Counseling Services joins the rest of the Washburn University community in expressing our grief, sorrow and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the race based tragedies that have been occuring across our nation.  These tragedies reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing.  While these tragedies can be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that they may be especially injurious to members of our Black and African-American community.  In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feeling and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt. As a mental health service, Counseling Services is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma.  We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing.

With love and solidarity,

Your Counseling Services Staff

Kuehne Hall, suite 200
                        Summer Hours: 8am-4pm M/T/W and 10am-4pm T/F Closed Daily 12-1pm for lunch and 4-5pm for cleaning
If you would prefer to reach us by phone please call 785-670-3100 option 1 *leave a voicemail stating your name and contact information* or email
Counseling by phone available 24 hours a day: 785-670-3100 select option 2
(Counseling by phone provides translation services in over 200 languages)


Student Mental Health & Well-Being

Washburn University is dedicated to providing support for the mental health and well-being of out campus community.  Well-being is closely linked to success, both academically and professionally.

This page provides a bried overview of the health and well-being initiatives underway at Washburn University.  many of these services are new or adapted to ensure you maintain access to care as the world responds to COVID.


Sanvello is designed to "help people build the life skills they need, anytime, anywhere, in any way they chose."  Sanvello is based on cognitive behavioral therapy and provides daily tools aimed at promoting healthy, sustainable behaviors. Get started with Sanvello today.  When creating your account, use your university email address to gain access to the full suite of features below.

Daily Mood Tracking: Answer simple questions each day to capture your current mood, identify patterns, and self-assess progress.

Coping Tools: Reach for just the right tool to relax, be in the moment, or manage stressful situations such as test-taking, public speaking, or morning dread.

Guided Journeys: Designed by experts for a range of needs, Sanvello Guided Journeys use proven therapies to help you feel more in control and build long-term life skills.

Progress Assessments: Through weekly check-ins, Sanvello creates a roadmap for improvement.  Track where you are, set goals, and make strides week by week.

Community Support: Sanvello has one of the largest peer communities in the field.  Connect with others anonymously to share advice, stories, and insights anytime.

Active Minds

Check out extra support services offered through Active Minds!

Active Minds: Mental Health Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Trainings, Workshops & Presentations

Ask, Listen, Refer

Ask Listen Refer is an online suicide prevention training program created for campuses.  It is funded in whol by a grant from the Missouri Department of Mental Health.  This training takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

24-Hour Hotlines


How to Access


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Call: 1-800-273-8255

Text: 741741


Provides 24/7, free, and confidential support for individuals in distress.  When you call, you are connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area and they are also able to provide emergency response when appropriate.

The Trevor Lifeline



Call: 1-866-488-7386

Text  the word "START" to 678678


Provides 24/7 support from trained counselors to LGBTQ+ youth (ages 13-24) in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgement-free place to talk.  The TrevorChat and TrevorText are also confidential and secure resources.

Veterans Crisis Line


Call: 1-800-273-8255 & press 1

Text: 838255


Provides 24/7, free, and confidential support for veterans their families and their friends.


University Counseling Center

Center Name

Center Location and Resources

Washburn University Counseling Services














Personal mental health counseling by appointment.

Phone and Teletherapy (aka video-streaming) now available! Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Reach a counselor for immediate services by phone 24/7/365

  • Available to ALL students - regardless of age or state they are located in.
  • Translation Services available in 200+ languages.

Contact Us


  • Option 1 - Reception
  • Option 2 - Immediate access to counseling by phone
  • Option 3 - Washburn University Police

1835 SW Jewell Ave., Suite 200, Topeka, KS 66621

  • Adjusting to College
  • Advocating for Victims of Crime
  • Building Healthy Relationships
  • Coping with Depression
  • Improving Communication Skills
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety
  • Providing Case Management
  • Supporting the Changing Needs of Washburn's Diverse Populations
  • Emotional Support
  • Providing Information on Victim Rights
  • Providing Referrals to Campus and Community Resources
  • Providing Information about Reporting Options
  • Navigating the Criminal Justice System
  • Going with Clients to Legal Proceedings
  • Going with Clients who want to get Medical Assistance
  • Safety Planning

All discussions are confidential, and referrals for more comprehensive assistance may be suggested when appropriate.

Washburn University Notice of Non-Discrimination

Washburn University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or marital or parental status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:   Dr. Pamela Foster, Equal Opportunity Director, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, Kansas  66621, 785.670.1509,

Counseling Services Mission Statement

Counseling Services is committed to the provision of educational, clinical, and consultative services to the Washburn community.  We provide opportunities for students to explore and improve their mental health and wellbeing, supporting and enhancing their academic performance and experiences.  We develop and engage in relationships on campus and in the community to ensure a broad network of support and resources is available to all student clients.
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