Counseling Center

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

While our services have temporarily moved to a remote format due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Counseling Center remains open and committed to continuing to provide support to St. Kate’s students by offering remote Wellness Consultations to currently enrolled students via secure video platform or phone. Details about our current services and how to access care are outlined below. You can also contact us at counselingcenter@stkate.edu (preferred means of contact at this time) or at 651-690-6805

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please see the Crisis Counseling section (below) for after-hours and crisis counseling resources.

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 remote wellness consultations for students, time-limited individual counseling, consultation to faculty and staff, phone crisis counseling through a collaboration with ProtoCall, and referrals to community resources.

We provide quality counseling services to students coping with personal, social, and behavioral difficulties common to the college population. Each therapist brings expertise in mental and emotional health and views students’ concerns in the context of human development and culture.

We are deeply committed to creating a welcoming, supportive space in which you can be seen and valued in your entirety. As a staff we are dedicated to awareness and appreciation for individual differences within our diverse campus community. We strive to foster an emotionally safe and respectful environment for students of all identities. You are welcome here.

Current Services for Students (Summer 2020)

While our services have temporarily moved to a remote format due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Counseling Center remains open and committed to continuing to provide support to St. Kate’s students. During the summer months, we are offering remote Wellness Consultations to currently enrolled students by secure video platform or phone.

What is a Wellness Consultation?

Our remote Wellness Consultations focus on stress management and well-being for current St. Kate’s students. An initial Wellness Consultation is typically 45 minutes in length and focuses on gathering basic background information and information about your current experience and needs. Any ongoing Wellness Consultations typically run 30 minutes and aim to increase 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 note that we may be unable to provide ongoing 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.

How do I make an appointment?

Students can request initial appointments through our appointment request form.

Who will know?

Counseling Center staff maintain professional standards as defined by state law. You will receive our written privacy and confidentiality policy at your first appointment, and your counselor will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you might have. View the Client Bill of Rights

Will Counseling Center services be offered during the summer?

Yes, the Counseling Center will be open on a modified schedule throughout the summer to support St. Kate’s students. Scheduling priority will be given to students who are taking summer classes at St. Kate’s. Students with active enrollment status—registered for both spring and fall 2020 classes—are also welcome to request a remote Wellness Consultation.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or seek help from a local mental health crisis resource. For students in Ramsey County, contact the Ramsey County Urgent Care for Adult Mental Health (Crisis Phone and Information Line: 651-266-7900). Additional crisis resources include the National Crisis Text Line, available 24/7/365 by texting HOME to 741741.

If you feel an urgent need to talk with a crisis counselor, the St. Kate's after-hours crisis counseling line (in partnership with ProtoCall) can be reached by dialing 651-690-6805 and pressing 1 at the prompt.

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. We are happy to meet with students to explore and assess their counseling needs and interests, in order to make recommendations and assistance about referrals to mental health resources in the surrounding community. This might include private practitioners, intensive outpatient programs, or specialty treatment centers.

If you prefer to search for an off-campus therapist independently, without an appointment and referral support at our center, you can search for a local therapist (whether in St. Paul or out of state) through Psychology Today's database. Simply put in your zip code to find therapists within a certain radius of where you live, and you can include other search criteria such as health insurance accepted. The St. Kate’s Counseling Center is not able to make recommendations using this system since we do not have personal knowledge of their skills. For this reason, 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.

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.

Requesting an Appointment

If you would like to request a Wellness Consultation appointment, you can do so by filling out our online Summer 2020 request form. You are also welcome to contact us at counselingcenter@stkate.edu or at 651-690-6805.

What if I need to cancel? If you are unable to keep an appointment, please send an e-mail 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.

Our after-hours telephone crisis help-line can be accessed anytime our office is closed by calling our office number (651-690-6805) and pressing 1 when prompted.

Well-Being During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and unsettling for everyone. While reactions can vary and people are affected in different ways, everyone is feeling the impact in some way.

Whatever your emotions are — afraid, sad, hopeful, angry — your feelings are valid. When we tune in to our experience and emotions, we can then better recognize what we may need in any given moment and take steps to care for ourselves during these challenging times. We would be glad to talk with you about your thoughts and reactions to this time, and invite you to make an appointment for a Wellness Consultation.

We have gathered a few articles and resources that offer some good ideas of key ways to support mental health and general well-being at this time. By no means an exhaustive list, these are meant to offer a starting point for reflection and self-care strategies.

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

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–Friday,  9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–4 p.m.