Students

The Counseling Center offers currently enrolled students several different kinds of help, starting with a private and confidential initial meeting with a counselor.

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An individual session can be with any of our staff psychologists

 

New Policy:

Due to the high demand on our services, beginning August 1, 2016, students who miss appointments will be charged $20. See the "Your Responsibility" section further down the page for more information.

Mental Health Screening:

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional - they are a checkup from your neck up. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.

Types of Services

Brief Individual and Couples Counseling

Brief individual counseling can help you to increase your self-understanding, resolve problems, feel better, and learn new skills. Brief couples counseling can provide a safe atmosphere for you and a partner to examine and improve your relationship.

Career Counseling

Choosing a career that reflects your interests, values, and talents is an important goal for most college students, and is a part of personal counseling. We are able to assist you with career exploration in addition to suggesting that you visit the Career Center, the primary office on campus for your career development.

Psychiatric Services

Psychiatry consultants are available in case you might need psychiatric evaluation and medication in addition to personal counseling.

Group Counseling

Counseling groups are particularly helpful for many concerns and goals, giving members an opportunity to share experiences, solve problems and practice new skills. You might be ready to join one of our counseling groups right away as your first ongoing service, or you might consider group counseling after having had a few individual counseling sessions.

Substance Education Treatment & Prevention Services

Specialized services are available if you are troubled either by your own or someone else’s abuse of alcohol or drugs. Various individual and group counseling programs are offered, including a court-approved program for those who have received a DUI citation.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness Services in the Counseling Center's Meditation Room are open to all TU students as well as Counseling Center clients. Students are invited to attend guided meditations led by Counseling Center clinicians or to book individual/small group time in the room and select their own meditations from our library.

 

Making an Appointment

Scheduling your first appointment

Stop by or call the Counseling Center at 410-704-2512, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to arrange your first appointment with a counselor. Initial appointments are often available very quickly. Immediate emergency appointments are available for those who are at risk or in a great deal of distress.

Your Responsibility

Because our resources are limited, it is important for you to keep the appointments you schedule. If you cannot keep an appointment, notify the Counseling Center 12 hours in advance to help us use our time well, and to assure your continued eligibility for our services.

Due to the high deman on our services, beginning August 1, 2016, students who miss appointments will be charged $20. When students no show or do not give sufficient notice for a cancellation, this impacts our ability to help other students. You must give at least twelve hours' notice of the need to cancel or reschedule, or your Bursars account will be billed.

Questions about this policy may be directed to your therapist or the .

Confidentiality

Counseling often deals with very personal and sensitive issues. Successful outcome depends on having a safe place to express your feelings, attitudes and thoughts with a counselor who respects you and your privacy. Counseling sessions are confidential, and any limits to confidentiality are carefully explained. Information may only be released with your written permission or as may be required by law. The importance of confidentiality is reflected in the Counseling Center’s adherence to the Code of Ethics of the American Psychological Association.

Initial assessment of needs and goals

In your first visit, your counselor will help you address immediate problems and will collaborate with you to determine what further sources of help will be the most useful, whether they are available at the Counseling Center or elsewhere.

 

Determining which services match your needs

Finding a Therapist Off Campus

 One of the Counseling Center’s primary functions is to provide brief counseling for issues that have arisen recently or that are likely to resolve quickly. If you are facing particularly complex difficulties, or you have needed mental health support in the past, the Counseling Center is likely to recommend a community provider – someone who can help you on a more on-going or frequent basis. If you are unsure what is best for you, Counseling Center staff can assist you in determining what kind of help is appropriate for your needs.

If you suspect that longer-term counseling would be helpful to you, or if you would be more comfortable accessing counseling services on your own, the Counseling Center webpage offers a Community Provider Database that can help you to arrange for outside help.

There are numerous ways to locate a therapist on your own, though the easiest way is likely via the internet.  The following links and suggestions may be helpful to you in your search for treatment.*

TU Counseling Center Community Provider Database

Psychology Today

Good Therapy

* NOTE:  The above listings are not exhaustive, and our listing of these links does not constitute our endorsement of the links, nor of the clinicians that are listed there.

Other ways to find a therapist include obtaining a list of providers from your insurance company, asking your primary care physician if there is anyone they recommend, or asking friends or acquaintances about therapists they have enjoyed working with. 

Mental Health Providers:

Below are some brief descriptions of the services that the different types of providers can deliver.

Psychotherapy/Counseling:

Social Workers (LCSW-C) and Licensed Professional Counselors (LCPC): therapists who have Master’s degrees and provide counseling and a variety of other services.

Psychologist (PhD, PsyD): therapists who have doctoral degrees and can provide a variety of services including assessment, testing and psychotherapy.

Medication:

Psychiatrist (MD): medical doctors that can provide psychiatric evaluations and prescribe medication, some also provide psychotherapy.

Nurse Practitioner (NP, CRNP, MHNP): nurses who have completed a master’s degree and their services can include prescribing medicine and counseling.

Choosing a Mental Health Provider

Perhaps the most important factor in addressing your mental health needs is finding a provider with whom you can build a trusting and collaborative relationship.  Other important things to consider in your search include: 

What type of services will best fit your needs?  Individual, couples, or family counseling? Perhaps some group therapy?  Are you interested in medication of psychological testing?  Make sure when doing a provider search that they provide the service(s) you want.

What are the presenting issues?  Do you need someone with specific expertise in a particular area (e.g., OCD, trauma, eating disorders, or LGBT-affirmative therapy), or can you meet with a generalist? 

Gender, cultural/ethnic identity, age of the therapist – are any of these factors important to you when you think about who could best provide you with assistance?

Proximity to campus – if are you able to drive, you can broaden your search and will have more options?  If not, search within walking distance of campus.

Remember, having a therapist you trust, feel connected with, and who understands you well are the most important factors in finding a good therapist for you. 

Using Your Health Insurance

The majority of students that seek counseling or therapy services choose to utilize providers who are connected with their insurance company.  You may find such a therapist by contacting your health insurance company either by phone or through their website – either route can help you locate a list of professionals that work with your particular plan.

Student Insurance Plans (Aetna):  The TU Student Health Plan therapist locater is called “Doc find.” When accessing your health insurance company’s database, have your insurance card with you in order to provide information on your specific plan. Therapists and Psychiatrists are usually listed under Behavioral Health or Mental Health. If you need to find a therapist within walking distance of Towson University, use one of the following zip codes: 21252, 21204, and 21212.

Other Insurance Plans: As detailed above, you can obtain a list of providers from your insurance company.  Further, you can find providers who take your plan, along with some additional information about them by consulting a website like Psychologytoday.com or goodtherapy.com.  With both you are able to search by insurance company and other important criteria.

Out-of-network providers:  Therapists who are not on the panel of your insurance company may still be able to submit information for reimbursement by your insurance company. If a non-participating provider was recommended to you, also called an “out-of-plan provider,” you should feel free to ask that therapist and your insurance company about the level of coverage.

If Finances are a Concern

When considering making an appointment with an off campus provider, many students are concerned about finances, particularly if they do not have insurance or feel uncomfortable letting parents know. Please know that financial limitations do not need to be a barrier to receiving mental health treatment.

If you find a provider in the community who interests you, consider contacting them to ask if they offer “sliding scale services” or a “reduced fee”. Be honest with the provider about what you can afford.

Low cost providers can also be helpful to consider.  These are individual/group practices that offer low cost or sliding scale services ($5-20). Some services may involve no cost. Check out the below no or low cost options.

Loyola Clinical Centers 410-617-1200

Pastoral Counseling Services 410-433-8861

Pro Bono Counseling Project 410-825-1001

Women’s Growth Center 410-532-2476