Broene Center services

Ways we can help

The Broene Counseling Center offers a number of services designed to help students address a variety of concerns. Below is a list of the services that we provide. If you need help to determine what services would be most beneficial to you, please feel free to set up an appointment to talk with one of the counselors (call 616-526-6123).

Individual counseling

Individual counseling provides an opportunity to explore concerns in a safe atmosphere. Students work with a professional counselor who listens and lends expertise regarding individual concerns and circumstances. By working with a caring, objective, and non-judgmental professional, students are able to address complex issues and concerns. Counseling enables students to problem solve, to make healthier choices, to build their strengths, and to enhance their personal and academic lives. The number of counseling sessions is mutually determined by the student and counselor.

Group counseling

Group counseling brings together students with similar concerns to meet with a counselor. Obtaining support and feedback from other students in a therapeutic setting can result in increased awareness, change, and feelings of connectedness. For specific group information, see our list of Groups and Workshops.

Couples counseling

Couples counseling can help couples develop skills in conflict resolution, communication, intimacy, and other issues. Services are available for married, engaged, and dating couples who desire to address their relationship issues with a trained professional.

Premarital workshops

Premarital workshops are offered each semester to support engaged couples in their preparation for marriage. Workshops are based on the latest findings in research and Christian principles for relationships.

See the Premarital Workshops section of our Groups and Workshops page for more information and details.

Psychiatric consultation

Psychiatric consultation is available for students who might benefit from medication. Consultation is provided by a medical doctor who specializes in psychiatry. Open communication between the student, counselor and psychiatrist ensures a collaborative approach to treatment. Although counseling services at Broene are offered at no cost, there is a charge for psychiatric services. Many health insurance programs provide coverage for a psychiatric assessment.


Referrals can be provided by Broene counselors for resources both within the Calvin community and outside of it. Referrals may be made to other offices on campus, such as Health Services, Campus Ministries, and Student Academic Services. Referrals may also be made to reputable community therapists or other professionals who provide specialized care.


Consultation is provided for those who may be concerned about a student. We can offer suggestions to faculty, staff, and family members regarding ways to intervene with a student. We can also help to determine whether further assistance or counseling might be needed and provide appropriate referral recommendations.