What We Do

The mission of Student Health and Counseling is to educate, support, and empower optimum physical and mental health wellness among the diverse student community in support of academic excellence. In order to accomplish this mission, we provide a full range of professional mental health services including personal counseling, group counseling, substance use counseling, crisis intervention,outreach programming, and consultation. We also train graduate level interns in the mental health field from the UNK Counseling and School Psychology program and/or the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work. The goal of training is to teach our interns the art and science of counseling. UNK Counseling is within the Student Affairs Division of UNK and our team is committed to helping any UNK student achieve optimal mental well-being. 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, has released a new video series aimed at helping college bound students and their families talk about mental health. The videos are part of the “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health” guide NAMI and the Jed Foundation released last year. Approximately 75% of mental health conditions begin by age 24, making college a critical time to focus on mental health, especially as students transition away from their support systems.

What is Counseling?

According to the American Counseling Association (ACA)"Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health."  For more information about mental health counseling, please watch this short video.

All of the counselors at UNK Counseling are licensed by the state of Nebraska. Counseling is a safe place for students to talk about whatever is concerning to them and the counselor can offer feedback as to how the student might best cope with their concerns.

Counseling Rates

Students currently enrolled and registered for seven or more on campus credit hours per semester automatically pay the Student Health & Counseling fee, making them eligible for Student Health & Counseling visits. Students currently enrolled in less than seven credit hours are eligible for care by paying the semester Student Health and Counseling fee. In addition to personal counseling, our office offers substance use counseling. There may be additional fees for those services.

The $98.00 Student Health & Counseling fee allows students access to an unlimited number of health care visits and three (3) counseling sessions per semester, in addition to the initial intake session. Students who would like or are in need of additional sessions beyond the three covered under the student fee, can choose to pay a reduced rate per session. The counseling session fee is covered at 100% if you are currently enrolled in the student insurance coverage plan.


The Rates are as follows:

UNK Rates

Per Session Cost

Total Semester Cost*

Sessions 1-3

Student Fee

Session 4-16

$10

$130 + student fee



Community Rates

Per Session Cost Total Semester Cost*

Private Practices in Kearney

$95-$115

$1,520- $1,840

South Central Behavioral Services

Income Based

Income Based


*above chart totals reflect a student accessing one session each week that classes are in session (16 weeks)

College Mental Health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, has released a new video series aimed at helping college bound students and their families talk about mental health. The videos are part of the “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health” guide NAMI and the Jed Foundation released last year. Approximately 75% of mental health conditions begin by age 24, making college a critical time to focus on mental health, especially as students transition away from their support systems. 

How are YOU Feeling?


EmotionsAnxious, worried? Are your sleeping, eating and habits healthy or do you need to evaluate whether your feelings and behaviors are troubling? Feel free to take a FREE Mental Health Screening – this link connects you with a short, anonymous screening to determine whether or not a professional consultation with our staff would be helpful to you.
View the Mental Health Guide for College Students to help identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students.