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Counseling & Wellness
As an NWACC student or employee, you can seek free personal counseling services at the college for a myriad of reasons, such as assistance with general mental health counseling, career counseling, domestic abuse, sexual assault, substance abuse and recovery support, community resource assistance and more.
Counselors at NWACC's Dale Montgomery Counseling & Wellness Center are trained to be supportive, relate to others and be sensitive to your background and life experience. Counseling can offer a safe, non-judgmental place to process emotions, learn how to address issues, and how to manage and cope with varying life circumstances.
Please note: Our counselors do not prescribe medication, nor provide medication management.
To make an appointment or request more information about counseling services, please use the button below to email the center.
View the video below to hear counselors Meagan and Quinn explain NWACC’s Counseling and Wellness Center's services and how they can help you be mentally and emotionally well.
View the frequently asked questions and answers below to learn more about NWACC's counseling services for students and employees.
Personal counseling can be described as the following:
- A positive step to help resolve a problem.
- An educational opportunity to learn and understand yourself more fully as an individual.
- An opportunity to eliminate barriers that may be interfering with your success at NWACC.
College life can be very rewarding, but also stressful. There are often many life stressors that college students encounter (e.g., moving, change in financial situation, new found independence, balancing demands of parenting/school/work). If you are beginning to feel stressed or overwhelmed, make an appointment to talk with a counselor. Any information that you share with a counselor is confidential (this information cannot be shared with anyone without your written consent).
Counselors are trained to assist students in identifying, understanding, and developing skills to solve your personal problems. One of the major goals is to provide you with skills so that you are more capable of solving future problems on your own.
The Counseling and Wellness Center is prepared to assist students and employees who are in crisis (e.g., suicidal thoughts, anger management problems). However, the counselors are not available 24 hours per day. As such, if there is a crisis during off hours, we recommend that you call the local crisis line 988, 911, or go to a local emergency room.
Services are free to students enrolled in the current academic semester and current employees.
The Counseling and Wellness Center currently offers services by both telehealth and in-person appointments. While some prefer in-person sessions, others find telehealth sessions to be very convenient for their schedule.
NWACC's Counseling & Wellness Center also offers career counseling to help you choose your major or career path.
Use the FREE eParachute Career Assessment and make an appointment with a counselor to review and discuss your assessment.
Meagan Ruffing, MS, LAC/LAMFT
Student Center, room 215 G
Meagan is a dually licensed graduate from John Brown University with her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health and Marriage & Family Therapy. She has additional training in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for those who are coming to therapy to process trauma. As a current doctoral student at the University of the Cumberlands, Meagan is working on her PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her kids and writing for regional parenting publications.
John Sevier, MS, LAC
Student Center, room 215 B
John is a licensed associate counselor with a Master of Science from John Brown University. His goal in life is to "Have as much fun as possible and help as many people as possible.” In his free time, John enjoys hanging out with his boyfriend at home or traveling the country.
Melody Kramme, MS, LAMFT
Student Center, room 215 C
Melody is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist with a Master of Science degree from John Brown University. She engages in more primitive versions of the mind through play, music, art and sand tray. In her free time, Melody enjoys basking in the sunshine with her two pet turtles – Bitsy and Franklin.
If you have an immediate health-related emergency, please call 911, Public Safety at 479- 619-4229, or Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.