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
- 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
- Personal struggles with self-worth, self-acceptance, etc.
- Life transitions
Mental Health Counselor Deanna Shafer
Deanna Shafer, LISW, is a mental health therapist 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.