Counseling Center

Our caring staff of professional psychologists provides confidential services including short-term counseling, consultation and referral to community resources—available to all students free of charge.


At times, everyone feels stressed-out, depressed, angry, anxious or confused. Sometimes these problems gradually go away on their own or they get better with the support of our friends and family. However, there are times when these problems do not go away or they become too overwhelming. These are the times when one should seek out professional help.

Make an Appointment

Fall Semester 2018 counseling request form

Looking for an off-campus therapist? You can find a local therapist (whether you're 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.

We are 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.

Off-Campus Counseling Suggestions

Crisis Resources

Counseling services are in high demand. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call to cancel 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.

Need urgent counseling help? During Fall and Spring semesters, one hour each day is set-aside for crisis counseling for students who have immediate counseling needs.

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11 a.m.–noon (Fall/Spring semester)
  • Tuesday/Thursday 2–3 p.m. (Fall/Spring semester)

In order to ensure that you have adequate time to meet with a counselor, please plan to arrive within 30 minutes of the beginning scheduled crisis counseling hour.

If you arrive later than half past the hour, please be aware that the counselor may not be able to meet with you. The counselor will, however, make every effort to get you scheduled for another time slot.

Off-campus crisis resources

If you are in need of crisis support outside of our open hours:

  • The Walk-in Counseling Center, located in Minneapolis and also offering services at both Family Tree Clinic and Neighborhood House in St. Paul, offers free, anonymous counseling for more immediate and/or urgent needs. No appointment needed, hours and locations listed on their website. Reachable via phone at 612-870-0565.
  • Urgent Care for Adult Mental Health, located in St. Paul, offers an alternative to visiting the emergency room during a mental health crisis and offers 24/7 crisis phone support 365 days/year: 651-266-7900

If you are currently in crisis and need to talk to someone right now please contact one of these resources or go to your nearest emergency room.

Crisis Phone Lines:

Mobile Crisis Units:

During the 2017-18 academic year, students were invited to enjoy a free light lunch while watching a 20-minute TED Talk and afterward shared comments, reactions, and questions with their peers. Discussions were facilitated by Counseling Center staff psychologists.

The goal of these lunch groups was for students to leave feeling more equipped to cultivate emotional balance and to de-stigmatize the discussion of mental and emotional health.

If you'd like to contribute feedback regarding last year's initiative or express interest in the possibility of future discussion groups, please email counselingcenter@stkate.edu.

View 2017-18 Discussion Series TED Talks

Links to TED Talks from our Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 lunch discussion series can be found on D2L in a group titled "Counseling Center Resources". To access, click the "Self Enrollment Courses" link found in the lower right hand side of D2L's homepage, beneath "Useful Links". To protect privacy of those who join our group, roles are set to "private"—only Counseling Center staff have ability to see those enrolled and students do not see each other in a class list as with academic course groups.

Our D2L group is a work in progress, and we hope to have more materials posted in future. If you join, please feel free to email us with suggestions of things you'd like to see there: counselingcenter@stkate.edu.

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Services Available to You

Individual Counseling

Do you need help getting through a difficult time? Confidential one-on-one counseling sessions are available at no cost to currently enrolled students throughout the year.

In general, individual counseling is a process of self-discovery and growth where a trained professional helps someone deal with problems related to personal, emotional, social, and mental health concerns. In the counseling session, clients collaborate with their counselor to define problems they wish to address and to work toward solutions to these problems.

Students currently registered and enrolled at St. Catherine University, attending classes on either the St. Paul or Minneapolis campus and able to physically attend sessions in our office can make an appointment for an individual counseling session. Students who are not currently enrolled (alums and/or students taking a leave of absence) are welcomed to contact us via email at counselingcenter@stkate.edu for information regarding community referrals.

The Counseling Center is currently experiencing a staffing transition, which has reduced the number of appointments available until additional staff are in place.

We are committed to providing all of our students with the support and resources they need to be successful. To continue offering services to as many students as possible, the Counseling Center has implemented a 3-Session Assessment and Referral model during this transition. We anticipate this will be a temporary measure as new counselors are hired to meet student needs.

With these three sessions, we hope to provide: 1) emotional support and basic feedback regarding presenting issues, 2) customized ideas for emotion management and life coping skills, and 3) information and support for accessing off-campus counseling with a therapist in the community if desired.

The first appointment with your counselor will be an exploration/assessment session. Your counselor will ask you about the current issues that are bothering you as well as any relevant background information. Your counselor will give you feedback and suggestions about what might be helpful for you as you face your issues including recommendations for any continued counseling.

Counseling Center Staff maintain professional standards as defined by state law. You will receive our written Privacy and Confidentiality policy at your first appointment; your counselor will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you might have.


Assessment & Referral

We provide referrals for students who are interested in learning more about mental health resources in the surrounding community. This might include private practitioners, intensive outpatient programs, or specialty treatment centers.

Please note:

  • Our center does not provide assessment or documentation for Attention Deficit Disorder or Emotional Support Animals. Feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss referral ideas for off-campus resources.

Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric services will no longer take place in the counseling center and are moving to the St. Kate's Health and Wellness Center beginning this 2018-19 academic year.


Online Screening

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


Consultation

Our staff psychologists offer consultation to faculty, staff and students who are looking for advice or information about how to help another individual coping with mental or emotional 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.


St. Paul campus

Derham Hall | Room 330
651.690.6805
counselingcenter@stkate.edu

Regular Hours:
Monday–Friday:
8a.m.–noon &
1–4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours:
June 15–August 15:
Tuesdays
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Minneapolis campus

Education Building | Room 359
651.690.7830
counselingmpls@stkate.edu

Main Office Hours:
Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tue: 1:30-4 p.m.
Wed.: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thur: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Counseling Appointment times may vary. To set up an appointment please contact the counselor directly at:

651.690.7767 or mcpeterson@stkate.edu

Summer Hours:
Summer hours vary. Please call for exact times.