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Counseling Center

Providing a Safe Space for You

Part of Campus Community Health at UCM, the Counseling Center at the University of Central Missouri provides a variety of services and offers a safe place for you to address any concerns you have about your life or the way you are functioning. Our professional clinicians are here to listen and offer guidance on a variety of personal and social issues.

Ask for Help: We're Here for You

If you're feeling stuck, distressed or like you're not functioning as well as you would like to, we invite you to seek the perspective of a Counseling Center professional. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, please call us at 660-543-4060.

Frequently Asked Questions  Forms

Our Office

The Counseling Center offers services both in-person (public health conditions permitting) and via telemental health.  Note that masks are required to be worn in the center by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. 

UCM COVID-19 Statements 

To make an appointment, please call us at 660-543-4060.  For other assistance you can email us at or call.


If you or another student are experiencing an urgent or crisis situation, call the Counseling Center at 660-543-4060 during office hours for same-day appointments.

For after hours crisis support or to talk to a trained professional when the Counseling Center is closed, call the UCM 24/7 Crisis Support Line at 660-543-8008.

If it is an emergency situation, such as a suicide attempt:

  • Call 911
  • Call UCM Public Safety at 660-543-4123
  • Go directly to the Emergency Department at Western Missouri Medical Center at 403 Burkarth Road, Warrensburg

If in crisis, contact:

  • UCM Crisis Support Line (24/7): 660-543-8008
  • Compass Crisis Line:  888-237-4567
  • Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255) or Chat:
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • UCM 24-hour Title IX Support Line:  (660) 441-4855
  • TransLifeline: 877-565-8860 (9am - 3am CST)
  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 (24 hotline for LGBTQ youth)
  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
  • The LGBT National Youth Talkline (serving through age 25): 1-800-246-7743
  • Disaster Distress Hotline (24/7, Multilingual Crisis hotline): 1-800-985-5990

24-Hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The national suicide prevention lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is available 24 hours daily to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call may be routed to the crisis center nearest you. 

Suicide Prevention Resources


Getting Started

  1. First Contact: During regular business hours, call 660-543-4060 to schedule your first appointment. You will be scheduled for a 60 minute Initial Consultation appointment with one of our clinicians. All paperwork will be sent to you via email to be completed by midnight the night before your appointment. 
  2. Initial Consultation: The day of your consultation, paperwork will be reviewed with you to help understand your reason for visiting the Counseling Center. This discussion will help us assess the nature and urgency of your concerns, with the goal of providing you with individualized recommendations.
  3. Make a Plan:  Recommendations may include Mental Fitness workshops, group therapy, brief services at the Counseling Center, counseling with an off campus provider, a medication evaluation, and/or other campus, community, or self-help resources.



Clinical services are available both in-person (public health conditions permitting) and via telemental health.  Please note that masks are required to be worn in the center by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.  

Brief Counseling Services: We offer multiple modalities of our brief counseling services, including individual and couples, counseling and group therapy.

Crisis/Emergency:  For persons who are experiencing urgency or life-threatening concerns, a crisis/emergency appointment will be provided the same day (during office hours).

Group Therapy & Workshops: Various workshops and therapeutic groups are offered each semester to offer supportive and affirming spaces for students to discuss challenges and build connections

Referrals: In cases when there is a desire or need for longer-term care, specialized care, or a higher level of care, the Counseling Center clinicians will help students consider resource options in the community that are accessible and affordable.

Consultation and Outreach: Students, parents, staff, and faculty may speak with a clinician if they want to know what to do to help a distressed student.

Mental Fitness and Mental Fitness Online:  A workshop series designed to strengthen your skills for managing life's challenges; video versions of select Mental Fitness workshops are available through the "Organizations" menu on Blackboard.

Safe Zone Workshops: These workshops offer information on LGBTQ+ identities, terminology, ally development, and ways to support LGBTQ+ students on our campus.

RESPOND Training: This training helps faculty and staff increase comfort with discussing mental health concerns and respond effectively to students in distress. 

BodyU: A free interactive self-help program fostering health and wellness. 

UCM Crisis Support Line (24/7): 24/7 crisis support line for students to get support during a crisis/emergency situation and/or to be able to talk to a trained professional when the UCM Counseling Center is closed. 660-543-8008

Read About Our Services

Meet Our Staff

Liz Cassidy, Ph.D. Psychologist, Assistant Director

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Liz received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University and joined the UCM Counseling Center staff in 2007.  She has been a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri since 2008.   Liz is a generalist practitioner, able to help with many concerns.  In addition, Liz has specific interests in working with students who are coping with disordered eating, body image dissatisfaction, and a range of anxiety-related concerns.  Liz utilizes a collaborative and strengths-based style in working with students.  She uses a variety of evidence based approaches to counseling, in particular CBT and ACT.

In her free time, Liz enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with family.

Adrianne Fuller-St. John, Psy.D. Psychologist

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Adrianne (she/her) received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2013 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and joined the UCM Counseling Center staff the same year. She has been a licensed psychologist in Missouri since 2014. She focused on general college student mental health and neuropsychological assessment in graduate school. In addition to being a generalist, she particularly enjoys working with college students on improving their relationships with friends, family, and significant others. She also enjoys working with non-traditionally aged college students and working with couples. Adrianne utilizes a variety of approaches in her work with students, including interpersonal process, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and emotion-focused therapy.

Outside of work, Adrianne enjoys exercise, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family, friends, and her dogs. 

Heather Lawson, MA, NCC, PLPC Clinician

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Heather received a Master’s in Clinical Counseling in 2019 from Central Methodist University and is a nationally certified counselor. Heather is provisionally licensed in the state of Missouri and joined the Counseling Center at UCM in 2020. As a general practitioner, Heather is able to assist with a variety of concerns that students may be experiencing. Serving in the mental health field for over 25 years, Heather has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of individuals.

Heather enjoys working with people as they explore the depths of identity, intersections, strengths, fears, hopes and struggles. During free time, Heather can be found contemplating the cosmos, road tripping for a food or nature adventure, sitting around a fire, enjoying music, or spending time with family and friends.  

Alina Zamfir, LCSW, Clinician

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Alina received her MSW (Master of Social Work) in 2017 from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and became an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in 2019. Prior to joining the Counseling Center at UCM in 2022, Alina accrued over 10 years of experience in the mental health field and has worked in a variety of settings, including all levels of addiction treatment, inpatient psych and private practice. Alina has experience with individuals throughout the lifespan and is working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist. While Alina is a general practitioner, she enjoys working with college students in areas of interpersonal relationships, coping with stress and transition, self-compassion and managing anxiety. Alina uses an eclectic and strengths-based approach.

In her free time, Alina enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and traveling. 


Briget Rucker, Office Professional

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Briget joined the Center in August 2021.  Her outside interests include crocheting, shopping and spending time with family.

Jeanne MST Woon, Ph.D. Psychologist, Director

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Jeanne (she/her) joined Central Missouri in 2001.  She has a B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.  In her graduate studies, Jeanne focused on multicultural issues, college student development, career development, and group dynamics.  She worked and trained at counseling centers, community clinics, inpatient units, and public hospitals, as well as volunteered on suicide crisis hotlines and in rape crisis advocacy.

Jeanne has worked with students who experience anxiety, depression, assault and abuse, trauma, racial and cultural concerns, developmental and life transition issues, and understanding their roles in groups and systems.  In 2017, Jeanne took up an administrative role but continues to enjoy working directly with students as her schedule permits.



IACS Accreditation

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We are proud to be accredited through International Accreditation of Counseling Services.
The UCM Counseling Center is the only IACS accredited public university in the state of Missouri.


The Counseling Center Mission

The Counseling Center promotes students' psychological wellbeing and development of awareness, knowledge, and skills that impact their success as learners and leaders in their personal lives and in the community.



Counseling Center
Humphreys 131
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660) 543-4060
Fax: (660) 543-8277

UCM's 24/7 Crisis Support Line



Fall & Spring Hours

Monday - Friday 8 am - 12 pm and 1-5 pm
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Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed



Summer Hours

Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 am - 12 pm and 1-4:30 pm
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Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed



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