Welcome to the DMACC Counseling Department. We are here to assist you
in meeting your academic, career and personal goals. Your success is
our focus. Counselors provide brief counseling, consultation, and
educational outreach to help students achieve their goals. We are
dedicated to facilitating your academic progress through a variety of
- Academic Issues: Struggling with grades
- Career Issues: Developing a career path
- Personal Goals: Working on family issues, stress, anxiety, etc.
When making a decision whether or not to see a Counselor, you may
want to know whether your privacy is protected. It is important for you
to know and trust that what you say is kept confidential so that you can
feel free to express your most private thoughts and concerns.
The DMACC Counseling Department follows a strict code of
Confidentiality, according to the standards of the American Counseling
Association. Records of your visits to the Counseling Department do not
become part of your academic record, and they are not shared with other
faculty or staff outside of the Counseling Department. Likewise, your
parents do not have access to your records and your counselor will not
disclose any information regarding your visit(s).
There are specific exceptions when Counselors are legally bound to break confidentiality. These exceptions are:
- The counselor or staff member reasonably suspects that a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected;
- The counselor or staff member reasonably believes you may be at risk to harm yourself; or
- The counselor or staff member reasonably believes you may pose an imminent risk of harm to others.
Kara Dirksen - Newton Campus Counselor
Tuesday & Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Appointments for counseling services can be made through the front desk (641-791-3622) or directly with Kara.