"Problems do not go away. They must be worked through, or else they remain forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit." —M. Scott Peck, MD

MECA counselors are committed to helping students achieve their personal and academic goals and enhance their self-understanding. They provide students with support and encouragement in a non-judgmental, caring setting, where diversity is respected and celebrated.

Counseling is free and confidential at MECA. Office hours are available every weekday as well as Saturdays. The best way to schedule a counseling appointment is to email counseling@meca.edu. These emails are directed to Sheila Geant, Coordinator of Counseling & Wellness, who will reply. Please include a few days and times that would be convenient for you to meet.

Some reasons students seek counseling

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Adjustment problems
  • Depression
    Disordered eating
  • Grief and loss
  • LGBTQIA+ issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Substance use/misuse

Counseling Services at MECA

  • Mental health assessment
  • Individual, couples, and group counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Consultation with members of the MECA community, family, providers
  • Psychoeducation
  • Referrals to appropriate resources and local providers

The 2020 counseling team consists of two licensed counselors, two counseling interns, and two social work interns:

Sheila Geant, LCPC
Coordinator of Counseling & Wellness

Matthew Chase
Counseling Practicum Student

Andrea Harkins
Counseling Intern

Pete Franzen, LCPC-C
Clinical Counselor


Brenna O'Sullivan
Counseling Intern

Francesca Perlov
Social Work Intern

In an emergency, you may do any of  the following, depending on the nature and severity of your concern:

Please view this page for more instructions on Crisis Support.

Wellness programming and opportunities are offered intermittently throughout the academic year at MECA. Individual wellness appointments may be scheduled by emailing counseling@meca.edu to discuss ways of improving wellness and lifestyle choices and related resources available in the Portland area.

Artwork: Hayley Cummings ’15