Due to the ongoing pandemic regarding COVID-19, the Counseling Center staff will be working virtually. Although clinicians will be unavailable for in-person appointments they will be available to assist students with life-threatening crises and emergencies through teletherapy during regular business hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Students can call the Counseling Center at 410-543-6070 and communicate their need to speak to a counselor as soon as possible. Examples of emergencies include suicidal or homicidal ideation, sexual or other assaults, symptoms of psychosis, and/or other urgent life circumstances.
Students who have urgent mental health concerns outside of regular business hours can use the center’s After-Hours Support Line by calling 833-631-1066. The support line is available to support students experiencing any kind of mental health crisis.
For additional local, state, and nationwide crisis resources that include in person, over the phone, and text options please visit our Crisis Resources webpage.
Your first appointment will be an intake scheduled for a 90-minute time frame. The intake begins with completing demographic and assessment information related to symptoms, types of problems and treatment history, among other things. This portion takes approximately 30 minutes. Once completed, a counselor will review this documentation and meet with you for a 50-minute session. This initial appointment is geared toward gathering information to thoroughly assess your symptoms, history, and goals for therapy. In addition, recommendations will be made and we will discuss an individualized plan for treatment depending on your needs and goals.
Brief Individual Therapy
The Counseling Center offers a short-term treatment model, which limits each student to 6 sessions per semester, so we are able to best service all SU students. While in treatment you can also participate in our Support Groups or in our Mindfulness Meditation program. Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is available to all students to use as a self-help tool, or to use with your therapist as a part of your treatment. If you or your therapist decide that brief therapy is not suitable to address your presenting problem, we also have many community referral options and can assist you with this process.
In order to comply with recommended health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as limitations to what we can control in order to maintain confidentiality, the Counseling Center does not currently offer group therapy. However, multiple Support Group options as well as virtual Individual Therapy are available to students.
Before starting group therapy, you will need to complete an intake assessment. Please see the Individual Therapy dropdown to learn more about this process. In group therapy you can learn about yourself as well as how you interact with others. You will often find that when sharing your own personal difficulties other members of the group have shared similar experiences. Group therapy typically consists of 8-10 members meeting with two trained group leaders for 1 ½ hours each week. Please click on the link to learn more about our group therapy service.
A support group is a gathering of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, and support. This group is different from an interpersonal therapy group. The goal of a student support group is to provide an exclusive space for students with a shared identity to discuss issues pertaining to their identity. In this space students interact with their peers who have a shared identity to provide and receive support from each other. The topics that are covered in a support group vary depending on the identities of the group participants. A counseling center staff member will be present during each support group to facilitate conversations and provide insight and psychoeducational resources on various topics. The clinician is not present to provide therapy. Students who would like to engage in individual therapy should contact the Counseling Center at 410-543-6070 to schedule an appointment.
Research suggests that meditation can improve mood, decrease anxiety, and enhance focus, among other mental and physical benefits. Our 6-session Mindfulness Meditation Program is designed to teach mindfulness meditation practices that can be incorporated into everyday life. The program is open to all identities and offers mindfulness education along with guided meditations. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and receive more information.
The Counseling Center is available to provide virtual and online services to students during the COVID-19 pandemic, including brief individual therapy, multiple support group options, a Mindfulness Meditation Program, and access to TAO (Therapy Assistance Online.) You may find more information about all of these services in the dropdowns above. You can also find self-help resources about the pandemic on our Coping with COVID-19 webpage.
TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) includes over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. TAO Includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals. To learn more about TAO please visit our TAO webpage.
We provide consultations regarding the behavioral and emotional problems of others to parents, students, faculty, or staff. While information about current clients is confidential, staff at the Counseling Center can offer recommendations after a discussion about the behavior and emotional state of the individual in question. We can recommend strategies for approaching the troubled individual and making a referral. Relevant resources on or off campus could also be discussed.
Kognito training is an online training course for students, faculty, and staff. This training will help you recognize signs of distress in students and explain how to refer them to the proper resources. Please see our Kognito webpage for more information.
See our FAQ webpage for general and parent frequently asked questions, as well as input from one of the Counseling Center’s therapist, Dawn Harner, LCSW-C, CTM, about “Five Things Students Want Parents to Remember.”