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Introduction to the Counseling Center

Location: Whitten Student Center​

​Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (services are by appointment only)

Counseling Services’ mission is to foster the well-being of all Woodbury University students with the belief that emotional health and wellness are conducive to academic success. When students are socially, emotionally and mentally healthy, they are able to learn, access their own unique creativity, and recognize and develop to their full potential. 

There are times when the stresses of a personal, family or social situation impact your ability to function academically and/or personally. Seeking help from a professional counselor can be dicult, suggesting that you might feel weak or unable to fix your own problems. Counseling Services encourages students to feel empowered and comfortable in reaching out for help. We incorporate a philosophy of “wellness” in which people become more aware of who they are and make choices toward positive changes. No problem is too big or small to reach out for help with.


Description of services:

  •     ​Short-term individual, couple and/or family counseling
  •     Workshops and presentations on a variety of topics
  •     Support groups (organized around student interest)
  •     Consultation with Woodbury faculty, sta, students and parents for help in understanding a student who is experiencing distress
  •     Referrals to psychiatric services and specialized mental health or other community services


Reasons students seek counseling:

  •     Time management
  •     Relationship help
  •     Family concerns
  •     Depression–anxiety
  •     Eating disorders
  •     Body image concerns
  •     Sexuality
  •     Sexual orientation
  •     Self-esteem issues​
  •     Test anxiety
  •     Concerns about mental health of friends/family
  •     Drugs and alcohol
  •     Simply want to talk
  •     It’s objective and nonjudgmental
  •     It’s private and confidential
  •     It’s free!


Helpful resources, in addition to counseling services, that can assist students during a time of need:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (877) 727-4747 

Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233)

ASPIRE application found in Google Play Store or on iTunes

National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

Counseling Center Staff:


Stevon Lewis

Director of Counseling Services


Wynn Helms

Counselor (Burbank)



Ryan Burtanog

Counseling Intern (San Diego)