Counseling Center

While your college experience can be an exciting time of change and new opportunities, the demands aren't always easy. Central Methodist University's Counseling Center is a safe and confidential place where you can go for support. We have Master’s level interns who are supervised by a licensed professional counselor; together we will help you work through any issues, at no cost to you.

Our hours are Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Urgent Resources

988     Counseling Referral     

Setting Up An Appointment

Please send an email to, or fill out the Appointment Inquiry form at the bottom of this page. You can also stop by our office, Room 206 of the Inman Student and Community Center, or call 660-248-6274 to schedule an appointment. At your first appointment, you will be asked to fill out paperwork, then you and your counselor/counselor-in-training will discuss your concerns and go over relevant background information. Our goal is to help give you the tools and support you need to have a positive college experience.

Services Offered

  • Individual Therapy
    Individual therapy is a one-on-one meeting with a mental health professional. These meetings are a time for you to address your concerns and learn skills and techniques you can use to grow in your ability to manage real life situations. In Missouri and looking for a virtual counseling option? Contact our virtual Clinical Counseling Center.
  • Couples Therapy
    You and your partner can work together with the counselor to identify obstacles and then learn skills and communication techniques that can be used to overcome the obstacles in order to have a healthy relationship.
  • Group Therapy
    Some issues can be effectively addressed in a group setting. You will interact with other individuals who are working on a similar issue. Meetings are typically once per week and can have a set number of occurrences.
  • Programming
    The Counseling Center staff is available to present information on a variety of mental health topics. We can conduct programs and workshops to university classes, organizations, or groups.
  • Consultation
    Our counselors are available to consult with CMU students, faculty, and/or staff on any concerns.

Meet the Counselors

wooldridge-2023Katie Wooldridge, M.Ed., LPC

I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Human Services from Columbia College in 2009. I then went on to Stephen’s College for my Master’s of Education in Counseling. I worked in adult mental health with New Horizons Community Support Services for 11 years. I’ve had my own private practice in Boonville, MO since 2012. Coming to CMU in the Fall of 2020 allowed us to expand our counseling center in order to serve more students. We are now able to utilize CMU’s Master of Clinical Counseling interns to provide additional counseling services to our student population. If you are interested in Central Methodist University being the location for your counseling internship, email Katie Wooldridge.


raelen-carstens-2023Raelen Carstens, M.A., PLPC, NCC

Raelen graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Luther College in 2020 and with a master's in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Northern Iowa in 2023. She has experience working with college students and young adults on topics such as depression, relationship and communication problems, life transitions, and trauma processing. Raelen likes to use a mix of classic talk therapy, mindfulness-based practices, solution-focused practices, and ACT; but her top priority is to collaborate with her clients to build an approach that fits each of her client's unique needs. Raelen is supervised by Katie Wooldridge, M.Ed, LPC.


Audrey PhelpsAudrey Phelps

Audrey Phelps has a B.S in Psychology and is working towards a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Walden University.


Derek IngallsDerek Ingalls

Derek Ingalls is working towards his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Fort Hayes State University.


Jada GainesJada Gaines

Jada Gaines has a BS in Criminal Justice through CMU and is also working towards a Master’s in Clinical Counseling through CMU.



Local resources are also available upon request at the Counseling Center.

Appointment Inquiry Form