Counseling Center and Health Services

Licensed counselors are available at no charge to Park University students. Counseling is offered to assist students in getting through the challenges that life presents in order to learn and grow.

To make an initial appointment, email counselingappointments@park.edu

Include:

  • name
  • student number
  • phone number
  • brief description of the reason for making the appointment

In person, stop by the Counseling Center, located in Dearing Hall (next to Chesnut Residence Hall).

Office Hours

Fall/Spring
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
Monday through Friday

Expect at the initial interview:

  • an opportunity to discuss concerns
  • an opportunity to discuss background information
  • recommendations regarding further services
  • a mutually agreed upon decision as to how the Counseling Center can best help you
  • referrals made to additional services (if needed)

Counseling Staff

Director of Counseling Center
Dustin A. Wall, MA, LPC, DCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
M.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2010
B.A. University of Missouri-Columbia, 2004
(816) 584-6798
dustin.wall@park.edu

Coordinator of Counseling Center
Linda Waxse, MS, LCPC, DCC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
M.S. Avila College, 1982
B.S. New York University, 1969
(816) 584-6237
linda.waxse@park.edu 

2017-2018 Park University Counseling Center Intern
Andrea Kindred, BA
B.A. University of Missouri-Columbia, 2014
(816) 584-6258
akindred@park.edu

2017-2018 Park University Counseling Center Intern
Veronica Lee, BA
B.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2005
(816) 584-6258
vlee@park.edu

Counseling Center Graduate Assistant
Michaela Petsch, BA
B.A. College of the Ozarks, 2017
(816) 584-6481
mpetsch@park.edu

If you need assistance when the Counseling Center is not open, you can contact any of these organizations.

 

Why Counseling

Park University recognizes that the college years contain exceptional opportunities for growth and development as well as intellectual discovery. At the same time the academic, social and psychological challenges encountered can be stressful and demanding. Students face decisions to be made, relationships to be developed, academic work to be mastered, and personal growth and change to be accomplished. Counseling is a service provided by Park University which can be a valuable resource in managing these stresses.

Even though our friends may be helpful when discussing problems in living, they may not have the knowledge or objectivity needed for effective problem-solving. Seeking information from one who is professionally trained is often a good solution in addition to the support received from friends.

  • Gathering information to make decisions about life goals
  • Establish the stability necessary to complete your education
  • Resolve problems in a personal relationship
  • Manage feelings of loneliness
  • Address feelings of depression or loss
  • Seek understanding about your relationship with family
  • Learn to manage stress
  • Explore gender and cultural influences which affect you and may create stress
  • Develop more effective communication skills to create greater comfort in your interpersonal relationships
  • Receive assistance in locating the resources to manage problems such as alcohol and other drug dependency in a friend or yourself, codependency, eating disorders, etc.
  • Facing major life transitions such as: leaving home, marriage, birth, death, divorce, etc.

Counseling is a form of interaction that helps you define problems, sort out feelings and determine your own direction. It is a different process for each individual, depending on the particular concerns being addressed. You will probably meet with a counselor several times to discuss your concerns in detail.

Often the counselor will ask for more information about the concern and your background. The counselor will want to understand how this problem began and how it is affecting you. Sometimes, you may find that “just talking about it” is helpful. Or sometimes, you and the counselor may jointly decide upon a plan for dealing in greater detail with your concerns.

The counseling process doesn’t necessarily have to deal with “heavy” problems. It usually assists normal people who are facing difficult situations, decisions, or issues. While only you can solve your problems, a counselor can assist you with information and support.

All counseling information, including the fact that you have been seen, is strictly confidential.

Information on students receiving counseling is not made available to anyone (including faculty, administrators or parents) without the student’s written consent. Per FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), counseling records are not part of a student’s educational record.

Counseling for individuals and couples (if both people are students)

  • Consultation is offered to all Park University students, faculty, and staff (For example, you might want to drop by to discuss concerns about a co-worker, friend, etc.)
  • Light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • For students not on the Parkville campus, please contact our center for mental health referrals in your area.

There is no charge for counseling services for Park University students.

For additional information, contact any of the counselors at the Counseling Center.

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.