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Who Goes to Counseling?
You are not alone. Many come for counseling. Talking to others who understand your concerns, who offer an objective viewpoint, can give you a chance to find support and new solutions.
Personal Counseling offers a safe, confidential environment where people can share thoughts and feelings, explore concerns, gain awareness, and make appropriate changes.
Last year, hundreds of students were assisted through individual and group counseling programs at UMD Health Services. Professional services are offered that can help you deal with the real pressures of college life and the personal transitions you may be experiencing.
When should I seek counseling?
Often, students enter the counseling process by saying, "I don't know if I really need to be here, butů" Students say they hesitate to see a counselor because they don't know if their problem is serious enough. You should seek counseling if you are:
What can I expect?
Our staff members are professional counselors, psychologists, and supervised professionals-in-training. During the first appointment, you and your counselor will discuss concerns and formulate a plan for dealing with those issues. The counselor may ask for information to help him/her understand your needs. You can ask questions about the counseling process and make suggestions. You and your counselor may agree that "just talking about it" would be most beneficial or you may jointly decide to deal with your concerns in a more structured way. Relaxation training, skill building assignments, specific action plans, reading and keeping a journal, or a number of other techniques may be suggested.
What about confidentiality?
UMD Health Services is committed to ensuring that information resulting from counseling session is held in confidence. Any information exchanged during the counseling process is to be used exclusively for the benefit of the student. Counseling records are not kept in student academic files, and information is not released without the student's permission.
How do I reach a counselor?
Simply call (218) 726-7913 to schedule an appointment. Your first visit will last approximately 50 minutes. Your counselor will then help you make subsequent appointments.
How soon can I see a counselor?
Students generally can get into Counseling Services within one week. If you are in a crisis and need to see someone sooner, please identify yourself as someone "in crisis" when you call. In emergencies, we try to see someone as soon as possible.