Counseling Center

Welcome to the St. Catherine University Counseling Center.

Our regular counseling schedule for spring semester 2022 runs through Friday, May 13. Services during finals week—and continuing through end of May—include the Let’s Talk drop-in hour (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 1-2 p.m.), BIPOC drop-in hour (Weds, 1-2 p.m., Thurs 10-11 a.m.), and the Crisis Counseling hour (Monday-Friday from 2-3 p.m.). (Scroll down for further details on these services.)

A modified schedule for the summer months will begin on Monday, June 6. Virtual and in-person options are available in our hybrid model.

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

Crisis Information

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

  • 911 or
  • St. Kate’s Public Safety ( 651-690-8888 )

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)
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255

About the Counseling Center

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 a 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.

We provide quality counseling services at no-cost 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 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.

St. Catherine University sits on the traditional homelands of the Wahpekute Dakȟóta People. The Counseling Center recognizes the original peoples of this land and its ancestral history, as well as the other nations, such as the Anishinaabe, who have also made this land home. We acknowledge the ways in which this history has been, and continues to be, erased and silenced. We recognize that their people were forcibly removed from their homeland and their deep relationship with the sacred sites, stories, foods and medicines, ancestral bones, cultural and healing resources, and way of being–to make room for us to reside and gain our livelihood.

As counselors, it is imperative for us to acknowledge the grief and trauma that settler colonialism, broken treaties, enforced starvation, and genocide have caused Indigenous people and this land. It would be impossible and harmful to situate discussions of mental health issues as problems of individuals without acknowledging the collective harms caused by settler colonialism–and by the mental health system that has often been used as a tool of colonization. It would be equally harmful not to recognize the patience and strengths the Indigenous community has always embodied.

These truths leave us with humble gratitude for the land which was stolen from the Dakȟóta people who were–and continue to be–here. Seeking to be in good relationship with the Indigenous peoples and this land, we commit to:

  • honoring the Indigenous ways of knowing and healing that have much to offer, and that have often been appropriated
  • actively working to recognize Indigenous survivance
  • continuing to learn about these issues and Indigenous mental health
  • and amplifying the voices of Indigenous practitioners and students

We make this statement as a first step in dismantling the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism.

*Please note that at this time, we are pleased to offer Indigenous students the opportunity to work with an Indigenous counselor through regular counseling services or our BIPOC drop in hours.

 

Current Services for Students

The Counseling Center will be open on a modified schedule throughout the summer to support St. Kate’s students. After a brief administrative pause at the end of May, we will begin our modified summer schedule on Monday, June 6. The summer appointment request form will be available at that time. Students who are registered and enrolled for summer classes at St. Kate’s will be given scheduling priority. If you have questions regarding services, please email us at counselingcenter@stkate.edu.

The Counseling Center continues to offer a hybrid model for counseling appointments, with counseling appointments available by secure video platform or in-person (Derham Hall 330). (Note: 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 45 minutes. The first session typically focuses on gathering information about your current experience and needs, as well as basic background information. 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 note that we are unable to provide ongoing, virtual counseling services to students located out of state due to licensing guidelines for psychotherapists in Minnesota. 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 during Summer 2022, please complete and submit our Appointment Request Form (this will be made available on June 6). 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.

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

Drop-in times are designed for brief connections with a counselor - whether you are in crisis, in need of support from a BIPOC-identified counselor, have a specific concern, or simply want to learn more about counseling. Our experienced staff can help you identify what next steps are right for you. Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting us at counselingcenter@stkate.edu

Crisis Counseling Hour

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

In-Person — When and where?

  • Monday-Friday, 2-3 p.m.
  • Early arrival is recommended
  • Derham, Room 330
  • If possible, please complete the Crisis Counseling Request form prior to arriving
  • Your patience and understanding regarding timing is appreciated as the volume of requests is difficult to predict
  • 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. If you have any questions or concerns, you are also welcome to contact us by email counselingcenter@stkate.edu or phone (651-690-6805).

* Please note that we might not be able to provide counseling services to students located outside the state due to licensing guidelines for psychotherapists 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).

BIPOC Drop-In Hours

BIPOC Drop-In Hours provide easy access to confidential, informal consultation for students specifically hoping to connect with a BIPOC-identified counselor, but is not a counseling session. Students meet one-on-one with Rebecca from the St. Kate's Counseling Center for 15-20 minutes to listen, provide support and perspective, and make suggestions for resources. 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.

In-Person — When and where?

Let's Talk

Let's Talk is designed to provide easy access to confidential, informal consultation to all St. Kate’s students. Students meet one-on-one with a counselor for 15-20 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis. The counselor will listen to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

In-Person — When and where?

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Library, Room 127D
  • Need a virtual option?
  • Let‘s Talk at St. Kate’s is based in part on Cornell University’s Let’s Talk program. Some materials have been duplicated with permission.

 

Group counseling is a good option for many students, either as a stand alone option or in addition to individual counseling. To participate in these groups, students must complete an information session with the facilitator(s) and are considered clients of the counseling center. Please be prepared to commit to attending all sessions.

The Growing Stronger Toolkit

This 7-week group is for students who would like to learn strategies for befriending and working with their nervous system after traumatic or overwhelming life events. Session topics include how personal, collective, and intergenerational/historical trauma impacts memory, the body, and relationships.

Each session will include time for grounding practices, psychoeducation, group conversation, and skills for managing trauma responses (fight, flight, freeze, fawn, submit/collapse) by calming or energizing the nervous system.

This group will be offered again in Fall 2022, with enough interest. Minimum of 5 and maximum of 8 participants. Contact the Counseling Center if you are interested.

These offerings are open to any students meeting the criteria for the specific group or workshop and do not require meeting with the facilitator in order to sign up. Attendance in these programs does not make someone a client of the counseling center. Feel free to contact us if you would like a workshop for your department or student organization.

Examples of Prior Workshops

A Holistic Approach to Test Anxiety (4-week series)

The Home Stretch: Managing Stress and Navigating Online Learning (2-part series)

Talking about Trauma and Healing (1-part workshop)

BIPOC Healing and Empowerment Circle

This Circle has been held in past semesters. If there is student interest, we would be happy to offer it again. For additional information or with questions, please contact Rebecca at rrroepke@stkate.edu or 651-690-6539.

  • 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

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.

Resources

I’m having a difficult time managing my emotions with all the stressors of college.

  • Do you know what TIPP Skills are?
  • Use this video to learn more about regulating your nervous system

I’m always so self-critical and hard on myself.

I’d like to start meditating but I don’t know where to start.

I’m having a tough time dealing with life during a pandemic.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and unsettling for everyone. We recognize this pandemic has increased anti-Asian racism and xenophobia and has disproportionately impacted the Black community and many communities of color.

The following resources offer some good ideas of key ways to support mental health and general well-being at this time. These offer an important starting point for reflection and self-care strategies.

 

Click on a topic to be directed to resources on that subject:

Collective and Racial Trauma

Trauma and Relationship to Body

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.

The following pages include some helpful information and resources to support your efforts to get connected to a provider off-campus:

If you wish for more more detailed information, the following pages go into more depth:

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.

Browse our recommendations for podcasts on various mental health topics.

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.