Counseling Center

While your college experience can be an exciting time of change and new opportunities, the demands aren't always easy. Central Methodist University's Counseling Center is a safe and confidential place where you can go for support. A licensed, professional counselor will help you work through emotional and interpersonal issues, at no cost to you.

Getting Started

Please call 660-248-6274 or stop by our office to schedule your initial appointment. At your first appointment, you will be asked to fill out paperwork, then you and your counselor will discuss your concerns and go over relevant background information. Your therapist will explain the next steps in the counseling process and answer any questions you may have.


Individual Therapy
You'll work one-on-one with a counselor to explore personal issues. Sessions are usually 50 minutes and can be scheduled weekly, or as needed.

Couples Therapy
You and your partner can work together with a counselor to address your concerns about therelationship. The counselor will help facilitate communication and enable each of you to gain insight into relationship issues.

Group Therapy
Some issues can be effectively addressed in a group setting. You will interact with other individuals who are working on similar problems. Meetings are typically once per week.

The Counseling Center staff is available to present information on a variety of mental health topics. We will conduct programs and workshops to university classes, organizations, or groups.

Our counselors are available to consult with CMU students on any concerns.


Leanna Thomson,
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

David Fortel,
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Burrell Behavioral Health Access Crisis Intervention Line

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Treatment Referral and Information Service Helpline

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Sexual Assault Hotline

National Eating Disorders Association Helpline
800-931- 2237

Ask. Listen. Refer. Suicide Prevention Program

For a list of local resources, please stop by the Counseling Center.