Mental Health and Wellness Clinic (MHaWC)
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The Mental Health and Wellness Clinic (MHaWC) is a graduate student training clinic in the College of Education at Wayne State University. The overarching mission to empower diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Specifically, we aim to provide services designed to improve the mental health and well-being of the students, families, and the community throughout the state of Michigan. We accomplish this through several types of services, broadly counseling/psychotherapy-based and art-based. We also provide assessment services.
Several training programs in various, overlapping areas of mental health theory and practice comprise MHaWC and its service provision, including Art Therapy, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, School & Community Psychology, and School Counseling. Graduate level students across these programs and two training facilities (the Mental Health Counseling Clinic and the Counseling & School Psychology Clinic) are assigned cases depending on focus of the program's training and the client's referral question. Together, our clinicians-in-training provide the following services under the full supervision of licensed faculty:
- Individual Child, Adolescent, and Adult Mental Health Counseling/Psychotherapy
- Couples Counseling/Psychotherapy
- Family Counseling/Psychotherapy
- Group Counseling/Psychotherapy
- Career and Vocational Assessments and Counseling
- Psychological and Psychoeducational Assessment (currently not available due to COVID-19)
- Consultation, Psychoeducation, and Outreach
- Art Therapy
Scheduling a Session
The time frames that you choose as best meeting your schedule and the types of services that you are requesting will determine what training program the graduate student therapist-in-training will be in. If you have any requests, there is space to indicate that on the request for services form at the link below. There are separate forms to request talking-based therapy services and art-based therapy services. Both are available to you.
- Counseling and Art Therapy: 313-577-1681
- Counseling and School Psychology: 313-577-8744
A note about our services during the COVID-19 "stay at home" order: Until further notice, all sessions will be offered either via telephone (voice only), cell phone Facetime (iPhones only), or Zoom (video conferencing). In the form(s) below, please indicate what technology you have access to.
There are no fees for our counseling/psychotherapy services at this time.
If this is an emergency, please Dial 911 | Immediate 24/7 crisis hotline: Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 (TALK); https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ | Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
Our faculty and graduate trainees are well-trained in the most contemporary methods of the counseling and psychotherapy helping professions. They draw on diverse principles, methods, and procedures for the purpose of helping clients to improve self-awareness, and learn tools and become empowered to achieve their best personal, social, emotional, and career development. The ultimate goal of counseling/therapy is to promote and enhance healthy, self-actualizing, and satisfying lifestyles.
Consider requesting these services if you:
- Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, guilt, shame, loneliness, or other emotions
- Are you having difficulty in your relationships at home or work, with friends, or with others
- Are you feeling confused or unsatisfied with your life in any way
- Have trouble letting go of past events or interactions, and find yourself repeatedly upset by them
- Struggle to have confidence and advocate or assert yourself at home, work, or elsewhere
- Have any other personal issues that dominate your thoughts, interfere with your daily life, or just simply bother you to be having them
- Want to learn more about yourself and how to be the best "you" that you can be
Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Art therapy uses the creative process involved in artistic self-expression to help people relieve stress, increase self-awareness and/or explore creative potential.
Consider requesting art therapy services if you:
- Enjoy making art
- Sometimes have difficulty putting your feelings into words
- Seek relief from stress
- Want to find a virtual community of others also interested in making art together
- Would like to enhance your creativity
- Wish to discover something new about yourself
- Are interested in visual journaling
Respect for Human Diversity and Ethics
In all forms of intervention that we offer through MHaWC, we agree to respect the rights of those persons seeking our assistance and make reasonable efforts to ensure that our services are used appropriately. We do not discriminate against or refuse professional service to anyone on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. Our goal is to empower each unique individual to reach his/her fullest potential.
The MHaWC subscribes to all the ethical standards, principles and codes of the:
- American Art Therapy Association
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- American Counseling Association
- American Psychological Association
- Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification
For inquiries about community and research partnerships and making donations to support our mission, please contact Sara Nelson, program assistant. Phone: 313-577-4051 Email: email@example.com.