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Counseling Center

The Counseling Center strives to provide high quality mental health services for the University of Mount Saint Vincent student body. Through individual counseling and crisis intervention, as well as workshops, support groups, and referrals to community providers, our clinicians are dedicated to helping our students work towards emotional growth, healing and awareness.

Common Concerns

There is not just one reason students seek support from the Counseling Center. We help students navigate issues big and small. Whatever you are struggling with, we’re here to help.

Some of the common concerns of our students:

  • Stress or pressure
  • Sadness or depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger or irritability
  • Adjustment or homesickness
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep or appetite changes
  • Suicidal thoughts or self harm
  • Body image or self esteem
  • Trauma
  • Grief or loss
  • Substance use or abuse
  • Identity discovery

Services We Provide

The Counseling Center provides a variety of free services, which are confidential and available to all registered students.

  • Individual Counseling—students interested in individual sessions typically meet with their counselor on a weekly basis for a period of six weeks (on average). During this time, students can expect that their counselor will conduct an intake assessment, create goals, and begin to address their concerns. In the event that the student needs more than six sessions to achieve their goals, the Counseling Center is generally able to accommodate. Students who do not want to come on a regular basis are also welcome to drop in as needed for support.
  • Crisis Intervention—students who express suicidal thoughts or intention to perform self-harm should be evaluated by the Counseling Center. Clinicians will determine the student’s safety and work with Student Affairs staff to create a plan of action if needed.
  • Support Groups—the Counseling Center offers a Grief Group, a weekly, drop-in support group for students who have experienced a significant loss. If you are interested in attending the group, please email
  • Workshops—past programming includes: Test Anxiety Workshops, collaboration with student clubs, and programming on the topics of healthy relationships, communications, and family pressure.
  • Referrals—sometimes, a student may benefit from specialized services, including a full evaluation by a psychiatrist, possibly for the purpose of adding medication to the treatment plan. Our clinicians will make this recommendation after a thoughtful assessment and help make a referral to a local provider.

If you would like more information on any of the services described above, please email

A Note on Confidentiality

Counseling is a process that helps individuals explore personal issues through discussion with trained professionals. The services of the Counseling Center are confidential and private. Neither the identity of the students using the service nor any disclosures made by students are shared without written consent, except in circumstances involving clear and imminent danger to the student or others.


Founders Hall 231

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
9 AM to 4:30 PM

Please note: We are sometimes able to offer later hours, depending on staffing. When you request an appointment, please indicate that you prefer later hours.