Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling Services


Make an Appointment

Currently, we are offering in-person or private Zoom video appointments for routine requests.  Give us a call to set up a routine appointment via phone or the link below. 

Please note, if you or someone you care about is in crisis, you are able to walk into Eastman Hall and request to see a clinical staff person, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  We ask that you please wear a mask, per CDC guidelines, for medical facilities.

Telephone: 320-308-3171

Eastman Hall 305

Monday through Friday  8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For after hours crises, call the crisis line at 320-253-5555 or 800-635-8008.

What is Counseling?

Counseling is a cooperative process between you and a counselor to explore and resolve your personal concerns. Counselors may vary in their specific approaches, but there are many similarities, including building trusting and nonjudgmental relationships, maintaining your privacy, and helping you seek ways to resolve your struggles. 

Counseling can help you cope more effectively with a variety of concerns, including adjustment to college, family and relationship concerns, academic and career questions, depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. 

Please see below for information about individual counseling, career counseling, crisis counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, assessment and testing, and referral services. For additional information about counseling in our center, here are some frequently asked questions.

Sometimes clinical issues are better addressed through a community referral.  When appropriate, providers use clinical judgement, will explain the reasons for an external referral and will manage your care until you get connected to a community provider.


Individual Counseling

The most common form of counseling is individual, where you meet with a professional counselor for about 45-50 minutes. During the initial meeting, the counselor will ask questions about your concerns to gain a better understanding of you and your issues. If you and the counselor agree that additional sessions would be helpful, you can continue to meet to explore concerns, feelings, and options more in depth, and develop and improve coping skills. 


Crisis Counseling

Crisis counselors are available during normal office hours to meet with students who are in urgent need. Please see resources for after hours crises and emergencies. We occasionally have faculty, staff or friends walk students about whom they are concerned to our center. We make every effort to accommodate the urgent needs of students whether they come in on their own or with a concerned person. 

Group Counseling

In group counseling, students have the opportunity to discuss topics and issues that concern them in a confidential, small group setting with the assistance of a professional counselor. At different times throughout the academic year, groups may be initiated either around general concerns or various themes or issues. For more information, or to check out our current list, please see groups.

Couples Counseling

Students in relationships may seek counseling together to help them explore relationship direction and resolve conflicts, improve openness and communication, and help partners manage personal concerns that impact the relationship.  

Assessment and Testing

Assessment instruments and Psychological Evaluation are sometimes recommended to further clarify your mental health needs, aid in self-understanding and to help define personal goals.  At CAPS, we do not provide psychological testing and evaluation.  If this is recommended, we will assist with making a referral to the community.


Following initial assessment or during the course of counseling, counselors may refer a student to seek additional or alternative services on campus or in the community. Referrals are made in order to best meet the specific needs of individuals. Please check our list of referral resources in the community.


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