"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&D 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&D. Office hours are available every weekday. 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&D:

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





The Fall 2021 Counseling Team consists of the following:

Sheila Geant, LCPC
Coordinator of Counseling & Wellness
sgeant@meca.edu

Colleen Clark, LCPC-C
Clinical Counselor
colleen.clark@meca.edu

Counseling Interns

Matthew Chase
Counseling Intern

Maria Crawford
Counseling Intern

Lindsay Rivard
Counseling Intern

Edwin Van Bibber-Orr
Counseling Intern

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

Wellness programming and opportunities are offered intermittently throughout the academic year at MECA&D. 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: Carla Nunez-Hernandez, Detail of Cacibajagua en Cauta, Digital Painting, 18" x 24", 2019.