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** Important Notice** Student Counseling Services continues to require masks for all students, staff, and faculty who are in-person in any of our office spaces. Please wear a mask when enter any Student Counseling Services Space unless it is otherwise noted. 

If you are in crisis and unable to wait for the next available scheduled appointment at SCS, urgent/crisis counseling is available at Boynton Health’s Urgent Mental Health Care Clinic during clinic hours. It is located on the 4th floor of Boynton at 410 Church St. SE.

We are offering many quick access services and we encourage most Twin Cities students to start with these services: Let’s Talk, Learn to Live, SCS Groups and Workshops, Academic Coaching and Workshops, [email protected].  Please note these resources are not for crisis support or urgent needs.

If you are interested in starting individual counseling services at SCS please complete our intake forms and will be in contact with you to schedule a brief consultation. Please note that our counselors are only able to provide counseling services to clients within the state of Minnesota. Students who are not in the state of Minnesota are still eligible to use the Let’s Talk program and the Learn to Live Online Therapy and can contact the OSA care program for help finding resources in your local community.

At this time, students can anticipate, on average, up to a 1-2 week wait for brief consultations. Intake forms are only accessible Monday-Friday from 7am-5pm. To be eligible for services, a student must be currently-enrolled and degree-seeking on the UMN-Twin Cities Campus.

Student Counseling Services is unable to provide a letter of support and/or documentation on a student’s mental health without a history of services at SCS. Students should not pursue the use of counseling services at SCS for the sole purpose of obtaining a letter. Students are encouraged to obtain letters of support from individuals involved with the student during the specified time period of distress, such as psychological providers, medical doctors, or other professionals.

All of our brief consultations are being held through Telehealth for Fall 2022. During your brief consultation, a counselor will meet with you over Zoom to help identify which SCS services, other on-campus services, or off-campus services might be right for you. You can discuss your preferences for in-person, virtual, or hybrid services at that time. Due to the current pandemic situation, at this time, on-going appointments are most likely to be scheduled through telehealth/zoom.

Students who need private space to meet with their counselor are encouraged to email us at [email protected] to look at reserving a private space in Appleby Hall. Students may also find spaces on campus by using the Study Space Finder

If you need immediate support, please access our Crisis Resources.

Want to know more about what to expect regarding virtual and in person services? 

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