Health and Wellness Center

The Wellness Center, which includes Counseling and Student Health Services, provides care and treatment to our students in keeping with the Franciscan values. All traditional and non-traditional students currently enrolled at Stritch are eligible to use Counseling and Student Health Services.

Student Health Services

The goal of Health Services is to keep you healthy so you can accomplish your educational objectives and enjoy campus life.

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Counseling Services

Stritch fosters the moral, spiritual, intellectual, cultural, emotional, social and physical development of each person.

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Health & Wellness Education

Campus wide health and wellness education is a beneficial component of a healthy lifestyle and accomplishing educational objectives.

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Health Resources

Students are invited to use the Wellness Center, both counseling and health Services, as an informational resource for completing classroom assignments regarding health related topics.

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Residence Life staff and Campus Security officers will assist in emergency situations for residents when the Student Health Center is closed.

For any life–threatening situation, call 911; then, if possible, contact Security at (414) 410-4220.

All clients will be served in a confidential and nonjudgmental environment with a caring and respectful attitude. All medical records and client visits are confidential. No one may be allowed access to patient records without written permission of the individual. Confidentiality is broken only in cases where a client is likely to harm himself/herself, someone else, or jeopardize the welfare of the University.

Counseling Services
Bonaventure Hall 2113
(414) 410-4194 

Health Services
Clare Hall 147
(414) 410-4097

Student Health Services

Health services are provided by an advanced nurse practitioner and registered nurse with the assistance of support staff.


Monday–Thursday: 9:00am – 3:00 pm

Monday appointments are given on a walk-in basis. Please call ahead for an appointment: (414) 410-4097
***Note: Health Services is closed in summer


Student Health Services is located in Clare Hall 147 in Clare Lobby.

All services are low cost or no cost to current students. Most of the services provided by the Student Health Services are included in your student fees assessed with tuition. All traditional and non-traditional students currently enrolled at Stritch are eligible to use Student Health Services.

Services Include

  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury (within scope of practice)
  • Blood Pressure screening
  • Basic Lab tests
  • Basic wound care
  • Immunizations
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medication
  • Flu Vaccine
  • Injury and Surgical follow-up care
  • Athletic Physicals
  • Suture removal
  • TB skin test and TB blood test
  • Referral to community specialists
  • Nebulizer treatments
  • Cooperation with students’ primary care provider

Health Forms

All full-time undergraduate students should complete the health form and submit it electronically to Health Services. Students will need to sign into MyStritch in order to access the health form.

Health Policies

All new students living in the Residence Halls are required to complete an Immunization and Health History Form prior to the beginning of their first semester, and must also complete the Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis B Vaccine Requirement form. All documentation of the required immunizations must be received prior to moving into the residence hall.

Immunization requirements for students in Residence Halls:

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccine within the past 10 years.

  • Completion of the Polio series.

  • Evidence of the Varicella Vaccine or the chickenpox virus. Immune titers are also acceptable.

  • Two doses of MMR (The first dose of MMR, measles, mumps, or rubella must have been given after the 1st birthday. The two doses MMR or two same components must be given at least 28 days apart.). Immune titers are also acceptable.

  • Complete the Tuberculosis screening questionnaire.

TB testing is required for students considered to be in high-risk groups. Please refer to the health history form for a listing of who are considered high risk.

All nursing students, and those participating in intercollegiate sports and International Programs must have a physical examination by a licensed provider.

Immunization and Health History forms are available online or may be obtained in Health Services.
The information provided is confidential and will be retained by Student Health Services as part of the student’s medical record.

Counseling Services

Cardinal Stritch University Counseling Services promotes the mental health and well-being of students by offering free and confidential counseling by experienced and licensed therapists.

Cardinal Stritch University Counseling Services promotes the mental health and well-being of students by offering free and confidential counseling by experienced and licensed therapists.

Counseling Services is a place you can find someone to talk with when you're feeling lonely, depressed, confused, upset over a relationship, or just plain stressed. Counseling Services is here to help students develop the personal awareness and skills necessary to explore new alternatives, define goals, overcome problems, make healthy life choices, and grow and develop in ways that will allow them to maximize their educational experience at Stritch.

We can help you with:

  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Depression
  • Career choice issues
  • Loss/grief
  • Adjustment to college
  • Family problems
  • Adult learning issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Community referrals
  • Sexuality
  • Having a safe living space
  • Eating disorders
  • Finding Support

Referrals to other mental health facilities are made at the request of the student and/or to meet specific needs beyond the scope of counseling services.


Monday–Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Additional hours available upon request.

***Note: Counseling Services is closed in summer



Counseling Services is located in Bonaventure Hall Room 2113.


All services are no cost to current students.

All medical records and client visits are confidential unless a client signs a release of information for the counselor to address their area of concern. Confidentiality may be broken only in cases where a client is likely to harm himself/herself or someone else, jeopardize the welfare of the University, abuse or neglect of a child or elder is reported, or in the rare event that a judge orders the records to be opened as part of a legal proceeding. If you have any questions or concerns about confidentiality, please discuss them with your counselor. A written Notice of Privacy Practices and Client Rights is available in our office.

The Counseling Services staff provides support for students for a wide array of reasons, from mental health concerns, and school, family and relationship issues, to those seeking personal growth or to learn new relaxation methods or other positive coping skills.

While counseling may be helpful in numerous situations, there are some conditions in which we would strongly encourage you to seek counseling services:

  • You feel unhappy on most days or experience a sense of hopelessness.

  • You worry excessively or are constantly on edge.

  • You are unable to concentrate on your schoolwork or other activities.

  • You are unable to sleep at night or constantly feel tired.

  • You have experienced a change in your appetite or your weight.

  • You have difficulty controlling your anger.

  • You have experienced a loss (e.g., a relationship breakup, a loved one’s death).

  • You have increased your use of alcohol or other drugs (including cigarettes).

  • You feel overwhelmed by what is going on in your life.

  • You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else.

In any life threatening situation or serious mental health crisis, call 911 (police) or proceed immediately to the emergency room of the nearest local hospital.

When you call or stop by Counseling Services, you will be offered the first available appointment that matches your schedule. You may request a specific counselor if you prefer.

The first session will be scheduled within a few days to a week or so. Please note: if you are in need of immediate help, inform our staff.

For contact information to setup an appointment, see our staff directory.

Many people are nervous or have questions about the first counseling appointment. Can I find the office? Will I like the counselor? Will the counselor like me? Will the counselor help me? What do I talk about first? How long do I have to wait until I can expect some improvement? Here is some general information that may help you to better understand the counseling experience:


At your scheduled time, your counselor will greet you in the waiting room in BH 2113 or you may go directly to their office if the door is open. A session is approximately 50 minutes long. Your counselor will want to learn about you and why you have decided to come for counseling. It will be helpful for you to provide a brief description of the issues that have brought you to counseling. Your counselor will ask follow-up questions to fill in some of your background information and gain a better understanding of your issues and experiences. Some paperwork will be filled out to document your concerns and inform you about confidentiality.

Counseling Sessions

The purpose of the first session is for you to share with the counselor information about your current concerns, relevant history, and goals. Your counselor should also review relevant Counseling Services policies and procedures, such as confidentiality. At the end of the appointment, you and your counselor will determine an appropriate course of action.

The length of time in counseling is part of the discussion you will have when discussing counseling goals. The number of counseling sessions depends on the problems being addressed, your motivation, the expertise of the therapist regarding your issues, the strength of rapport and collaboration between you and your therapist and the frequency of meetings.

Benefits of Counseling

At a minimum, counseling can help in several ways. First, counseling provides a safe place to talk over your difficulties with someone with some experience helping people. Second, counseling generally adds some clarity about decision-making options. It provides a healthy place to brainstorm ideas about what to try next and to learn new coping skills. Whatever the case, counseling can be tailored to your situation, and together with your counselor, you can sort out the goals that will make counseling meaningful for you.

Health and Wellness Education

Campus-wide health and wellness education is a beneficial component of a healthy lifestyle and accomplishing educational objectives.

Mission of Health & Wellness Education

  • Providing Health and Wellness Resources.

  • Implementing a Certified Peer Health Educator Program.

  • Developing and implementing Campus Wide Wellness Programming.


Certified Peer Health Educator Program

Certified Peer Health Educators are individuals who are trained and become certified to advocate for the health and wellness of their peers. Certified Peer Health Educators will implement campus wide health and wellness programming regarding relevant health and wellness topics.

Campus Wide Wellness Programming

Monthly campus wide wellness programming is implemented throughout the course of the academic year. Campus wide advertisement for wellness programming will provide locations and times for wellness events and information sessions.

Health Resources

Mental Health America offers free screenings for a range of common emotional conditions that often go undiagnosed and misunderstood. If you haven't been feeling like yourself lately, a simple online screening could help determine a place to start.

Once you take an online screening, you will receive immediate feedback about your score. If you score indicates you may have mental health concerns, or you have questions about the screening, please contact a member of our staff to set up an appointment to determine the next steps to a happier, healthier you.

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please dial 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. 

We are providing you with this referral list because we are not open evenings, weekends, or holidays, and at times you may need emergency or other care.

Emergency Care: Dial 911

In any life threatening situation, such as a suicide attempt, alcohol or drug overdose, or serious mental health crisis, call 911 (Police) or proceed immediately to the emergency room of the nearest local hospital.

Inpatient and Crisis Services

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital
(414) 454-6777 (Press “1” option two times)
1220 Dewey Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Columbia St. Mary’s – Ozaukee Campus
(262) 243-7388
1311 N. Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI 53097

Rogers Memorial Hospital – Milwaukee
(414) 327-3000 (Ask for the admissions department)
11101 W. Lincoln Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53227

Milwaukee County Mental Health Crisis Hotline
(414) 257-7222: 24 hour mental health assistance
(414) 257-7665: Access Clinic for uninsured outpatient
Monday–Friday 8:00am – 3pm
Milwaukee County Crisis Services provides help to individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis. We make it a goal to prevent hospitalization as much as possible, but part of our service includes emergency hospitalization if that is needed.

Community Resources

Dial 211: 2-1-1 Wisconsin (or 866-211-3380), or online 211-Impact is a simple way to connect with local resources from both government and nonprofit organizations.

Free Counseling

Mental Health America of WI
(414) 276-3122

Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex
9455 Watertown Plank Road
Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 hours)
(414) 257-7222

Access Crisis Walk-In Center
The Access Clinic serves uninsured Milwaukee County residents based on a sliding fee scale. No patients will be denied services due to inability to pay. Persons with insurance should consult with their insurance provider and/or primary care physician. Clinic services include: psychiatric assessment, medication evaluation, brief crisis  counseling and/or referrals to appropriate outpatient clinics and community programs.
9455 Watertown Plank Road
(414) 257-7665
Monday–Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
ACCESS CLINIC SOUTH - (Contracted through La Causa)
804 W Greenfield Avenue
Mondays & Wednesdays: 9:00am – 3:00pm;
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10:00am – 2:00pm
COPE Hotline:  (262) 377-2673                    
The COPE Hotline is answered by trained listeners. They provide supportive listening to callers, crisis intervention and suicide prevention. The Hotline is available 24/7 and all calls to COPE are anonymous and confidential!

Additional Counseling Resources

Cornerstone Counseling Group:
5555 N. Port Washington Rd., Suite 200
Glendale, WI 53217
Marie Heitkamp
James Lipusch
(262) 542-3255 then press *320 for Jim or *377 for Marie or select  (262) 789-1191 for general intake (all counselors at Cornerstone)
North Shore Center
10303 North Port Washington Road
Mequon, Wi 53092
(262) 241-5955
Downtown Milwaukee
Michelle Waide
4421 North Oakland Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
(414) 276-5432

Social Service Resources

IMPACT 2-1-1
Counseling, Family, Emergency Shelter, Immigration issues, Badger Care, Additional Resources
Dial 211 (or 866-211-3380)
IMPACT 2-1-1 is a central access point for people in need. During times of personal crisis or community disaster, the free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance. Gateway to both governmental and non-profit assistance.
In Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, Racine, Ozaukee, Washington, Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth counties simply dial 2-1-1
Catholic Services
Milwaukee Office
2021 North 60th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414) 771-2881
Lutheran Social Services
Milwaukee, WI
647 W. Virginia Street, Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Employment Info:

Job Service
North: (414) 438-2000
Downtown: (414) 227-4254
South: (414) 546-6800

Milwaukee County Resources

Medicaid and Badger Care

Department of Health Services

Legal Assistance

Legal Action of Wisconsin
(414) 278-7722

Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
(414) 765-0600

Housing Assistance

Community Advocates
(Landlord/tenant problems)
(414) 449-4777

WHEDA-Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
(414) 227-4039

Emergency Shelters

Call 211
Online: 211-Impact
Casa Maria
(414) 344-5745
1131 N. 21st
Shelter for Women and Children
Family Crisis Center
(414) 265-7555
1927 N. 4th St.
Shelter for families
Guest House
(414) 345-3240 • 1216 N. 13th St.
Shelter for Single Adult Men
Admission from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Hope House
(414) 645-2122 • 1501 S 2nd St.
Shelter for Singles and Families
Admission for Singles at 6:30pm

Aurora Sinai Medical Center/Sexual Assault Treatment Center (SATC)
950 N. 13th St. (Emergency Room – ask for SATC)
24 hour assistance – Crisis intervention, medical assessment and treatment;
(414) 219-5555
Free Sexual Assault Counseling, Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
The Healing Center
The Healing Center's services are confidential and provided at no cost to clients. All groups and support sessions are facilitated by people who are experienced with the issue of sexual abuse. If we are unable to meet your needs, we will connect you with therapists in the community who specialize in sexual abuse and assault.
130 W. Bruce St., 4th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Call: (414) 671-HEAL (4325)
Sojourner Family Peace Center 
Sojourner Family Peace Center has been designated the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline for the City of Milwaukee and outlying communities. Our primary goals are to ensure the safety of victims of family violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers through opportunities to make positive and lasting changes for themselves and their children. (shelter, support, restraining orders, case management, life skills)
(414) 933-2722
24 hour hotline
Milwaukee Women’s Center
611 N. Broadway, Suite 105
(414) 449-4777
Crisis Line (24 hours)
(414) 671-6140

Al-Anon Family Groups

Summit Place
(414) 257-2415
6737 W. Washington Suite 2125
Monday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
Wednesday & Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm        

Anonymous Lines (24-hour support)

(414) 771-9119

(414) 445-5433

(414) 390-5389.

IMPACT Alcohol and other drug abuse services
Monday–Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
North Avenue & Prospect Avenue
(414) 276-8487
Appointment Desk
(414) 443-6000

Ravenswood Clinic
(414) 224-0492
2266 N. Prospect Ave., Room 608
AODA Assessments and Primary Treatment

REDI Clinic 
2300 N. Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI
(414) 727-4455
Aloria Health
312 E. Wisconsin Ave. Suite 220
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(844) 801-9529
Emergency Rooms (24 hour care)
Columbia St. Mary's Hospital
2323 N. Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI

Columbia St. Mary's Hospital
13111 N Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI

Walk-In Clinics
Advanced Healthcare Clinic
3003 W. Good Hope Road
Milwaukee, WI
Open Monday-Friday 8:00am - 7:00pm; Saturday-Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm

River Woods Urgent Care
375 W. River Woods Parkway
Glendale, WI 
Open Sunday-Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm, closed on holidays

Glendale Clinic
6900 N Port Washington Road
Glendale, WI
(appointment needed)