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UWA Counseling Services

UWA Counseling Services: We Want You to Be Well

We want your time at UWA to be the most rewarding and enjoyable it can be. That’s why we offer Counseling Services to our students, free of charge. Our services range from mental health to academic enrichment. Each consultation is confidential and available on your schedule.

Our available services include:

  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Motivational Academic Counseling
  • Enrichment Workshops & Seminars
  • Consultation
  • Referrals
  • Mental Health Screening provided by Mental Health America.

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8 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday

On Campus Students

For appointments, or for additional information, contact the counseling office at (205) 652-3651 or via email at

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Foust Hall 7
UWA Station 29
Livingston, AL 35470

(205) 652-3651



You can rest assured that anything disclosed during any of our counseling sessions will remain completely confidential. Only in the most extreme cases as explained below would there be a need to share information regarding a person, or persons, participating in any of our counseling services.

  1. The student/client signs a written release of information indicating informed consent to such release
  2. The student/client expresses serious intent to harm himself/herself or someone else
  3. There is evidence or reasonable suspicion of abuse/neglect against a minor child, elderly person (65 or older), or a dependent adult
  4. A subpoena or other court order is received directing the disclosure of information.

It is the policy of all our counselors to warrant either (a) privileged communication in the event of #4 or (b) the right to consult with students/clients, if at all possible, barring an emergency, before mandated disclosure in the event of #2 or #3.

Any material or information obtained from a minor may be shared with the client’s parent or guardian, at the discretion of the counselor. Therapy may involve the participation of family members and/or significant persons. However, our counselors cannot guarantee that what is expressed within a group setting will not be divulged by said participants once they have left the counseling session. The UWA counselors can only guarantee client/counselor privilege in regard to the sharing of personal information during the counseling session.

Community Counseling Services

Counseling services are available to the community through the private practice of Dr. Mary Ann Hollingsworth, a licensed professional counselor in both Alabama and Mississippi. Dr. Hollingsworth provides counseling services based on the following sliding fee scale:

Hourly fee (based on approximate annual gross income):

  • $35.00 ~ $35,000.00 and Below
  • $45.00 ~ $35,001.00 – $45,000.00
  • $55.00 ~ $45,001.00 – $55,000.00
  • $65.00 ~ $55,001.00 – $65,000.00
  • $75.00 ~ $65,000.00 and above

Workshops, seminars and retreats are also available to the community. For appointments, or for additional information, contact Dr. Hollingsworth at:

(205) 652-3623,

Community Resources

Choctaw County [Alabama] Resource Guide
Marengo County [Alabama] Resource Guide
Meridian, Mississippi Resource Guide
Pickens County [Alabama] Resource Guide
Sumter County [Alabama] Resource Guide
Tuscaloosa County [Alabama] Resource Guide

Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centers in Alabama

Crisis Information

Call University Police at (205) 652-5555 if immediate assistance is needed, especially if the situation is potentially life-threatening. For non-emergency crises during office hours, contact Counseling Services in Foust Hall 7 or by phone (205) 652-3651. Please let the receptionist know that the situation is urgent, and a counselor will be available to you as soon as possible.

Disclaimer: While efforts have been made to refer to only quality websites containing accurate information, inclusion does not imply that the University of West Alabama or Counseling Services at UWA endorses all the content included in these sites.

Additional Resources

The transition from a high school student to a college student is one of the biggest you’ll make in your life. For many, it is the first time away from home. In this new environment, you will find yourself with greater responsibility, which can result in more stress than you’ve ever experienced. And, once you’re here, you may still have issues requiring help.

No matter what, we want your time here to be the safest and most enjoyable it can be. To help you adjust, we offer the following resources that can give you the strategies and support you need to meet your challenges.

College means a new culture, a new set of rules and more. Adjustment can be tough, but there are steps you can take to make your transition easier.
Knowing all you can about the dangers of alcohol and drugs can go a long way toward ensuring you make the best choices possible while attending UWA.

The purpose of the Alcohol and Drug Education Program (ADEP) is to provide the University community of faculty, staff, and students access to information to promote healthy changes in drinking and drug use behavior.

Being in a new environment can cause stress and even anger. But there are constructive ways to control your temper and resolve conflict.

Adjusting to a college campus comes with enough issues without having to deal with clinical mental disorders. If you suffer from one of the following psychological disorders, contact Counseling Services to arrange for free counseling sessions to help ease the burden you may be experiencing.

It’s not uncommon to feel down and even isolated in new settings, and that’s especially true for college students. If you’re concerned about any feelings of depression, read our checklist of symptoms to help determine if you might need additional help.
Often, anxieties around being in new environments can lead to eating disorders. If you find your eating habits and appetite changing soon after you come to campus, please take advantage of our free counseling services.

The Jed Foundation’s Mental Health Resource Center provides essential information about common emotional health issues and shows teens and young adults how they can support one another, overcome challenges and make a successful transition to adulthood.

The major difference between students who reach their potential by graduation — and those who don’t — is motivation. If you think you have a motivation problem, there are things you can do to improve your situation.

According to the National Association for Self-Esteem, self-esteem is “the experience of being capable of meeting life's challenges and being worthy of happiness.” So, the question is, how do we get to a point where we feel that we are worthy of happiness?

We all experience stress and anxiety in response to life events. When we successfully apply coping skills, we limit the experience of anxiety.

Getting prepared for tests can be difficult, but they’re key to your success at college. Check out our list of tips to help you optimize your test prep.

Check out a wide range of suicide prevention and awareness resources.

Among the most important skills you can master at college is time management. Between your classes, coursework, job and social life, it can be quite a challenge to keep it all under control, but there are ways to help ensure that you maintain a healthy balance between work and play.
Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Learn more about its key components.

Resources for Faculty and Staff


Faculty and staff, as trusted figures, are frequently the first to identify signs of distress in students, which can significantly impact their academics and well-being. While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to detecting distress, specific guidelines can help in recognizing and assisting individuals who may be in need. 

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