The mission of the Counseling Center is for specially trained and licensed mental health counselors to provide services that enhance the growth and development of all members of the university community. Through counseling, consultation, education, and advocacy, the Counseling Center aims to assist all members of the university community to develop a mental health environment that is conducive to the retention and graduation of all students.
We Are Here to Help
The licensed mental health professionals in the Counseling Center are available to provide a variety of counseling services for MSU students, faculty, and staff, including individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, and family therapy.
The Counseling Center is open 8:00 - 4:30 Monday through Friday, and we
have a counselor on call 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00 daily to help with emergency
situations. All services are free of charge.
Some of the issues we commonly help with include
- Adjusting to new situations
- Managing stress
- Anxiety, fear, nervousness
- Poor anger control
- Eating and body image issues
- Relationship issues
- Social issues
- Family problems
- Asperger’s Disorder
- Crisis intervention
- Trauma recovery, as in situations of rape or abuse
- Diversity and cultural issues
- LGBT concerns
- Self-awareness and self-care
Initial paperwork is done on a walk-in basis 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00 Monday through Friday. These forms take approximately 30 minutes to complete. A counselor will be available to answer any questions. A counselor will call you to schedule your first appointment once your paperwork is complete and your case has been assigned.
Your discussions with your counselor and any paperwork you complete are treated confidentially by the Center. Your records are NOT part of your academic or administrative records. If you would like us to share any information with another person or agency, you must sign a written release permitting us to do so. No information will be transmitted to any other individual or agency without the express permission of the client, except as required by law.
All staff members in the Counseling Center adhere to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Limitations Regarding Our Services
The Counseling Center does not perform court-ordered or court-mandated counseling or assessment. We also do not provide primary substance-abuse treatment.
The Counseling Center does not provide prescription services. We will refer students who may require a medical evaluation for prescription medications used in the treatment of mental illness to area medical providers. Students are responsible for ascertaining whether their health insurance plans cover these prescription services.
Concerns About Other Individuals
If you would like to report concerns about other individuals on campus, please contact our Student Intervention Team using this link: Report Concerns. The team's purpose is to collect, track, and evaluate reports from all parts of campus concerning students who may pose a threat to their own safety and/or the safety of others. Students and faculty can do their part by reporting concerns on the Student Intervention Team website. Help us to promote a safe and supportive campus.
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