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Counseling Services

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Connection ~ Resilience ~ Strength ~ Growth

Moving through the seasons of change

Get support for whatever is on your mind.

Free, Caring and Confidential Counseling

Feelings such as anxiety, anger, depression, low self-esteem, or tension are a normal part of being human and can affect anyone. Sometimes these feelings are temporary and can be eased by rest, relaxation, exercise, good nutrition and the support of trusted friends. At other times, stressors, relationships or past family experiences cannot be managed so easily and become overwhelming. If this happens, and you find it hard to function, you may want to seek professional help.

Personal counseling provides a safe environment where people can share their thoughts and feelings, explore concerns, gain new awareness, and make helpful changes. Every year, hundreds of students are assisted through individual and group counseling 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.

Counseling at UMD Health Services is free of charge for all registered UMD students.

To Make an appointment for Counseling

call: 218-726-7913

Drop-In Consultations

"Let's Talk" is a program through the Health Services Counseling Center. Counselors will be available on campus for brief drop-in consultations.

After hours and emergency facilities for mental health care

If you are in need of mental health support when Health Services is closed, or in case of emergency, please contact The Birch Tree Center's Crisis line at 218-623-1800 or go to the emergency room/urgent care at either St. Luke's Hospital or St. Mary's Hospital. If an ambulance is needed, call 911. If the emergency is non-life-threatening and you do not have a means of transportation, call Campus Police at 218-726-7000. 

Another option for crisis counseling is The Steve Fund Crisis Text Line. The Steve Fund is a resource developed to provide students of color with mental health support.  Text STEVE to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will respond. More information is available here.


We are committed to ensuring that information resulting from counseling sessions is held in strict confidence. Any information exchanged during the counseling process is used exclusively for the benefit of the student. Counseling records are not kept in student academic files and information is not released to anyone without the student's written permission.