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Student Counseling Center

The Student Counseling Center strives to promote the health and well-being of the entire Baldwin City campus community. In addition to individual, couples, and group counseling, the clinic staff offers a variety of programs throughout the year for students, faculty, and staff. Topics include depression, anxiety, stress management, relaxation, eating disorders, athletic performance, suicide, and drug and alcohol abuse.

519 Grove St. | The yellow brick house at the corner of Sixth and Grove.

Monday – Friday
Clinic: 9 a.m. – noon; 1 – 4 p.m.
By appointment: 785.594.8409

Tim Hodges, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist
Counseling Center Director

Sherri Pahcoddy
Counseling Center Coordinator


The mission of the Baker University Health Center is to promote wellness and maximize students’ strengths to ensure success. Counseling services further seeks to promote the health and well-being of the Baldwin City campus community as a whole. This is accomplished by providing mental health services, outreach, and educational opportunities and by fostering collaborative relationships across the university as a whole.


Our services are confidential as governed by the State of Kansas. All counseling records are kept separate from all academic, administrative, disciplinary, and medical records. No information about a student’s contact with Counseling Services is released without the knowledge and written consent of the student. Exceptions to this rule occur only in the circumstances outlined below.

We are allowed to break confidentiality in the following circumstances:

  • A client presents a serious threat of violence to another.
  • There is reasonable suspicion of child-, elder-, or adult dependent-abuse.
  • We are ordered to release records by a court order.
  • A client presents a threat of harm to her or himself in order to protect her or his safety.

Counseling Services for Students

Individual counseling is available to all currently enrolled Baker students to help them deal with a wide variety of concerns including homesickness, roommate issues, dating problems, stress management, depression, anxiety, substance use concerns, eating disorders, and suicidal feelings. See the FAQ section for additional information regarding what happens when a student comes to Counseling Services for a first session.

Couples counseling is also available, as long as one of the partners in the couple is a currently enrolled Baker student. Couples can be married or dating, heterosexual, or homosexual. If you have a concern about a significant aspect of your relationship, feel free to bring your partner with you to the session so both of you can discuss your concerns with your counselor.

Group counseling consists of meetings of groups of students on campus (typically linked by a campus-related organization) who share a similar concern. Similarly, groups on campus may use the Counseling Center to explore issues that arise in their group.

Consultation takes place in a variety of ways. One example of consultation occurs when a student comes to Counseling Services to ask for information about a specific topic area in psychology or to seek advice regarding how to be helpful to a friend in need. In addition, a campus organization or group may ask a Counseling Center psychologist to present on a specific topic of relevance for their group. For example, a sorority may be interested in having a member of the Counseling Center staff present on relaxation and stress management.

Suicide Survivor Information