Western Iowa Tech Community College
Mental Health Counseling

Mental Health Counseling

Life can be challenging, especially when you’re juggling school, family, work and the many other things that life throws at us. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or need someone to talk to, WITCC mental health counselor is available for one-on-one counseling.

Meet Our Counselors

Josh Van Zweden

My name is Josh Van Zweden, licensed therapist with a Masters in Social Work certification and a certification in drug and alcohol counseling. For most of my career I have worked in the field of addiction helping people from various backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic statuses, races, ethnicities, religions, genders, and ages. I love being with people, meeting people, learning their stories, and most importantly I love helping. I am a person-centered, solution-focused counselor familiar with Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, positive psychology, and the PERMA theory of well-being. I am excited to be a part of the team here at WITCC and looking forward to meeting you!

Toni McAleer

My name is Toni McAleer and I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University. I’m a temporary licensed mental health counselor (t-LMHC) and I’ve had a certification in drug and alcohol counseling since 2013. I have provided addiction and mental health counseling (assessments, education, individual, group and family therapy) to a variety of people in numerous different settings including homes, a shelter, outpatient and school settings. I enjoy working closely with students to help them work through their personal, social and academic struggles by giving students strategies and resources to overcome obstacles. For the past five years, I have been working as a Student Support Specialist in the TRIO department on the WITCC Denison campus, and will continue to do so part-time. I’m excited for this new opportunity to also provide mental health counseling to students on the WITCC Branch Campuses!


  • Free and confidential clinical mental health therapy
  • Information and referral for community resources
  • Reduce barriers to the educational experience
  • Online therapy through TAO
  • Program presentations related to mental health

What Do You Need to Talk About?

  • Stress management
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Family issues
  • Roommate issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Social issues
  • Information and referral
  • Relationship issues
  • Life skills
  • Time management
  • Academic needs and frustrations

Online Counseling

WITCC offers online counseling services through TAO. The online tool provides over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. It offers interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals.

Watch video on TAO

Register for TAO

  • In your browser window, navigate to https://us.taoconnect.org/register.
  • Enter First Name, Last Name, and your school email address.
  • Create a Password.
  • Leave the 'Enrollment Key' field blank.
  • Click Sign Me Up.
  • Check your email. You will be sent a Welcome to TAO email with a confirmation link which you must click on to sign in.

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