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Counseling

Attending college can be stressful. We can help! To make an appointment, please call 608-785-9198 or 608-785-9553.

Western provides comprehensive counseling services to students at no cost. As trained professionals, our counselors can effectively navigate complex personal, academic, and career barriers that can affect your classroom and future workplace success. 

Western faculty and staff are committed to changing the way we talk about mental illness. Please click on the link below to learn more about this national movement.

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Services

Personal Counseling

Western counselors provide supportive counseling services to students who are struggling with personal issues. Students will learn to make better choices, improve interpersonal skills, gain confidence, and increase educational effectiveness. Typical concerns include:

  • Transition and change
  • Uncertainty about goals and direction
  • Personal relationship conflicts, domestic violence concerns
  • Family concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Lack of motivation and/or concentration difficulties
  • Test anxiety

Crisis Counseling

Western Counselors are trained to provide support and guidance in crisis situations. They are also connected to a variety of local resources, if needed. A crisis may be caused by a death in the family, suicidal thoughts, loss of a job, medical issues or relationship changes. We are here to listen and to provide support.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Addictions (ATODA)

If you are concerned about your own or a friend’s or family member’s alcohol, tobacco, or drug use, you can receive consultation, assessments, short term counseling, or referral services to community resources.

Relationship Violence Prevention/Student Advocacy

Western provides resources that can give you direction on what to do if you experience relationship violence, stalking, or sexual assault. Our Violence Prevention Specialist can be reached at 608-785-9841. For more information, visit Violence Prevention.

Our Counselors

View our hours of operation and locations.


Brent Brigson
Brent Brigson


Phone: 

608-785-9553


Locations Served: La Crosse and Regional Campuses through Skype
Specialties: career, grief, anxiety, men’s issues, crisis


Max Vang
Max Vang


Phone: 

608-785-9535


Locations Served: La Crosse
Specialties: Learner Support and Transition Counselor, International Student Specialist, Adult GED/HSED


Maria Strong
Maria Strong


Phone: 

608-785-9553


Locations Served: La Crosse and Regional Campuses through Skype
Specialties: career development facilitator, grief and bereavement, depression, domestic violence & sexual assault, lifespan developmental aging through eldercare issues


Amy Delagrave
Amy Delagrave, M.S.


Phone: 

608-785-9553


Locations Served: La Crosse
Specialties:  transition and personal counseling to include career & academic planning; school and life stressors; coordinating services with community partners


Lauren Jankowski
Lauren Jankowski, APSW


Phone: 

608-785-9917


Locations Served: La Crosse
Specialties: coordinating services with community partners, community resources navigation

Resources

After Hours Help

If you need help after regular office hours, contact:

  • Life Threatening Emergency: 911
  • Western Campus Security (on campus emergency): 608-785-9191
  • Great Rivers 24-hour helpline: 211 (land line) or 800-362-8255
  • Gundersen Health System: 608-782-7300 or 800-362-5454
  • Mayo Health System-Franciscan Healthcare: 608-785-0940 or 800-362-5454

Online Screening Assessment

Psych Central offers a variety of on-line mental health assessments and provides instant feedback.

Contact Us

For concerning mental health needs after business hours, please call 211 (Great Rivers 211). If this is an emergency, please call 911. To contact us:

Counseling Services
Student Success Center, Room 221
400 7th Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601

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