COLUMBUS, Miss.—Dr. Deb Wells is here to listen.
Wells has been the director of The W Counseling Center on the campus of Mississippi University for Women since the start of 2020. For her, the center is a place of comfort that meets students where they are.
Each day, Wells and Kimberly Davis, a licensed marriage and family therapist, host students to discuss anxiety, stress, self-esteem, eating disorders and other issues facing college students.
The blue house located on the corner of 11th Street and Fourth Avenue, The W Counseling Center, is open to all W students and all services are free. Students are encouraged to make an appointment, but walk-ins are welcome.
“Students know they can come and they're comfortable coming,” said Wells. “Someone can leave and feel like they've been heard and maybe have come up with a plan to do something different or to be something different.”
Currently, the center has two counselors available to students and looking to add an additional counselor soon. “Don’t Cancel that Class” is just one of the additional services the center offers to campus. The service allows counselors to speak to classes on a variety of subjects in the absence of a faculty member.
Wells joined The W in 2017 as a counselor in The W’s Counseling Center.
She is a licensed professional counselor who received her doctorate in supervision and counselor education and her master's of science in community counseling from Mississippi State University.
Her knowledge of social work and religious education comes from her undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wells has served in various positions in the counseling profession including therapist/president of Wells Counseling Associates, Inc. and owner of Gingko Inspire Counseling & Creativity. She has more than a decade of experience in higher education as a faculty member at multiple institutions.
She served as a member and chairperson of the Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors. Wells has also been a member of the American Association of Sate Counseling Boards and the American Mental Counselors Association.
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Feb. 12, 2020
Contact: Tyler Wheat