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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
Email: ebarnard@coe.edu


Melea White

Melea White, MSSW, LISW, MDiv.

College Chaplain and Counselor

Phone: 319.399.8843
Office: Student Development Suite, Upper Gage
Email: meleawhite@coe.edu


Andrew Beer, Ph.D, LMFT, RPT & Emma Thompson, LMFT

Tanager Place Therapists

Phone: 319.286-4517
Office: Upper Gage, Office 109A
Email: tanager@coe.edu

Click HERE to schedule with Tanager therapist

*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)
Website: www.olsonMFTclinic.com

To request an appointment with the Olson Clinic, click HERE

*FREE for Coe students. 


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.