UMKC Counseling Services: COVID-19 News and Updates

Latest Updates from UMKC Counseling Services

Updated 10/20/20 – Mid-terms and finals can be stressful!  Abby, one of our doctoral trainees, talks about managing your stress and demonstrates 2 techniques to help you cope.


Updated 10/20/20 – Check out the Sanvello app!

  • FREE app available to all UMKC students, faculty, & staff.
  • Provides digital support for your mental health.
  • Includes meditations, reflections, & exercises designed to increase coping and help you manage your mood.
  • Available in iOS and Android


Updated 8/6/20 – Welcome all UMKC Students to Fall 2020!

We at UMKC Counseling Services are here for students during this time of uncertainty and to support you throughout the fall semester and beyond! The UMKC Counseling Services is open from 8 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday, with some, limited evening hours. There will be rotating staff Monday-Friday, 8-5 with different staff working in the office and others working remotely using HIPAA Compliant Zoom. The majority of appointments will be conducted remotely using Zoom, but for those students meeting in person, appointments will be staggered so that no more than 2-3 students are in the waiting area at one time. Other safety measures such as private, individual offices for in-person appointments, a barrier at the front desk for interactions, and changes with seating to facilitate physical distancing are in place. Everyone is required to wear a mask at Counseling Services unless otherwise approved.

Students can make an Initial Consultation (first-time) appointment by contacting our front desk at 816.235.1635. If in crisis, students can attend an in-person Crisis Walk In Consultation appointment at 10 AM or at 2 PM, Monday – Friday. Our office will also be providing ongoing individual therapy, Mind Over Mood Workshops, a variety of Group Therapy, Psychological Assessment, BASICS Alcohol/Substance Use Evaluations, and Outreach Programming, primarily using Zoom, but at times in-person, as well.

Please contact UMKC Counseling Services Director, Dr. Arnold Abels, with ideas or suggestions as to how we can best meet your needs, at this unique time.

Updated 8/5/20 – Please join us for a COVID-19 related Self-care Opportunity via Zoom on 8/19/20 at 11am! Check the link for more details.

Updated 6/25/20 – The UMKC Library has compiled a list of music and media resources to help support your mental health and well-being.

Updated 6/16/20 – BODY WELLNESS WORKSHOP: A supportive environment for UMKC students to explore your relationship with food and your body

3 part series beginning TUESDAY, 6/23 at 10am Workshop will meet via Zoom for 50 minutes     Come to 1 or to all 3…whatever you can make!

Email Sherri at for details or to sign up!

Updated 6/10/20 – While UMKC Counseling Services continues to see clients via Zoom, Take a deep breath.

STRESS SNEAKS UP AND ROBS YOUR ENERGY, YOUR FOCUS. A few minutes tuning into your mood and body can make a big difference! Join timeout@twelve on Thursdays from 12 to 12:20 to practice noticing your stress and managing it with deep breathing and meditation.

Offered via Zoom; email Dr. Teresa Huff-Pomstra huffpomstrat@umkc.edufor the link.

Updated 4/28/20- Open Art Studio (Drop-in Zoom session on Wednesdays between 4PM-6PM) : This virtual workshop was developed for UMKC students looking for creative outlets to manage stress during the quarantine. Students are welcome to bring in their own personal art projects to work on and share. This workshop is designed to use art materials that students may already have at home, but adaptations will be presented by the art therapist in order to accommodate for everyone. Artistic talent is not required to participate. If interested, RSVP to Melanie at to receive zoom link.

Updated 4/14/20 – Check out our NEW resources posted below in the coping resources section of this post! And check back regularly for the latest additions!

Updated 4/8/20 – Mind Over Mood (MOM) workshop NOW online! UMKC Counseling Services’ 3-part MOM workshop is now available online. This workshop is one of our post popular services and is designed to help you feel better fast by introducing skills and tips to help you quickly learn to manage unwanted or unpleasant emotions. In our office, this workshop is provided over 3 consecutive weekly sessions, meeting for 1 hour each week. This online version allows you to follow along with the video instruction and downloadable workbook at your pace. Please also see the ADA compliant transcripts for each video.

If you are interested in participating in MOM once UMKC Counseling Services returns to typical operations, please call 816-235-1635 to make an appointment.

MOM session 1:

MOM session 2:

MOM session 3:

MOM Student Workbook

Updated 3/24/20 – Whole Body Healing, UMKC Counseling Services’ trauma sensitive yoga practice, is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check back here or to UMKC Counseling Services’ website to be notified about the practice’s return.

Updated 3/18/20 – Given the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, UMKC Counseling Services is determining what services we can offer in the midst of situations that are rapidly changing.  Considering our current clinical demands and limited resources, we have had to make the difficult decision to temporarily discontinue initial appointments and are no longer taking new clients.  Instead, individuals seeking mental health services are being referred to the community. 

Here is a list of wide ranging mental health services offered in the KC area, including places that offer reduced-fee services and/or work with health insurance. If you have any questions or need assistance accessing community services, please let us know and we are happy to help. 

Please check back regularly for changes and continued updates as this situation continues to be fluid.

Coping Resources

Check out the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness! Their website has many free mindfulness, meditation and yoga resources including guided meditations (in several languages, for people of color, and for the deaf and hard of hearing), a research bibliography, instructional videos, and information about mindfulness in recovery. They also are offering a number of free lunchtime meditations, weekend seminars, and evening classes on mindfulness for wellbeing and resilience via Zoom.

A 3-Step Approach to Manage Uncertainty – YouTube 

For help with falling and staying asleep:



Being Well Podcast: Coping with Quarantine



In Case of Emergency

Updated 3/18/20 – At this time, UMKC Counseling Services remains open. If you are in crisis, you can utilize our Crisis Walk-In Consultation times at 10am and 2pm Monday-Friday. If you find yourself to be in crisis outside of these times, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

National crisis hotlines and online services:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Suicide Hotline): 1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741