Services Provided

Common reasons students utilize the services at CCS:

  • Relationship issues
  • Understanding one’s sexual/gender identity
  • Depression
  • Eating and body image concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem/self-confidence
  • Adjusting to college
  • Anger management
  • Stress management/coping skills
  • Self-care
  • Grief and loss
  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Homesickness
  • Sexual assault/trauma

We understand that college can bring many changes to students’ lives and can be filled with experiences for which students may need extra support. Individuals and couples can work with a counselor to explore their concerns and work toward a better understanding and resolution of their difficulties. It is our goal to assist individuals in identifying problems, developing alternatives, making decisions, and helping them pursue their plan of action.

In addition to providing individual counseling for students, CCS offers couples counseling for students who are dealing with issues in their relationship with their significant other. A couple can be married, single, LGBTQ+, roommates, or housemates. As long as both partners are Butler University students, the couple can be seen at CCS for couples counseling.

Our general therapy groups are named Understanding Self and Others primarily because they are designed for students who wish to increase self understanding, self-esteem, and intimacy in relationships, as well as address their interpersonal style and relationship-building skills. Group members come together with others who are also struggling with something about themselves or life with which they are not happy. The group provides a private, warm and supportive environment in which you can constructively experiment with new ways of relating to others, share personal experiences, express fears and concerns, and get support and feedback.

Towards the beginning of each semester, CCS offers a variety of themed group experiences based on current needs of students presenting to our service. Themed groups we have offered include:

  • Grief/Loss
  • Sexual Assault Survivors
  • Family Difficulties
  • DEI Support
  • GLBTQ+ Support
  • Brene Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection
  • Eating/Body Image Support

If you are interested in becoming a member of a group, please call us at 317-940-9777 to talk about your needs and check the day and time each group meets. Groups are limited to 8 participants, and they are typically filled within the first few weeks of each semester. Since these are not drop-in groups, we do ask that students complete our intake forms and discuss this treatment option with a clinician prior to participation.

brown bulldog with white chest and white markings on chin and right side of faceBella is happy to join CCS as part of the animal assisted therapy program! Bella is an 8-year-old English Bulldog. She has a rambunctious, friendly personality and loves belly rubs, treats, and playing with her hundreds of toys. Bella loves to monitor the halls of CCS and greet all the clients before and after sessions. You can see Bella on campus in her stroller- she is not much of a walker! She loves to go to Atherton Union for pup cups at Starbucks and is happy to get pets from everyone that walks by.  

After successfully completing almost a year of obedience school, Bella passed her American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test to join the CCS staff as a therapy dog. Bella gets excited to come to work every day at CCS where she provides support for students in counseling; whether she is helping students reduce their anxiety, consoling grieving students, or simply filling a gap for homesick students missing their family, she is always a comfort! When Bella is not at work bringing smiles to Butler students and staff, she lives at home with Dr. Kiray and her dog brother Ox. 

To visit Bella, simply call CCS at 317-940-9777 or email Dr. Kiray at  

CCS contracts with a licensed psychiatrist, Dr. DeLynn Williams, to provide consultations for medications related to mental health conditions such as mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD.  Unlike most other CCS services, students will be charged a fee for using this service.  Initial consultations are billed at $200, and follow-up medication checks cost $80 for 20 minutes and $125 for 40 minutes.  Students will have their student account billed using a health service fee label.

CCS provides individual assessments of students’ substance abuse concerns and can either provide treatment if appropriate or refer students to local substance abuse treatment facilities.  For students mandated by Student Affairs for such an assessment, there is a charge for this service.  The scope of services offered by CCS does not currently include court-mandated referrals.

CCS offers an alcohol and other drug education program for students either voluntarily interested in the program or mandated by another department on campus. There is a fee for attending this workshop.

Counseling & Consultation Services (CCS) offers limited generalist counseling services, by licensed and professionally trained staff, to currently enrolled Butler University students. CCS support the educational mission of Butler University by providing short-term therapeutic intervention that supports students in their personal and academic goals. Consultation and programmatic outreach services are available to faculty, staff and employees of Butler University.

In accordance with this mission, the services are not focused on remedial or reconstructive (long term therapy or multiple appointments weekly) experiences. Likewise, CCS is not appropriate for students whose conditions are deemed more complicated (for example, medically, in level of severity, pharmacologically, legally, or due to specialized circumstances) than what can be treated in an ethically appropriate way by CCS staff. Students presenting with such conditions will be referred to appropriate resources in the community at the discretion of the Director. Students are responsible for paying the costs incurred for services and treatment provided through outside agencies.

Students must be currently enrolled at Butler University to be eligible for services. Any faculty or staff of Butler University who are also enrolled in courses at Butler are not eligible for psychotherapeutic services and will be referred to the University’s Employee Assistance Program for such services.

See Outreach & Consultation for information on educational programs and trainings.