All services from the counseling center are free and confidential to SRU students.

Counseling sessions are typically limited to 5. This session limit will help to serve a higher number of students and at the same time avert a wait list scenario. Sessions are defined as individual counseling sessions and will not include initial assessments, psychiatrist appointments, TAO sessions, consultations, emergency appointments and group counseling sessions. 

The SCC strives to facilitate the total development of students by reducing psychological problems and distress and by enhancing mental health, well-being, quality of life, and supporting aspirations for optimal functioning. Our primary focus is on providing brief, confidential counseling aimed at helping students to succeed academically and interpersonally. Services offered include: professional assessment, consultation, crisis support/intervention and referral services. When students require mental health services that are beyond the role and scope of the SCC, we will make appropriate referrals to campus and community resources.

All students seeking services can call or walk in. Additional appointments may be needed to determine the appropriateness of SCC services. The decision about whether or not the needs of the student fall within the role and scope of the SCC will be made either in the initial appointment or after consultation with SCC faculty. See Scope of Practice for more information for determining which students may not be appropriate for SCC services. The following are a list of services and reasons a student may contemplate seeking our services.

Individual counseling

  • Assessment
  • Alcohol & other drug education, prevention, assessment and referral
  • Crisis intervention and emergency services
  • Referral services
  • Educational and outreach activities
  • Consultation services

Group Counseling

Students must call the counseling center to register for group before attending

Mindful Mondays (Mondays 4:30-6pm)

Come in to the counseling center to find your Zen! Practice mindfulness to increase your ability to live your life fully with more acceptance and less judgment. In this group, you will learn better ways to deal with stress, anxiety, and depression and maintain healthy relationships. Sharing and providing support to one another will be encouraged.

Interpersonal Group (Tuesdays 3:30-5pm OR Thursdays 3:30-5pm)

This group is a safe space for students to work on relationships, conquer anxiety, receive support, and process feelings through lived experiences with other students.

Creativity Group (Tuesdays 4-5:30pm)

Express yourself through music and art to enhance health and wellbeing. This group is a safe and non-judgmental space to get in touch with your creative side. 

Sanctuary Group (Wednesdays 3-4:30pm)

This is a confidential space for members to explore marginalized identities and LGBTQIA issues. Each week group members join in a discussion that promotes wellness, is non-judgmental and is accepting of differences!

Grief/Loss Group (Fridays 2-3:30pm)

This is a supportive counseling group for students who have experienced the death or loss of a loved one. This group will educate students on the grieving process and allow them to share their thoughts and feelings in a safe and nurturing environment.

Issues addressed may include but are not limited to

  • Adjustment
  • Relationship concerns (romantic, roommate, family and friends)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Communication skills
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans concerns
  • Academic or learning difficulties
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Test anxiety
  • Eating disorder
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Abuse issues
  • Victimization
  • Alcohol and Other Drug assessment and intervention

Other Reasons You Might Want to See a Counselor

  • Frequently missed classes.
  • Eating disturbances: appetite loss or compulsive eating.
  • Sleep disturbances: insomnia or excessive sleeping.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Unexplained tearfulness or emotional outbursts.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Restlessness or irritability.
  • Significant behavior changes.
  • Change in academic performance.
  • Alcohol and/or drug abuse.
  • Confusion or thinking disturbance.
  • Thoughts of suicide: comments and threats of suicide should always be taken seriously.

Most individuals request counseling on their own initiative. Some individuals need encouragement from friends, residence hall staff, professors, academic advisers, administrators, or parents.

Insurance Information if you are referred to an Outside Facility is available here.