Welcome to the St. Catherine University Counseling Center
Welcome! We are here for you and look forward to connecting with you.
REMINDER: As we approach the end of the semester, our regular counseling schedule will run until the last day of classes (Friday, December 8). At your initial session your counselor will discuss with you a follow-up plan and due to the semester coming to a close, this follow-up plan could include a follow up session and referrals for resources during the break.
FINALS WEEK: During Finals Week (Monday, Dec. 11 – Friday, Dec. 15), the Counseling Center will offer modified appointments for urgent needs. These will be different from our regular counseling appointments. To request an appointment during Finals Week, please utilize our Finals Week (Fall 2023) Request Form. Let’s Talk and Crisis Hour services will still be available during this time (see below).
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:
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.
The St. Catherine University Counseling Center offers mental and emotional health support, consultation, and education to our students and the larger university in the hopes of creating a climate in which our whole community can actively and thoughtfully support our students around issues of well-being. In our work, we are committed to embracing and demonstrating the values of the university by providing a welcoming, compassionate environment to “all without distinction”. Our therapists support the development of the whole person by providing high quality services that honor and respect each student’s unique cultural values, intersectionality, and lived experience. The Counseling Center aspires to uphold our values of compassion, hope, healing, and equity throughout all of our work so that all students might become as healthy and resilient as possible as they work toward their academic and life goals.
(Created by Counseling Center staff in August 2023)
Current Services for Students
Scroll down for more information about how to access these services. If you have questions regarding services, please email us at email@example.com.
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.
For in person appointments: Please be aware that masks are welcome but not required for the duration of your time in the Counseling Center. If before your appointment you are experiencing illness-related symptoms, please let us know as soon as you're able so that we can look at changing to a virtual appointment or at rescheduling options.
For virtual appointments: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this or if you need help identifying resources and referrals in your area.
Note: The Counseling 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?
As we approach the end of the semester, our regular counseling schedule will run until the last day of classes (Friday, December 8). At your initial session your counselor will discuss with you a follow-up plan and due to the semester coming to a close, this follow-up plan could include a follow up session and referrals for resources during the break.
During Finals Week (Monday, Dec. 11 – Friday, Dec. 15), the Counseling Center will offer modified appointments for urgent needs. These will be different from our regular counseling appointments. To request an appointment during Finals Week, please utilize our Finals Week (Fall 2023) Request Form. Let’s Talk and Crisis Hour services will still be available during this time (see below).
If you are in crisis and need to be seen quickly, please see the Crisis Counseling tab for faster options.
What if I need to cancel?
If you are unable to keep an appointment, please send an email to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Drop-in services (both in-person and virtual options) give students the opportunity to have a brief, confidential consultation with a counselor. Whether you are in crisis, need 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. Attending does not affect your eligibility for counseling sessions.
Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting us at email@example.com.
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*.
When and Where?
- Monday-Friday from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
- In Counseling Center - Derham Hall, Room 330
- Early arrival is recommended
- Please note that masks are required.
- 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 schedule a virtual* crisis 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 with further information. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-690-6805.
*Please note that we are not 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 to offer brief support and to assist you in finding 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). This crisis line is available to you any day of the week, any time of the year. All St. Kate's students can use this service.
Let's Talk is designed to provide easy access to confidential, informal consultations for 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 listens to concerns and provides support, perspective, and suggestions for next steps.
These services provide brief consultation, not counseling. What that means is that while the counselors are mental health professionals, consultations are not a substitute for counseling, therapy, or other mental health treatment.
Let’s Talk may be a good fit for topics like these:
- You want learn about 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
- You'd like to get the perspective of a counselor
Where and When?
- Monday-Friday from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
- Library, Room 127D
- Please note that masks are encouraged, but not required.
- Since the in-person service is drop-in-based, there is no need to sign up or fill out the request form below—simply stop by.
- Fridays: Let's Talk with a BIPOC-identified therapist and a therapy dog
If you’d like to schedule a virtual Let’s Talk consultation, please fill out the Let’s Talk Request Form.
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
Do you often feel jumpy or hyper-aware? Or find yourself numb, checked out, or falling asleep in stressful situations? Do you have difficulty trusting others in relationships? You aren’t alone. This 7-week group is for students who would like to learn strategies for befriending and working with your 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.
Keep an eye out for future offerings!
New! Group Counseling Series
Holistic Balance Through the Seasons: Autumn
Grounding and Letting Go of Stress – Explore seasonal shifts through nature experiences, expressive arts, and embodiment. Notice how these shifts impact the plants, animals, elements, and ourselves–and how nature adapts and responds. Discern when you want to harness seasonal energies, and when to balance them. Practice integrating nature's wisdom to navigate change, seasonal cycles, and your own energies/moods.
Tuesdays, October 31-November 28, 12:00-1:00pm
Group size is limited to minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 participants, so contact us today to
schedule your 20-30 minute info session!
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 email@example.com 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.
I’m having a difficult time managing my emotions with all the stressors of college.
I’m always so self-critical and hard on myself.
- Start by listening to Dr. Kristen Neff, leading researcher on self-compassion, explain the three components of self-compassion.
- Explore the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion to find meditations, exercises and other resources
- Watch this short video on how to tame those automatic negative thoughts (ANTS)
- Try a Guided Meditation on Self-Love and Compassion
I’d like to start meditating but I don’t know where to start.
- Check out one of these meditation apps, either on your phone, laptop or tablet:
- Calm, Headspace, Insight Timer
- Or, try tuning in to one of these 7-Minute Mindful Breathing Exercise
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:
- Connecting to an Off-Campus Mental Health Provider. This first information sheet offers an overview of steps to consider.
If you wish for more detailed information, the following pages go into more depth:
- Script for Contacting Off-Campus Providers. Some simple language and basic details for a phone call or email.
- Selecting a Mental Health Provider: Things to Consider. Various ways to identify a provider and things to consider about fit of needs, interests, location, and more.
- Health Insurance Considerations: Navigating health insurance can be confusing. Here is some basic information.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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