Counseling

Attending college can be stressful. We can help!

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. 

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Services

Personal Counseling

Supportive counseling to students who are struggling with personal issues. Learn to make better choices, improve interpersonal skills, gain confidence, and increase educational effectiveness through the development of an individualized plan. 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

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.

Academic Counseling

Get help navigating your educational experience, including:

  • Determining an appropriate credit load
  • Exploring transfer opportunities
  • Addressing test anxiety issues
  • Determining the most appropriate course mix to consider
  • Navigating the college system
  • Introducing new study habits
  • Uncovering barriers to academic success

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.

Career Counseling

Through the use of a variety of tools, counseling can help you better understand your values, interests, abilities, and personality style so you can pursue a career that fits you. Begin with a consultation with Career Services to see if you are on the right path at Western.

Relationship Violence Prevention/Student Advocacy

The links below can give you direction on what to do if you experience relationship violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

Our Counselors


Brent Brigson
Brent Brigson


Phone: 

608-785-9553


Locations Served: La Crosse and Mauston
Specialties: career, grief, anxiety, men’s issues, crisis


Richard Kotovich
Richard Kotovich
Licensed Professional Counselor in State of WI


Phone: 

608-785-9553


Locations Served: La Crosse and Tomah
Specialties: goal setting/motivation, personal counseling/wellness, life transitions/adjusting to college, help with career exploration


Max Vang
Max Vang


Phone: 

608-789-4724


Locations Served: La Crosse
Specialties: Learner Support and Transition Counselor, International Student Specialist


Maria Strong
Maria Strong


Phone: 

608-785-9553


Locations Served: La Crosse and Viroqua
Specialty Areas: career development facilitator, grief and bereavement, depression, domestic violence & sexual assault, lifespan developmental aging through eldercare issues


Lori Mohring
Lori Mohring
Licensed Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor in State of WI


Phone: 

608-785-9553


Locations Served: La Crosse, Black River Falls, Independence
Specialties: career, economic, and personal counseling for adults in transition; women’s issues, substance abuse, and wellness


Amy Delagrave
Amy Delagrave, M.S.


Phone: 

608-785-9535


Locations Served: La Crosse
Specialties:  transition and personal counseling to include career & academic planning (high school, GED/HSED, college); coordinating services with community partners

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
Welcome Center
400 7th Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601

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