SCHEDULE A CONFIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT
Arrive 15 minutes prior to your first appointment to complete paperwork.
CSB: (320) 363-5605 - Health Center, Lottie Hall LL
SJU: (320) 363-3236 - PPDC, Mary Hall #10
Counseling appointments can be made by phone or in person, but not via email.
Parents, friends, or faculty cannot schedule counseling appointments for a student.
Currently enrolled St. Ben's, St. John's, and School of Theology students are eligible for counseling.
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Individual counseling is free for enrolled students.
If you are not able to attend a scheduled appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
The counseling relationship is confidential, which means your clinician will not give out ANY information about you without your written consent. State law and ethical standards of psychology require that we report information about you in the following circumstances:
- If there is a clear and imminent danger that you may harm yourself or others.
- If a record is court ordered by a proper legal authority.
- If there is suspected or confirmed abuse of children or vulnerable adults.
- If you are a minor and are not considered emancipated
(living away from home and/or supporting yourself).
- If you describe sexual exploitation by a previous therapist.
- If you are pregnant and using a felonious drug (e.g. cocaine, heroin).
In individual counseling, you can work with a mental health clinician to explore concerns and to work towards a better understanding and resolution of your difficulties. The first appointment, or intake session, focuses on exploring presenting concerns and gathering related information. Subsequent sessions are usually not as structured as the intake session. The total number of sessions will vary depending on your presenting issues. At times, your clinician may recommend psychological testing as an aid to your work in counseling.
In group counseling, students can explore topics and concerns in a confidential, small group setting with guidance from a mental health clinician. Students can connect with, gain support and insight from, learn new skills, and inspire and support other students with similar concerns and/or experiences. At various times throughout the academic year, groups may be initiated based on general concerns, themes, or issues, such as depression and anxiety.
Workshops are typically one to four sessions in length and are educational in nature. They can focus on a variety of life management issues and are useful in both promotion of healthier lifestyle choices and fostering awareness of mental health issues. Workshops are often offered to the entire campus community, but may also be appropriate for specific groups on campus such as athletic teams, residence hall, or other campus groups and organizations. Common themes for workshops include but are not limited to:
- Body Image
- Healthy Relationships
- Stress Management
- Smoking Cessation
- Alcohol Use