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Mental Health & Counseling

We strive to meet the needs of students by providing a safe, supportive and confidential environment that promotes self-awareness, fosters responsibility and respect, and teaches effective coping strategies.

Our vision is to create a campus environment that actively encourages and supports all students to learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally, and to create a vibrant academic community in which every student feels a sense of belonging, purpose and value. Coe provides short-term counseling to students at no charge. If students anticipate needing more intensive, long-term treatment, our staff is able to refer to necessary resources in the Cedar Rapids area and surrounding communities.

As part of our commitment to providing support to enhance your academic and personal life and college experience, we want to share with you of some of the counseling options available to you as a Coe student.

Counseling is your chance to think out loud with an experienced and objective listener who can help you explore your options, offer new ways to cope with situations, provide information about helpful resources or just simply listen. 

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Emily Barnard

Emily Barnard, MSW, LISW

Director of Health and Wellness, Counselor

Phone: 319.399.8843
Office: Student Development Suite, Upper Gage

Melea White

Melea White, MSSW, LISW, MDiv.

College Chaplain and Counselor

Phone: 319.399.8843
Office: Student Development Suite, Upper Gage

Tanager Place Therapists

Coe has partnered with Tanager Place to provide a wide array of services to our students.
The clinical services available as part of this offering for Coe students include the following:

  • Individual and crisis therapy.
  • Evaluation and assessment of needs.
  • Outreach and collaboration.
  • Evidence-based outcomes with proven success.
  • Active link to other Tanager programs and community services.

For a wider array of services, please contact Tanager to discuss your needs.

Phone: 319.286-4503
Office: Upper Gage, Office 109A (Currently offered via tele-therapy ONLY — Spring 2021)

*Tanager Place therapists provide services to Coe students coordinated by Coe Health and Wellness, but are not employees of the college.

Olson Marriage and Family Clinic  

*Off-campus, short-term counseling

Phone: 319.368,6493
Location: 1650 Matterhorn Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (aprox. 2 miles from campus)

To request an appointment with the Olson Clinic, click HERE

*FREE for Coe students. 

Riverview Center

Sexual Assault Support

Riverview Center offers FREE and confidential services to Coe students who have experienced sexual misconduct and sexual violence. Advocates are available to meet with Coe students on campus during walk-in office hours.  Spring 2021 office hours begin: Wednesday, February 1st from 1-3pm and continue every other week for the term.

Students may also utilize the 24 hr. crisis support line at 888.557.0310

Amani Services

Amani Services offers FREE, culturally specific services to students of color.  Amani providers are able to meet with Coe students on campus by appointment.

Phone: 319.804.0741

TAO Connect

TAO Connect is an online therapy assistance platform that increases engagement and improves treatment outcomes for individuals with mental health concerns. This is a 24/7 service available FREE to all students, faculty and staff. When creating an account, you must use your Coe Gmail account for login.


If you have specific needs for longer term therapy or are interested in medication management, we can help provide referrals to other providers in the community.  As part of our partnership with Tanager Place, students may also access a wider array of support offered by their agency.  To inquire more about these services, please reach out with questions or concerns.