Counseling

Counseling
  • The Women's Center offers free and confidential individual counseling to all UNL students.
  • Services are available with no limit on the number of sessions per academic year. Walk-in services are also available.
  • We value diversity and are affirming of people of all genders and cultural backgrounds.
  • Students with a variety of concerns can be seen at the Women's Center. These concerns include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, stress, relationships, loneliness, and adjusting to college.
  • We provide therapy focused on empowerment, personal growth, and equality.
  • The Women's Center also offers support and discussion groups on a variety of topics.
  • Call (402) 472-9428  or email wccounseling@unl.edu for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Counseling Staff

Melissa LaRosa,B.S.,  Counseling Coordinator, is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. Melissa responds to requests for individual counseling, coordinates the support and discussion groups offered through the Women’s Center, and maintains current information about campus and community resources for referrals. She also facilitates workshops on campus and in the community.

Emily Wilson, M.A.,, Field Placement Counselor, is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at UNL. Emily meets with clients for individual counseling, facilitates workshops on campus and in the community, and engages in outreach programs on issues related to gender.

Jan Deeds, Ph.D., Field Placement Counselor, is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at UNL. Emily meets with clients for individual counseling, facilitates workshops on campus and in the community, and engages in outreach programs on issues related to gender.

Support and Discussion Groups

We’re always interested in getting new groups started! If you’re interested in a group that you do not see listed here please call Melissa at (402) 472-9428.

Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group begins February 12
A free support group for breast-feeding mothers returning to school or work will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at noon in the Women’s Center, 338 Nebraska Union. Led by Jenny Maestas, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at MilkWorks, and Kacey Nelkin Pedersen, Staff Council chair for the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women, this group is open to students, staff, and faculty at UNL. Participants may attend while pregnant or after the baby is born. Conversations will center around breastfeeding, motherhood, and returning to school or work. Nursing babies welcome! A scale will be provided for those wanting to do a pre- and post-feeding weight. For more information contact Kacey Nelkin Pedersen, knelkinpedersen2@unl.edu.

Student Parent Support Group
his is a free weekly emotional support group for undergraduate and graduate students with children at UNL. The group will begin meeting at the beginning of March and will meet for five sessions in the Women’s Center. We will focus on processing emotions related to school and parenting as well as learn some techniques for managing stress and negative emotions. We will also provide education regarding community resources that may be useful to students with children. Please contact MJ Schlosser at mj.schlosser23@gmail.com if you have any questions, would like additional information, or are interested in joining the group.

Latina Discussion Group
This is a weekly support and discussion group for Latina students at UNL. Come meet and connect with other Latina students on campus and discuss a variety of topics. Graduate and undergraduate students welcome. No registration required. Thursdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Contact Belinda Hinojos at (402) 472-5000(402) 472-5000 for location information.

Sister Circle: A Support Group for Women of Color
This is a weekly support and discussion group for women of color. It's based on an empowerment model for building an extended network of supportive friends and colleagues. No registration required. Every other Wednesday 5:30pm - 6:30 pm, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. Contact Charlie at (402) 472-5500 for more information.

Women in STEM
A biweekly discussion and support group which meets every other Friday, 11:00am to 12:00pm. Meet and connect with other women enrolled in stem fields to discuss a variety of topics and network in a casual environment. There will be occasional presentations from industry, faculty, members and others. Registration is not required, but is encouraged if you would like to present. Graduate and undergraduate students welcome. Register at (https://goo.gl/forms/K8dEsjcm8mFmfRjF3). For more information, contact Alexis Saltzman at womeninstemunl@gmail.com or follow the Facebook page