Counseling Services

counsel_1Counseling Services offers a broad range of preventative, remedial, and developmental services to the Valparaiso University community. We assist students in functioning more effectively in the University environment by helping them define and accomplish their personal and academic goals. In addition, Counseling Services works with staff, faculty, and administrators to improve the quality of the living and learning environment at the University. The Valparaiso University Counseling Services consists of the Counseling Center, the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, and the Sexual Assault Awareness and Facilitative Education Office.

Counseling is a relationship between a counselor and a client seeking help. The relationship is one of trust and confidence in which clients learn to explore themselves and their abilities to cope with life more effectively. Counselors believe that individuals have worth, dignity, and the capability of solving their own problems when they understand themselves and their alternatives. Counseling can go beyond helping people solve problems. It may also be helpful in promoting personal growth and development.

The staff of Counseling Services welcomes all students and embraces a philosophy respectful of diversity. We are supportive of clients' diverse racial, ethnic, national and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, mental and physical abilities, language, class, gender, age, and religious/spiritual beliefs. We are committed to helping all students deal with discrimination and identity issues. 


Scheduling an Appointment
Emergency Information
Take a Self-Help Screening
  • Most students are seen within 7-10 bussiness days of making the initial call
  • All information is confidential

To schedule an intake appointment at the Counseling Center:

  • Call 219-464-5002 or
  • Come in to make an appointment

To schedule an assessment at OADE:

  • Call 219-464-6820

To schedule an appointment at SAAFE:

  • Call 219-464-6860

Stress and Relaxation Room

  • Call 219-464-5002
  • Come in to make an appointment

An emergency may generally be considered a situation in which you are concerned about the immediate safety and well being of yourself or of someone else.

An emergency might involve:

  • Thoughts and plans to hurt yourself or someone else
  • Engaging in a behavior that is life threatening
  • If you have been assaulted, physically or sexually

For a free and confidential mental health screening for Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, and Alcohol Abuse, go to

The keyword: is "VALPARAISO"

For other screenings click here.