Cottey College Counseling Services is committed to fostering the growth and development of Cottey students. By providing mental health services in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment, the counseling staff strives to help students acquire the skills, attitudes, and insights that will enable them to meet the challenges of life in an academic community. The counseling staff encourages personal, campus, and community responsibility and promotes the wellness of the whole student: emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, and occupational.

The Counseling Office provides students with an opportunity to explore their concerns and problems with a clinical therapist in a confidential setting. The counselors are available to all students during the academic calendar year. The college years are times of accelerated growth, significant challenges, and considerable stress. Students come to counseling with problems including interpersonal conflicts, anxiety, homesickness, family problems, and the following:


The Counseling office is located in the Student Wellness Center west of Robertson Hall and is designed to offer counseling services and programs to assist students in realizing their potential in all aspects of college life. Two licensed therapists are available to provide counseling services including confidential short-term individual counseling for students experiencing personal, academic, or adjustment problems. The Counseling Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, contact Robin Conner at ext. 2157. Please indicate if your needs are urgent to obtain immediate assistance. In case of emergency, call the Counseling Office at extension 2157 during work hours. After hours, call your hall director, resident assistant, or peer listener to arrange for emergency counseling services.

Cottey College has a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program for those individuals who are in need of assistance. If you are a student, please call Robin Conner at ext. 2157 to make a confidential appointment with a member of the Cottey counseling staff. Following assessment, further treatment recommendations will be made if indicated. The information is kept confidential, and students may seek assistance without any repercussions. Faculty, administration, and staff may call Human Resources at ext. 2103 for further information. Student and staff involvement has continued to be an important key in reaching our goal of early identification and intervention to assist students and employees experiencing alcohol and drug problems. Hard copy of the policy is available by contacting Robin Conner at ext. 2157.


Cottey College Counselors for 2020-2021

Jeanna Simpson, Director of Health and Counseling Services; Robin Conner, Student Health Office Manager; Blaklee Sanders, Counselor

Links to Other Resources

Depression and Suicide

The following links provide information and resources including signs, symptoms, and treatment options for depression and suicide.>

Abuse Prevention
Addiction Resource

Suicide Prevention
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
The National Institute of Mental Health

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association is dedicated to increasing the awareness and prevention of eating disorders with education of signs, symptoms and treatment of eating disorders.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

Alcohol Issues
ProjectKnow Understanding Addiction

Resources from the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center

College drinking-changing the culture; alcohol related facts

Alcohol screening tool

The Bacchus network health education with alcohol prevention and awareness information

AddictionCenter: Preventing Substance Abuse in College

A Comprehensive Guide to Drugs on Campus


Tobacco Cessation Resources
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Smoking & Tobacco Use

American Cancer Society | Great American Smokeout

The Missouri Tobacco Quitline

An on-line resource center for college mental health and emotional well being.

This site provides tools for a successful college career, including healthy eating, anxiety, mental health, relationship abuse, smoking, and other health topics


National Alliance on Mental Illness – mental health education and resources

Student Health and Wellness Guide

Guide to College Student Mental Health

Student Guide to Surviving Stress and Anxiety in College and Beyond

Fact Sheets

Whether you need help picking a school that is the best fit, are looking for tips on managing stress once on campus, or want guidance in making a smooth transition for a student dealing with an issue like depression, this site has the tools and information you need. The Transition Year is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.

Domestic Violence Resources
Domestic Violence Help Guide: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/domestic-violence-and-abuse.htm

Domestic Violence Resource Library: http://www.datingadvice.com/directories/domestic-violence-resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline: http://www.thehotline.org/

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: http://www.ncadv.org/

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: http://www.nrcdv.org/

Feminist Majority Foundation: http://www.feminist.org/911/crisis.html

Helpguide.org: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/help-for-abused-and-battered-women.htm

Womans Law: http://www.womenslaw.org/

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