CEW+ assists hundreds of individuals each year as they make decisions about their future through free counseling that is open to everyone at U-M and in the community.

Our comprehensive counseling program supports exploration of education and career interests within the context of relationships and life circumstances. Transitioning into the workforce or academia presents numerous unforeseen obstacles, especially for those with nontraditional backgrounds. Whether a student, a seasoned professional, or entry-level worker, our center offers a non-judgmental space where you will be individually advised.

Our counselors work within a developmental framework to help individuals consider their options, make informed choices, and both define and resolve problems. CEW+ provides counseling to people of all genders and demographics and recognizes the complex societal factors that may present unique challenges in an individual’s life. We believe in overcoming challenges, and we believe in you.

Our Counseling Services

  • Career counseling
  • Education counseling
  • Emergency funding for current U-M Ann Arbor students

Schedule an Appointment

Stop in to CEW+ (330 E Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) or call 734.764.6360. Because counseling appointments fill quickly, please call our office directly so that we have the most current availability in front of us. There is no charge for counseling appointments. They are available to anyone of any gender, whether affiliated with the University or not.

If this is your first appointment, you will be scheduled for an intake appointment to complete paperwork, with a counseling session immediately following. Please pay attention to the details you receive in your appointment reminder email. Our policy is to cancel your appointment if you are more than 15 minutes late for your intake. After your appointment, you will have the opportunity to complete a brief satisfaction survey.

***Note: Due to intrastate licensure issues, we are not able to offer phone appointments to those who currently live outside of the state of Michigan. We recommend that you look in your local area for resources on career and education.

What Happens During an Appointment?

While there is no “typical” appointment, the list below can give you an idea of the concerns our participants tend to discuss in a counseling appointment at CEW+.

  • Goal clarification
  • Feedback on resumes, cover letters, application materials, etc.
  • Beginning a job search
  • Educational goals
  • Returning to college or graduate school
  • Work/life/family balance issues
  • Emergency funding for current U-M Ann Arbor students

Counseling appointments are limited to once a month, unless previously agreed upon with your counselor. Initial appointments are approximately 45-60 minutes in length. Follow-up appointments, if needed, are up to 45 minutes long.

CEW+ Counselors

Sharon Alvandi, MSW, LLMSW / Temporary Counselor
Sharon received her MSW and a certificate in communal leadership from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2017. Since 2010, she has taught/facilitated classes and groups while working on projects and task forces in the realms of education, refugee resettlement, developing gender equity in communities, and faith-based coalition building. Sharon works with individuals on counseling through transitions in education and careers. To make a counseling appointment with her, please call 734-764-6360.

Kirsten A. Elling, PhD / Associate Director for Operations and Counseling Program
Kirsten oversees CEW+’s career and educational counseling, program evaluation, and operations. She leads the Council for Nontraditional Students (COUNTS) and serves as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lead. Additionally, Kirsten serves on a number of U-M committees and consults and collaborates with a range of U-M units/departments. A U-M alumna (Bachelor’s degree in Psychology), she received her Master’s degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago. Currently, her availability for counseling appointments is limited.

Doreen Murasky, LMSW, ACSW / Student Program Manager
Doreen oversees the scholarship, fellowship, and social work internship programs at the Center. In addition, she enjoys providing counseling and developing and presenting dynamic programs, with a focus on holistic life planning through the lifespan. Currently, her availability for counseling appointments is limited.