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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 care, 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

Assistant Dean of Health and Wellness, Counselor

Phone: 319.399.8843
Office: Student Life Office, Upper Gage

Melea White

Cathy Muller, MSW, LMSW

Student Care Coordinator, Counselor

Phone: 319.399.8843
Office: Student Life Office, Upper Gage

Crisis Services/Crisis Stabilization

If you need to speak with someone immediately or this is an emergency...

  • If you are on campus, contact Campus Safety & Security at 319.399.8888. (available 24/7)
  • Call Foundation 2, Crisis Services at 319.362.2174 or 800.332.4224.(available 24/7)
  • Linn Co. Mental Health Access Center, walk-in hours available 24/7
  • National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention hotline, call 988
  • Go to an emergency room or call 911. (available 24/7)

Short-term Counseling Options:

Olson Marriage and Family Clinic  

*Off-campus or tele-health, 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.

Tanager Place

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 short term counseling options students may receive up to 6 counseling sessions at no cost.  If students need to utilize support beyond the short-term options, students may opt to continue/begin with services through Tanager via health insurance or self-pay options. To inquire more about these services or a wider array of services, please contact Tanager to discuss with their referral specialist.

Phone: 319.286.4503
Office: Upper Gage, Student Life Office 206 or 1030 5th Ave SE, Suite #3000

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

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 during the academic year and by appointment.  Office hours will resume Fall 2022.

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.

Longer-term/On-going counseling resources (Students will need to utilize insurance or self-pay for these services):

Tanager Place | email: | 319.286.4503 | 1030 5th Ave SE, Suite #3000 (0.7 miles from campus)

Cedar Centre | 319.365.3993 | 1730 1st Ave. NE (0.5 mile from campus)

Family Psychology Associates | 319.378.1199 | 1221 Center Point Road (1 mile from campus)

Creative Counseling | 319.284.1514 | 3525 Center Point Road NE, Suite C | (2.1 miles from campus)

Substance Misuse Resources I Linn County area resources

Resources that may offer sliding fee scale or financial assistance options for services to uninsured/underinsured individuals:

Abbe Center (same-day access with walk-in hours) | 319.398.3562 | 520 11th St. NW (1.8 miles from campus) We encourage you to contact their financial assistance office with questions.

Eastern Iowa Health Center | 319.730.7300 | 1201 3rd Ave SE (0.5 miles to campus)

Together We Care | | Search for free or low-cost programs to help with health care, health insurance, food, housing, transportation, job training and more.

*Please Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all providers in the area.

**Unless noted with walk-in/same day care options, services are by appointment only.

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.   To inquire more about these services, please reach out with questions or concerns.