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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 ainclude: 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 will receive an opportunity for a triage appointment in order to determine whether the student’s needs fall within the role and scope of the SCC services.  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 by the triage counselor or after consultation with SCC faculty.  To assist in promoting high quality clinical decisions and dispositions, the following considerations are proposed for determining which students may not be appropriate for SCC services.  The professional judgment of mental health providers will govern the determination in a particular case.

Services are free to SRU Students.

Individual and/or group counseling

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

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 advisors, administrators, or parents.

Insurance Information if you are Refered to an Outside Facility

student counseling center insurance packet.pdf