Chuck Xander, Embedded Veteran Counselor

In Fall 2023, IVETS welcomed our first embedded Veteran and military-connected counselor.  Chuck Xander joins the team with over 20 years of mental health counseling experience.

Chuck is an empathetic counselor with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with over twenty years in the mental health field. As a combat veteran, deploying to Iraq in 2003-04, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Chuck has personal, and a professional knowledge of military life and civilian life and the difficulties military connected students endure. 

Chuck attended William Penn University on a football scholarship and received his bachelor's degree with a double major and double minor all in the Human Services field. Chuck then attended University of Northern Iowa and received a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Chuck specializes in PTSD (including military, sexual, and complex trauma) grief, anxiety, depression, communication skills and couples therapy by providing compassionate care and practical solutions that improve the quality of life for military connected students and their families. 

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Call 911 or 988 if this is an emergency. 

If you want to schedule an appointment with Chuck, please complete the form at the bottom of the page.  

If you are needing immediate assistance with a mental health need, please contact University Counseling Center at 319-335-7294. You can also visit the website

UI Support & Crisis Line Mental Health Services available to UI Students 24/7. Call of text 844-461-5420 or visit their website at

If you are veteran and would like to speak with someone right away, please call Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 and then press 1.  You may also text the Veterans Crisis Line at 838255.



Request an Apointment

To request a meeting with Chuck Xander, embedded IVETS counselor, please submit the request below.  

  • Please allow 60 minutes for your appointment.  Plus 30 minutes for pre-appointment paperwork prior to meeting.
  • Please provide three options based on your availability.  
  • Once submitted, you will be contacted within two business days with information on your scheduled date and time.
    • If you need a same day appointment, please contact University Counseling Services at at 319-335-7294.
  • If you do not hear back within two business day, please contact 

This form is not to be used for  emergency matters.  Call 911 or 988 if this is an emergency.  

Support & Crisis Line: Mental health support & crisis service available to UI students 24/7/365

  • Call or text 844-461-5420
  • Chat online at 

Veterans Crisis Line: 800.273.8255 (Press 1)

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