The Counseling Center is proud to offer care that is flexible, culturally responsive,
solution-focused, and tailored to every student’s unique needs. This Fall semester,
the Center will be more available to students than ever before! Students will have
access to same-day appointments so that they can speak with a therapist the very day
they seek help. Students will also be able to receive support in an expanded variety
of ways, including workshops, groups, and peer support. For more information visit our Services page or check out our introductory video below:
TUCC Responds to Violence in Washington D.C.
The violence that occurred in our nation's Capitol on Jan 6th, 2021 was deeply disturbing,
scary, and traumatic. In addition to the terror of seeing threats to our democracy,
we recognize the inherent racism in the differential responses of law enforcement
and government officials to the perpetrators of this violence compared to the treatment
of peaceful protestors in the Black Lives Matter movement. If you find yourself feeling
difficult emotions in response to this traumatic event, know that you are not alone.
We encourage you to tend to your own well-being as you process this event. Talking
to a friend, family member or a trusted other may help to process your thoughts and
concerns. Also, remember that the Counseling Center is always here to help. Call us
at 410-704-2512 to speak with a counselor anytime.
The Counseling Center Staff
What’s New at TUCC
ParTy Boi: Black Diamonds in Ice Castles – March 3, 2021
Join the ATOD Prevention Center, Counseling Center, Center for Student Diversity,
and Diverse Minds Peer Education group on March 3rd at 7pm for a virtual screening of the documentary ParTy Boi: Black Diamonds in Ice
Castles. ParTy Boi is an award winning, world-renowned documentary that journeys into
the world of crystal meth addiction within Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ communities. Following
the film screening, we will be hosting a Q&A with the film’s Creator and Director,
Michael Rice, Musician/Social Media Personality, DDm, and Dr. Michael Marquez of Bmore
Visit Involved @ TU for more details or contact Jaclyn Webber.
Out of the Darkness Walk 2021
Join us for the 6th annual Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention at TU!
This year, TU is a part of the virtual Maryland campus walk taking place on April
24th and 25th. Be sure to follow the Towson University Team. Once registered, you can begin raising money with friends, families, and colleagues!
If you raise over $100, you will be mailed an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk t-shirt.
Body Talk with Rachel!
Body Talk with Rachel includes discussions with many wonderful members of the Towson
University community (as well as some outside guests too!) on body image concerns
that affect different groups, including women of color, men, members of the LGBTQIA+
community, student athletes, and many more. The video series is posted on our Instagram page as well as on our YouTube page where closed captioning is included. Videos will be posted every Thursday!
Get Your Group On!
Groups are accessible, wide-ranging, and some don't require an appointment. Check
out all the group offerings on our Group Counseling page.
Follow Us On Our Socials
For regular self-help resource posts, find us at the following social media platforms:
Counseling Center Reaffirmation of Solidarity and Support for Black Members of our
The Counseling Center grieves with the rest of the Towson University community regarding
the racially motivated violence that has continued to occur across our country. These
tragedies, along with voter suppression and racial terrorism, reflect a longstanding
and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice that we condemn and are
dedicated to addressing. We also recognize that these tragedies may be especially
injurious to members of our Black and African American community. The debilitating
psychological effects of centuries of racial oppression cannot be underestimated.
Furthermore, these ongoing tragedies only compound the stress of dealing with the
COVID-19 pandemic and its particularly traumatic impact on communities of color. We
are here to support our Towson family whose members may be coping with feelings of
grief, rage, fear, helplessness, depression, sadness, and guilt. We encourage you
to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping
and healing. We see you and we are here for you.
With love, solidarity, and support,
The Counseling Center Staff
#StandingTogether Affinity Video Mini-Series
Videos for Black-identified students:
This mini-video series was created to serve as a resource for Black-identified students
to provide support and acknowledge our commitment to addressing systemic racism directly.
Throughout the three videos, students will learn about racism and its impact on the
mental health of Black Americans, discover coping strategies and ways to take care
of themselves, and explore ways that they can engage in activism and advocacy as we
all fight for an anti-racist America.
#1: Racism/Racial Trauma within Black Communities (with closed captioning included)
#2: Coping with Racial Trauma (with closed captioning included)
#3: Activism & Facing Racial Trauma in Black Communities (with closed captioning included)
Videos for non-Black students of color:
Watch this 3-part mini video series created for non-Black students of color about
impact of race-based stressors on your mental health, learn ways to cope from racial
trauma, and get tips on engaging in meaningful allyship.
#1: Race-Based Trauma & Mental Health (with closed captioning included)
#2: Coping in the Face of Racism (with closed captioning included)
#3: Allyship to the Black Community (with closed captioning included)
Videos for White students:
This is a 3-part mini video series that attempts to start a conversation about racial
identity and racism for White students. It also seeks to help White students understand
what to do as they start to act in an anti-racist fashion.
#1: White Racial Identity and Defining Racism (with closed captioning included)
#2: What is Colorblind Racism? (with closed captioning included)
#3: Examining Intentions When Moving to Anti-Racist Action (with closed captioning included)
Support During COVID-19
We are aware of the potential impact that the coronavirus pandemic has on many in
our community at Towson University. Please consider reaching out to the Counseling
Center if you are experiencing anxiety, feelings of hopelessness or unhealthy coping
For resources related to coping during the COVID-19 pandemic, please check our Mental Health & Wellness Resources for COVID-19 page.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every single one of us, the Counseling Center
wants to acknowledge the disproportionate toll it is taking on communities of color.
The crisis has highlighted and aggravated the longstanding and stark inequities in
access to healthcare and other resources. As communities of color cope with the economic
fallout of the pandemic, they are also grappling with heightened concerns about racialized
violence and higher rates of infection and death from the coronavirus. Furthermore,
the Counseling Center acknowledges that individuals with multiple intersecting identities,
such as being LGBTQIA+ and being part of a community of color, are also experiencing
disparities. We have pulled together resources for communities of color and resources for BIPOC LGBTQIA+ that we hope might offer some additional support to our students of color as they
navigate the enormous challenges of a pandemic in a world already characterized by
severe racial injustices.
If you are unsure if you or a friend needs help, please watch Emotion 101, a video created by the Half of Us campaign to encourage students to get help and remind them that it is okay to seek help.
The Counseling Center also seeks to improve the quality of life on campus as a whole.
Recognizing that the university community includes people with a wide range of concerns
and needs, we provide programs and presentations by request, and offer a full calendar of events during the academic year.
Counseling Center Diversity Statement
The staff members of the Towson University Counseling Center strive to affirm, promote
and celebrate diversity. We are committed to be aware of and understand diversity
in its broadest sense.
The staff at the Counseling Center values the importance of diversity for all individuals.
People from every background are affected by issues of culture. Multicultural competence is therefore an essential
component of our work with every client.
We all benefit from an understanding of how power, privilege, cultural identities
(e.g. gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality,
social class, and many others) and individual differences affect our daily experiences.
We recognize that students come to the center at various levels of comfort with these
identities and therefore, make it a priority to meet students where they are. All
of our lives are enhanced by a better understanding of the diverse world in which