Counseling Services promotes the mental health and well-being of students. We are committed to addressing students’ mental health concerns through direct service to individuals and groups, program planning, and policy development.

We provide short-term individual counseling for students. Students who need long-range treatment and/or more intensive services, including after-hours crisis intervention, are referred to community providers. We also provide referrals to community resources and access to a free self-help resource cabinet featuring pamphlets, articles and other resource materials.


  • Meg Pledl, MS, LCSW (AF 208)
  • Laci Oyler, MA, LPC (AF 208)


Counseling is free and confidential for all Alverno students.

How To Make an Appointment

Appointments are recommended. Students experiencing a crisis can usually be seen the same day that they request an appointment, and most students are usually seen within 48 hours of their initial request for services.

You can schedule your initial appointment by contacting Meg Pledl, director of Counseling and Health Services, at 414-382-6119 or Students can see the counselor 10 times.

What To Do When the Counselor is Not Available

If you come to the office and there is not a counselor available, complete an appointment request slip and a counselor will contact you as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Routine? Urgent? Emergency?

If it’s important to you, it’s important to us. We try to accommodate students in crisis; however, scheduled appointments do take precedence over walk-in appointments. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency and can’t wait to be seen, your options are:

  • Call 911 for immediate assistance
  • Go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room
  • Call Milwaukee County Mental Health Psychiatric Crisis Line at 414-257-7222
  • Call Security (if you need immediate assistance while on campus) at 414-382-6911

If you have experienced sexual assault, harassment, violence or discrimination, click here for specific resources and information.



Typical Counseling Issues

  • Stress and depression, including post-traumatic stress
  • Abusive relationships and situations
  • College adjustment issues
  • Sexual orientation issues
  • Addiction and substance abuse issues
  • Family problems and parenting issues
  • Eating and body image issues
  • Sexual abuse issues
  • Interpersonal and relationship issues
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Grief and loss
  • Perfectionism and procrastination
  • Another person’s problem that affects you


Why Seek Personal Counseling?

  • To express feelings and needs
  • To talk about personal issues in a safe, confidential setting
  • To increase self-awareness and self-confidence to problem solve
  • To develop positive coping skills
  • To work on personal recovery issues
  • To get support

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