Counseling Services

Counseling services are available free of charge to all current Waukesha County Technical College students.  The counseling staff is a team of compassionate licensed professionals who provide emotional support services for students as they work toward their educational and personal goals. Counseling at WCTC is typically short term in duration, and referrals can be made to appropriate community resources for long-term care if needed. Counselors help students clarify concerns, set goals, gain insight into themselves and others, learn effective coping skills and resolve personal/educational barriers.

Services

Individual and Group Counseling

Counselors offer help in addressing many situations, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Fitting in/feeling accepted
  • Lack of motivation
  • Transition to college
  • Relationship concerns with partner, friends, family
  • Career direction
  • Difficulties with alcohol or other drugs
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Thoughts of harming self or others

Crisis Counseling

If a student is experiencing a crisis – a severe psychological or emotional emergency – counselors can provide intervention, assessment, education, guidance and support. Those in crisis who urgently need assistance may:

During regular business hours: Visit Counseling Services (College Center, room C-022) or call 262.695.3440 to see if a same-day appointment can be scheduled.

After regular business hours: call 211 First Call for Help or 262.547.3388.

In a life threatening emergency: dial 911.

Outreach Education

WCTC recognizes the importance of continually developing individual students through the Critical Life Skills integrated into all campus activities including coursework and service areas. Counselors offer free workshops which cover many of these skills. A listing of workshops can be found in the right-hand column of this page.

Benefits of Counseling

Counseling is a process whereby those struggling with some aspect of life enter into a therapeutic relationship with a licensed mental health professional in order to gain insight and make positive changes.

This process may involve exploring thoughts, perceptions, reactions, behaviors and emotions in order to better understand oneself.  Counseling can assist in reducing feelings of stress.  It can improve the ability to engage in healthy decision-making, and provides Students with an opportunity to improve:

  • Stress management
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Decision making
  • Motivation
  • Mood
  • Quality of life

Our Commitment to Diversity

WCTC Counseling Services is committed to creating a safe, welcoming and affirming environment for all. This includes students who access our services as well as all individuals who are part of our College community.

We view diversity as encompassing intersecting identities, including ethnic/racial identity, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, socio-economic status, age, ability and point of view. We strive to make Counseling Services a safe place where individuals can strengthen their self-acceptance, confidence, and comfort with their own individual identities.

Confidentiality

WCTC Counseling Services places a high priority on privacy and confidentiality. All appointments for mental health services, personal information, and files are strictly confidential.  Counseling records are NOT part of a student’s academic records. To assure safety and follow the law, counselors (all professionally licensed in Wisconsin) may be required to share information without written consent in these rare circumstances:

  • To protect the client or others from imminent harm
  • To protect children, disabled or the elderly from abuse
  • When mandated by a court order
  • Where otherwise required or permitted by law