"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 2021 counseling team consists of two licensed counselors, three counseling interns, and one social work intern:

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

Pete Franzen,
LCPC-C

Clinical Counselor
pfranzen@meca.edu

Matthew Chase
Counseling Intern
mchase@meca.edu

Andrea Harkins
Counseling Intern
aharkins@meca.edu

Lisa Murray
Counseling Intern
lisa.murray@meca.edu

Francesca Perlov
Social Work Intern
fperlov@meca.edu

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. 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