Student Counseling Services (SCS) offers individual and group counseling as well as workshops to help students find better ways to cope with and resolve the problems of everyday life. Although we do not provide academic advising or admissions counseling, we do assist students with academic skill development as well as career exploration, in addition to the psychological services we provide.
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Services offered by staff are free of charge to students and provide opportunities to increase self-knowledge and develop greater self-awareness, self-understanding, independence, and self-direction in many areas including:
- Interpersonal relationships
- Stress and time management
- Social/sexual difficulties
- Grief and loss
- Emotional issues
- Eating concerns
- Academic concerns
- Conflict resolution
Services are available weekdays and occasional evening hours, on the Saint Paul campus. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call to cancel with at least 24-hours notice when possible, so that the time can be used for another student.
The amount of time spent in counseling varies from person to person and according to the nature of problems presented. Appointments are typically 50 minutes long. Some students may be seen for one session, while others continue for several weeks. Appointments are most often scheduled once a week.
Group Therapy, Discussion Groups, and Workshops
We offer groups and workshops based on expressed need by Metro State students. Past groups have included: men's and co-ed relationship counseling groups; divorce support group; and sexual assault survivor support group. Workshops that we have provided have included: academic success skills, interpersonal effectiveness skills, and stress management.
We also support the academic goals of the university through consultation with faculty, staff and campus organizations.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Information shared with counselors is confidential and used explicitly to assess the problem and to determine appropriate goals and services. We understand that many people seek out counseling because they want a private space in which to talk about things that are troubling them.
Information obtained in counseling cannot be released without the written consent of the student, except in instances mandated by Minnesota law, which requires breaking confidentiality in specific, immediate and life-threatening situations. Your counselor will discuss with you in the first meeting our policies and procedures, and you are welcome to ask any questions that you might have.
All SCS information is available in alternative formats for people with disabilities, please call Disability Services at 651-793-1540; TTY 651-772-7687.