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In-Person Services

The Counseling Center staff can provide limited virtual services dependent on individual client circumstances which would otherwise prohibit their access to treatment and which indicate a clinical need to receive services specifically from Center staff (as opposed to other virtual service providers to include TimelyCare).

Under some circumstances, virtual services can be contraindicated for a student, meaning that it could be harmful, based on their particular clinical needs. Should that apply to a student who cannot access in-person services in the Center, staff will make appropriate community-based referrals for in-person services.

Clinical Services

  • Brief Needs Assessment

    Brief Needs Assessments are the starting point for all non-crisis, clinical services at the Counseling Center. During the appointment the student will work with a clinician to determine which services are the best fit to effectively address the student’s concerns. Brief Needs Assessment last 15 to 30 minutes. Prior to the start of the appointment, students are asked to complete basic forms, which take 5 to 10 minutes.

    Students can access Brief Needs Assessment by scheduling or coming in during walk-in hours. Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Students can schedule by coming into the office, room 263 in the GSU, calling 410-543-6070, or by scheduling online during our hours of operation (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.)

    Non-crisis, clinical service options include:

    • Brief Therapy


      In order to initiate ongoing counseling, an intake assessment is completed to gather information and thoroughly assess symptoms, history, and goals for therapy. Intakes are scheduled for a 90-minute time frame and begin 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 the student for a 50-minute session. The student will then receive recommendations and depending on needs and goals, an individualized plan for treatment.

      Brief Individual Therapy

      The Counseling Center offers a short-term treatment model, so we are able to best serve all SU students. Sessions with a clinician last up to 50 minutes and are focused on working towards identified treatment goals. If it is decided that brief therapy is not the best fit to address the presenting problems, the Center has many community referral options and can assist with the referral process.

      Couples Therapy

      The Counseling Center offers a short-term treatment model for couples (married or not). Sessions last up to 50 minutes and involve conflict resolution, improving communication, and working to address issues related to external stressors, among other identified treatment needs. At least one person in the relationship must be an SU student.  Couples counseling is initiated with each member of the relationship attending a Brief Needs Assessment. During the Brief Needs Assessment, be sure to indicate that you would like to initiate couples counseling.

    • Anxiety Management Group

      The Anxiety Management Group aims to help participants manage anxiety by offering knowledge, teaching skills, and developing abilities to reduce anxiety and its negative impacts on day-to-day life. Participants will explore what anxiety is, how it manifests, and ways that it can be effectively controlled. Relaxation techniques, cognitive restructuring practices, and mindfulness approaches will be applied.

      Join today by completing a Brief Needs Assessment. After the assessment you can choose from one of three groups, whose four-part series start dates are:

      • Tuesday, February 14 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
      • Monday, February 27 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
      • Thursday, March 16 from 2 to 3:30 pm

      Call 410-543-6070 or email for questions or concerns.

    • Referrals

      In some cases, it maybe determined that a student would benefit from a referral to an on- or off-campus service. This may include referrals to off-campus therapy, psychiatry, or other mental health referral needs. The Center can help with the process of identifying and connecting with the recommended service. There is also information about connecting to providers in the community on the Center’s Off-Campus Providers website.

    • Single Session

      This one-time session option is well-suited to students who seek help related to one specific topic. This is typically helpful when the student already has a good understanding of the concern but is unsure about what steps to take to resolve it. Single Sessions can last up to 50 minutes; however, they are often shorter, ending when the student identifies actions to take. If another appointment is needed, then other treatment options will be discussed.

Virtual Services

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