Counseling Center

Derham steps and Chapel belltower on the St. Paul, MN campus

Welcome to the St. Catherine University Counseling Center. Our fall counseling schedule runs from September 8 through December 14. This fall, we are launching a hybrid model for our counseling services. This is subject to change given the continually evolving nature of the pandemic, and we will continue to follow guidelines put forward by St. Kate’s University, MN Department of Health, and the CDC. If conditions necessitate, services may need to move to a fully virtual format for student and staff safety. We will continue to update our website regarding current services. See below for more information about our new hybrid services and email us with any questions at counselingcenter@stkate.edu.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please see the Crisis Counseling section, below, for after-hours and crisis counseling resources. ProtoCall, our crisis counseling service, is available 24/7 by calling 651-690-6805 and pressing 1 at the prompt.

About the Counseling Center

Our caring staff offers a variety of services to support student mental health, at no cost to students. We provide confidential services including short-term individual counseling for students, Let’s Talk consultations, a weekday 2 p.m. crisis hour, phone crisis counseling through a collaboration with ProtoCall, referrals to campus and community resources, and consultation to students, faculty, and staff.

We provide quality counseling services to students coping with emotional, social, behavioral, and identity-related difficulties common to the college population. Each therapist has expertise in mental and emotional health and views students’ concerns in the context of human development and cultural identity. Our counseling staff brings a professional and personal commitment to providing services within a multicultural framework. Please refer to our bios on Student Success to learn more about our team.

You are welcome here. We are deeply committed to creating a welcoming, emotionally safe space in which you can be seen and valued in your entirety, including your intersecting identities and unique cultural background. Our counseling center strives to be a system that is attuned and responsive to how students may be affected by both current social-political circumstances and historical marginalization. As mental health professionals, we recognize the impact of bias, discrimination, oppression, and historical trauma on psychological, emotional, and physical distress. We also acknowledge that this pain is often silenced and unaddressed, and we strive to be space in which your voice can be heard and valued. We want to support you in whatever you are facing and invite you to connect with us.

Current Services for Students

The Counseling Center is offering a hybrid model for counseling appointments during Fall 2021. Counseling sessions are offered to currently enrolled students* either by secure video platform or in-person (Derham Hall 330). Please note that at this time, due to current pandemic conditions, we are recommending that initial appointments be conducted virtually. Within that initial appointment, you and your counselor will discuss a consistent appointment modality (virtual or in-person) for any appointments going forward, taking into account your preferences as well as counselor recommendations. (The risks and benefits of in-person and virtual counseling are slightly different and ongoing virtual counseling may not be appropriate for all mental health concerns. For more information and guidelines, view our document on “Considerations for Virtual Counseling Appointments.”)

Please note that masks must be worn when entering the Counseling Center and during in-person appointments. 

Our counseling sessions focus on stress management and well-being. Sessions typically last 30 to 45 minutes. The first session typically focuses on gathering basic background and information about your current experience and needs. Any ongoing sessions aim to increase functioning levels, emotional wellness, and resilience through emotional support and skills for well-being. If more intensive counseling support or treatment is needed, or if circumstances or location* require alternative options, your counselor may support you in identifying additional resources and referrals in your community. Please scroll down for more information regarding referrals in the Referral Support section. If you are not sure about counseling or have any questions, our Let’s Talk consultation service may be a good option for you. Scroll down to our section, “Let’s Talk” for more information about how to connect with us.

* Please note that we are unable to provide ongoing, virtual counseling services to students located out of state due to licensing guidelines for psychologists in Minnesota. These guidelines vary by state during the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcome you to contact us at counselingcenter@stkate.edu with any questions about this or if you need help identifying resources and referrals in your area.

** Please note that our center does not provide assessment or documentation for ADHD or emotional support animals. Feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss referral ideas for off-campus resources.

How do I make an appointment?

To request a counseling appointment, please complete and submit our Fall 2021 Appointment Request Form. We will get back to you within 2 business days with appointment options that match the availability you provide on the form. If you are in crisis and need to be seen quickly, please see the Crisis Counseling tab for faster options. Feel free to email us with any questions about scheduling at counselingcenter@stkate.edu.

What if I need to cancel?

If you are unable to keep an appointment, please send an email to counselingcenter@stkate.edu to let us know as soon as possible, preferably at least 24 hours in advance. This allows us to use the appointment time for another student who is waiting to see a counselor.

Can I switch between virtual and in-person appointments?

At the initial appointment with a counselor, students can expect to discuss their preferences and the counselor’s recommendations for in-person vs. virtual appointments. At that time, we expect students to commit to a particular modality in order to maintain consistency, ease of scheduling, and avoid miscommunication. If you are no longer able to attend an in-person appointment and wish to transition to a virtual appointment (or vice versa), please contact us at counselingcenter@stkate.edu to request to reschedule or adjust your appointment modality, preferably at least 24 hours in advance. This allows us to best accommodate your request and avoid confusion.

How many sessions are available to me?

The Counseling Center operates within a short-term framework in order to meet the needs of many students. We consider short-term counseling to include up to 8 sessions per semester, and on average, students use about 5 sessions per academic year. Appointments are typically scheduled weekly or bi-weekly. You and your counselor will discuss what makes most sense for you -- given your needs -- regarding number of sessions and frequency of appointments within our short-term model. If you need long-term counseling (more than 8 sessions per academic semester), we can help identify therapists in the community who can provide this. We also offer referral assistance to specialized counseling programs, such as eating disorder or chemical dependency treatment. (Scroll down to the Referral Support section for more information or see our document on referral support.)

Who will know?

Counseling center staff maintain professional standards as defined by state law, including regarding confidentiality and safety. This means that we will not share information from your counseling sessions with other people unless we have your written permission or need to ensure your safety or someone else's safety. You will receive our written privacy and confidentiality policy when you make your first appointment, and your counselor will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you might have.

View the Client Bill of Rights

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please contact one of the following mental health crisis resources:

For urgent mental health support, contact a mental health emergency resource such as:

  • St. Kate's 24/7/365 Crisis Counseling line (in partnership with ProtoCall): dial 651-690-6805 and press 1 at the prompt.
  • Ramsey County Urgent Care for Adult Mental Health (651-266-7900)
  • The National Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741)

Crisis Counseling Hour

When the university is open, the Counseling Center offers a Crisis Counseling Hour from 2–3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sessions are offered in-person or virtually* and are provided by counseling center staff. Appointments typically run 20–25 minutes and are arranged on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • To attend an in-person Crisis Hour counseling session (recommended), please walk-in to the Counseling Center in Derham Hall 330 at or shortly before 2pm (early arrival is recommended). To support a smooth process, you are invited to complete the Crisis Counseling Request form prior to arriving at the Counseling Center.
  • To attend a virtual* Crisis Hour counseling session, please complete the Crisis Counseling Request form before 1:45 p.m. on the day you wish to have your session. We will send you an email before 2 p.m. with further information regarding your appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, you are also welcome to contact us by email (counselingcenter@stkate.edu) or phone (651-690-6805).

(Your patience and understanding regarding timing is appreciated as the volume of requests is difficult to predict.)

*Please note that we might not be able to provide counseling services to students located outside the state due to licensing guidelines for psychologists in Minnesota. However, we would be glad to provide a brief consultation during the Crisis Hour time to offer brief support and to assist you in identifying counseling/crisis support in your area, if that would be helpful. Also know that you are always welcome to call our partnered Crisis Line at any time, 24/7/365, by dialing 651-690-6805 (press 1 at the prompt).

After-Hours Crisis Counseling

If this isn’t a life-threatening emergency, but you feel an urgent need to talk with a crisis counselor, the St. Kate's Crisis Counseling line (in partnership with ProtoCall) can be reached by dialing 651-690-6805 and pressing 1 at the prompt (evenings, weekends, holidays, or anytime the counseling center can’t be reached).

Let's Talk is meant to provide easy access to informal, confidential consultation for all St. Kate’s students. Students are able to meet with a counselor from the St. Kate's Counseling Center for 15-20 minute conversations. The counselor will listen to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources. Let’s Talk is being offered in-person in Fall 2021 (see below for time & location!). Please note that wearing a mask is required. If for any reason you are unable to attend Let’s Talk in-person, please send us an email at counselingcenter@stkate.edu to discuss virtual options.

When and where?

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 1 and 2 p.m.
  • First-come, first served — no appointment required
  • Library, room 127D

Is Let’s Talk the same as counseling?

Let's Talk is a drop-in resource for brief, informal consultation with a counselor. Let's Talk is not a replacement for ongoing counseling or for students in crisis. (If you are in crisis and need urgent assistance, Let's Talk is not the best option to meet your needs. Instead, please scroll up for more information on crisis counseling options.)

When is Let’s Talk a good fit?

Let’s Talk may be a good fit for topics like these: You have a question about counseling and what it’s like to be in counseling; you'd like to briefly explore options for addressing a challenge; you want ideas about how to support a friend, or you'd like to briefly get the perspective of a counselor on topics such as academic stress, feeling anxious, relationships, adjustment to new culture, family problems, feeling down, financial worries, reactions to sociopolitical events, other concerns.

The Let‘s Talk program at St. Kate’s is based in part on the Let’s Talk program at Cornell University.  With permission, some of the material describing this program has been duplicated from Cornell University’s Let’s Talk program.

The drop-in hours are meant to provide easy access to informal, confidential consultation for students specifically hoping to connect with a BIPOC-identified counselor. Students are able to meet with Rebecca from the St. Kate's Counseling Center for 15-20 minute conversations. The counselor will listen to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources. This service is now being offered in-person as of Fall 2021 (see below for time and location!). Please note that wearing a mask is required. If for any reason you are unable to attend BIPOC Drop-In Hours in-person, please send us an email at counselingcenter@stkate.edu to discuss virtual options.

When and where?

  • First-come, first served — no appointment required
  • Wednesdays between 1 and 2 p.m.
    • Library, room 127D
  • Thursdays between 10 and 11 a.m.
    • MIPS

Are the drop-in hours the same as counseling?

No, this drop-in time is more of a consultation than counseling. It is for students who would like to briefly connect with a BIPOC-identified counselor — whether to receive some initial support in coping with experiences of racialized harassment, discrimination, or trauma — or to connect and learn about counseling services, or to ask about any other concerns. (If you are in crisis and need urgent assistance, the drop-in hours are not the best option to meet your needs. Instead, please scroll up for more information on crisis counseling options.)

If the drop-in time does not work for you, yet it feels important to you to specifically meet with a BIPOC-identified counselor, please let our front desk staff know and we will do our best to find a time that works.

Join us for a brief noon-hour series for any interested St. Kate students this fall. Boost Your Well-Being will focus on navigating transitions, managing stress, and cultivating care for self and others. In these 50-minute conversational presentations, Counseling Center staff -- Eve and Joanna -- will share strategies and resources for coping with the many stressors of this time. There will be time for conversation and troubleshooting strategies, so students can effectively implement what they learn.

You are welcome to attend one, two, or all three workshops in the series!

  • Navigating Transitions & Uncertainty  --  Tuesday, Sept. 28, 12:10 - 1 p.m.
  • Managing Stress & Balancing Responsibilities -- Tuesday, Oct. 5, 12:10 - 1 p.m.
  • Cultivating Care for Self & Others -- Tuesday, Oct. 12, 12:10 - 1 p.m.

All three sessions will take place in-person in Derham 017 (garden level). Please wear a mask!

While students are welcome to simply show up for the session, students often would welcome a reminder email due to busy schedules! If you are interested in attending, please complete this brief form so we can send you a reminder email.

(Signing up for the reminders does not formally connect you to the Counseling Center for services. If you are seeking ongoing support, please scroll up to see information about our counseling center offerings!) 

Questions / Clarification? Please email us at counselingcenter@stkate.edu.

  • A space for building each other up and celebrating all of who we are
  • All St. Kate’s BIPOC students welcome
  • BIPOC facilitator from the Counseling Center
  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, from 12-1pm, September 21-December 7
    • Taking place in CdC 370
  • Sign up for email reminders here
  • For additional information or with questions, contact Rebecca at rrroepke@stkate.edu or 651-690-6539

Having a community of support has always been key to college success, and is even more vital in the midst of an isolating pandemic, racial reckoning, xenophobia, and violence. In this group, we recognize the unique experiences of BIPOC students at a Predominantly White Institution in a world that can feel out of control and unsafe. We want to provide a space to reflect on and give voice to these experiences, build meaningful and validating community connections, and deepen an internal sense of safety and power. This is a place to rest, re-energize, and grow in our identities and community/self-care skills. This group will be a decolonized space of shared power between students and facilitators, of liberating conversations, and (ultimately) of a more sustainable sense of empowerment, hope, and joy.

Topics are flexible and based on student interest. Examples include: cultural healing practices and perspectives on wellness • racial battle fatigue • grief and mourning • historical/collective trauma and ancestral wisdom/strengths • imposter syndrome • accepting all parts of self / identities • navigating privileged & oppressed identities and microaggressions • relationships, feelings of isolation, and balancing school with life • academic stress, better sleep, coping skills, asking for help, saying no • maintaining self/community care in the current socio-political climate • and the topics that matter to YOU!

This space will be held by BIPOC staff of the Counseling Center. This is not a therapy group, and as such, you do not need to have a mental health condition to attend, and attending the circle will not automatically connect you with the Counseling Center.

(Note: Please scroll up to the sections about Counseling Appointments or Crisis Counseling if you are looking specifically for mental health services.)

This 6-part psychoeducational series is for students who would like to learn strategies for calming and managing their nervous system after traumatic or overwhelming life events.

This group will meet weekly, in-person, on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for six sessions (October 7, 14, 21 and Nov 4, 11, 18).

Interested in learning more? Contact the Counseling Center to schedule an info session with the facilitators. (Registration is required.)

 

Cofacilitated by Joanna Quanbeck, PhD, LP, and Rebecca Roepke, LICSW, Certified Adolescent Trauma Professional.

As we have gathered more and more resources on different topics related to mental health and well-being, we decided to relocate them to a more organized and easy-to-navigate document that we can update at any time. Topics represent a diverse range of voices, identities, and experience. This document will be updated regularly with more links to resources, so please bookmark and return for new ideas on well-being. We appreciate you taking the time to explore the many wonderful resources we have gathered here and hope you will find something helpful for you. If you have any questions about this list of resources, please feel free to contact us at counselingcenter@stkate.edu.

View our collection of resources on well-being.

(If you have trouble accessing this Google Doc, double check that you are signed in to your St. Kate’s account.)

At times, a student’s counseling needs or interests may be best served by referrals to off-campus resources, such as a therapist with a particular specialization or treatment within a longer-term model than our center can offer. At times, students seek to connect with a counselor with a specific shared aspect of identity or lived experience that may or may not be currently represented among the St. Kate’s Counseling Center’s small counseling staff. Each of our counselors would welcome talking directly with you about any questions or concerns and can offer assistance in referrals to mental health resources in the community that might best fit your needs and interests. This might include private practitioners, intensive outpatient programs, or specialty treatment centers. You are welcome to ask for a referral-focused appointment at the Counseling Center.

Please note that the St. Catherine University Counseling Center is not affiliated with local providers and cannot guarantee their services. Referral options offered by the Counseling Center are meant to be a starting place for you to decide who is the best fit for you based on your specific needs, circumstances, and preferences. We encourage you to also look through APA's tips for choosing a therapist to help you determine whether any given therapist might be a good fit for you.

For information and resources to support your efforts to get connected to a provider off-campus, please read Getting Connected to an Off-Campus Therapist: Referral Support, Information, and Resources.

Please note: Our center does not provide assessment or documentation for ADHD or emotional support animals. Feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss referral ideas for off-campus resources.

Recent events continue to illuminate the long and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice in this country and in our communities. Overt prejudice, individual and systemic racism, ableism, religious stigma and Islamophobia, and discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals and communities have been propagated by this social-political climate. The ongoing pandemic has increased anti-Asian racism and has disproportionately impacted the Black community and many communities of color.

As mental health professionals, we recognize the impact of discrimination, oppression, and historical trauma on psychological, emotional, and physical distress. We condemn all forms of oppression. As the majority of our staff members identify as white, we are deepening our commitment to more effectively support those who have experienced individual discrimination and structural acts of aggression and racism. This includes examining ourselves and our work to ensure we are doing what we can to act and provide services within an anti-racist framework. As part of our commitment, we are also strengthening intentional collaboration with campus and community partners. Please consider us a resource and support, whether you are facing anger, grief, exhaustion, or other reactions to these patterns of violence and systemic injustice, or working to better understand your privilege and move toward anti-racism and allyship.

At times, students seek to connect with a counselor with a specific shared aspect of identity or lived experience that may or may not be currently represented among our small counseling staff. Each of our counselors would welcome talking directly with you about any questions or concerns about lived experience, shared identity, or areas of expertise. Whenever a student prefers, know that our counselors can also offer assistance in referrals to BIPOC-identified therapists, LGBTQ+-identified therapists, or mental health resources in the community that might best fit your needs and interests.

The following webpage lists several of the offices and organizations that together support inclusive excellence at St. Kate’s.

Resources

The following resources offer some good ideas of key ways to support mental health and general well-being in this complex time. These offer an important starting point for reflection and self-care strategies. Please be sure to check out our stress and well-being resources section as well for additional tips on supporting well-being.

Additional Services

We offer access to the SMH Online Screening Program, a free and confidential online screening for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Take a screening

The Counseling Center provides outreach to the campus community through presentations, workshops, and other means to share information about mental health, coping, and well-being. When schedules allow, we collaborate with you on your events to add a counseling perspective, provide psychoeducational information, share our expertise on mental health topics and/or simply be there to talk about our services and support your event. To explore the possibility of our collaboration or participation in an event, feel free to email counselingcenter@stkate.edu.

We provide consultations for faculty and staff who have questions about interacting with students who are coping with emotional and mental health issues. Specific ways we can help include providing information about specific mental health issues, identifying possible resources in the community, or suggestions regarding how to talk to the individual about seeking help from a mental health professional. Please call our main office to inquire about a phone or in-person consultation.

For students who are interested in exploring psychiatric medication options, psychiatry services are available at the St. Kate's Health and Wellness Center.

Hours

Monday - Fridays, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–5 p.m.