Counseling Center

If students need a place to get some support after hearing the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, the Counseling Center is offering a drop-in virtual space from 5 - 6 pm tonight, April 20th.

Join the drop-in virtual space

The Counseling Center is offering a full array of services for the spring 2021 term, including after-hours assistance. To protect the health and safety of students and staff, services will continue to be offered remotely.

To reach us, please call 410-704-2512. You can schedule an appointment or get more information during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm). Immediate crisis support is available by phone at all times outside of business hours.

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:

 

Statement of Support to Asian/Asian American Communities

There has been an alarming increase recently in the number of assaults and hate crimes against the Asian American communities. The rise of anti-Asian racism reminds us of the ongoing history of race-based discrimination that serves to distract and divide our communities.  TUCC’s commitment to anti-racism in all its forms – racism against Asian, Black, LatinX, Native American, and other communities – demands that we stand up and speak out.  We strongly condemn this violence. We stand in solidarity with all members of our community who experience marginalization and threat based on any aspect of their identity. 
We at the Counseling Center are committed to providing support for all students who are struggling during this difficult and frightening time.

Coping with Anti-Asian Racism:

Advocacy for Anti-Asian Racism:

What’s New at TUCC

Black Masculinity (Re)Imagined Workshop

Join us Tuesday, April 20th, from 6 - 8pm for “You Good Fam?”: Mental Health Peer Support Skills for Black Men & Masculine Individuals", an interactive workshop facilitated by Cydney Brown and Leroy Mitchell from BEAM (Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective). This workshop will address the intersection of male socialization and mental health in Black community and participants will learn skills to support their mental health and others in their own community. The workshop is free and open to public. It is a Black-centered space though BIPOC folx and allies are welcome. Space is limited, RSVP now to reserve your space! 

2021-23 TUCC Graduate Assistant Positions Open

We are now accepting applications for three 20 hour a week Graduate Assistants to help run outreach programming as well as our media and tech. Visit our Peer Education Programs page for more information!

Be Kind To You Mind Week

Healthy Minds Peer Educators invite you to their annual Be Kind to Your Mind Week taking place April 18th - April 24th.  The events of this week will lead up to the virtual Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, April 24th. To find out more details and get involved with our events check out our Instagram

Special Edition: Yappy Hour ‘Body Pawsitivity

The ATOD Prevention Center and Body Image Peer Educators are co-hosting a special edition Yappy Hour ‘Body Pawsitivity’ this upcoming Wednesday, April 21st from 4-5pm. Come bring your pet friend (or just your appreciation for pet friends) and join us for some furry friend connection and fun conversation about the differences and similarities between animal and human body positivity.  Register now for this Zoom event! 

The White Lie with Ashton Winslow, MA

Tune in every Tuesday for The White Lie with Ashton! This video series will examine many of the subtle and explicit ways that Whiteness influences our lived experiences. This series will cover topics of Whiteness such as White privilege, White superiority, and includes conversations with members of the Towson University community. The video series will be posted on our Instagram as well as on our Youtube page where you can also find closed captions! 

Daily Connecting During COVID "CDC" Groups

Are you feeling lonely?  Want to connect with others?  Desire to learn ways to manage your feelings?  Join the daily  CDC Support Group, which is open to ALL current students. For more information, visit our Workshops & Programs page.

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.  

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 Community

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

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.

In Solidarity, 
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 behaviors.

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. 

 

Services

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 we live.