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Counseling Center

University Counselor

Monica Perez earned her MEd in Community Counseling at Clemson University. Prior to joining the Southern Wesleyan community, she worked with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.

SWU Lifestyle and Policies

We support the policies and expectations of the University, but are aware that students will not always be in agreement with those expectations. We respect those differences. We do not report or discipline misconduct, but support every student in making wise and healthy decisions. We do not see a conflict between wise/healthy living and the SWU lifestyle expectations.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need counseling?

You may visit the SWU Wellness page for resources and information about the WayForward app. Students often need support as they pursue personal growth and wholeness during their college experience. Some examples of issues for which a person might seek counseling include:

  • Addictive behavior patterns
  • Conflict / anger management
  • Emotional turmoil
  • Grief
  • Sexuality
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Unhealthy relationships
How can I benefit the most from counseling?
  • Be honest with your counselor
  • Focus on a specific concern or issue
  • Be consistent in keeping/participating in sessions
  • Commit to try new things as you work toward change
How do I get an appointment?

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Counseling appointments may be scheduled by contacting our office at 864-644-5131.

Will our conversations be shared with anyone else?

Counseling and Health services are confidential. Confidentiality means staff members cannot speak with anyone else about the meeting unless the client gives permission. We are required to take reasonable action if a client appears to be a threat or danger to self/others.


The office functions similar to a doctor’s office. If waiting for an appointment, students may be seated in the reception area. Out of respect for one another’s privacy, there is an expectation that individuals in the waiting area will not disclose information about others.

The Counseling Center also functions as a training site for counseling interns in graduate school. Interns are involved in weekly supervision with the Director to ensure services provided are within the scope of their training and expertise.

Other Resources

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