff availability.

Fall 2019

Monday 8:30am–4:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am–6:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am–4:00pm
Thursday 8:30am–4:00pm
Friday 8:30am–1:00pm

After hours options

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