Who We See
All full time, degree seeking students at the University of St. Thomas are eligible for services at the Counseling and Psychological Services. Our primary mission is to serve undergraduate students and full-time day graduate students, as they are least likely to carry their own insurance and may have limited financial resources. We will see anyone in the UST community for one session to provide information, consultation, and/or referral.
Occasionally students come to personal counseling asking for intervention on their behalf as a result of academic or disciplinary difficulties. Although Counseling and Psychological Services staff will try and help students deal with such a situation and prevent future occurrences, as a general policy Counseling and Psychological Services does not intervene in administrative decisions regarding individual students.
Students, faculty and staff can make an appointment by doing one of the following:
- On the St. Paul Campus, come to Counseling and Psychological Services, Room 356, Murray Herrick Student Center. Or call us at (651) 962-6780.
- On the Minneapolis Campus, come to CAPS Minneapolis, Suite 201-F, Terrence Murphy Hall. Or call (651) 962-6780.
Appointments typically last 50 minutes and cannot be made via E-mail.
For your first appointment, you will be asked to come a few minutes early to complete the following paperwork or download the forms here and bring to your appointment:
- General Information Intake Form Page 1
- General Information Intake Form Page 2
- Rights & Responsibility Form Page 3
Bring the completed paperwork to your first session.
If faculty/staff would be interested in consulting regarding a student, they can also make an appointment.
You can work with a counselor to explore your concerns and work towards a better understanding and resolution of your difficulties. The first session is an intake (an exploration/assessment session). The total number of sessions will vary depending on the issue(s) you bring to counseling. At times, your counselor may recommend psychological testing such as the MMPI. For more information on what to expect in counseling, refer to Client's Rights and Responsibilities.
One of the best ways to learn about yourself and how you interact with others is by being in a group. Groups typically have 6-8 students and are facilitated by two counselors. For more information and a list of current groups, refer to the Group Counseling page.
If you or a friend need immediate help, please call Counseling and Psychological Services at 651-962-6780. For more information on after hours help, please read the Crisis/Emergency page.
Occasionally students come to Counseling and Psychological Services asking for intervention on their behalf as a result of academic or disciplinary difficulties. Although Counseling and Psychological Services staff will try and help students deal with such a situation and prevent future occurrences, as a general policy Counseling and Psychological Services does not intervene in administrative decisions regarding individual students.
If you are concerned about your drinking behavior, Counseling and Psychological Services staff can help you assess whether it is a problem and what steps you can take to change it. For specific information, visit the Alcohol Assessment page.
If you have concerns about a friend, want to do team building with your organization or are wondering how to deal with a troubled student, Counseling and Psychological Services staff can help you find a solution.
Counseling and Psychological Services staff provide development and training, individual consultation, and organizational development services to students, faculty, staff and the greater UST community. Examples of consultation topics include stress management, crisis debriefing, substance abuse, communication skills, team building, dealing with challenging people, helping friends/faculty/staff confront others with inappropriate behavior, etc.
If you have a consultation request on either the St. Paul or Minneapolis campus, call (651) 962-6780. You may also contact us via E-mail. Typically, we need 2-3 weeks to respond to a request.
Counseling and Psychological Services can help you find options for mental health services in the metropolitan area if your concerns cannot be resolved in the short term model we use or if you are ineligible for services. We will help you find someone who will be covered by your insurance or who has a sliding fee scale based on your income.
Referral information is available to all students, faculty and staff. Counseling and Psychological Services can help you find options for mental health services in the metropolitan area. Typical referrals might include couple or family therapy, psychiatric consultations, or referrals for family or friends of the UST community. We will ask you for information about your medical insurance to help find a referral that will be covered by insurance.
UST staff are also encouraged to use the referral service of ComPsych Guidance Resources, a free, confidential service available 24 hours a day at 1-877-327-4753 or www.GuidanceResources.com (Company ID: ZB3042Q).
St. Paul Location
Mail Box: Mail #4040
Hours: M-F: 8:00am - 4:30 pm
Terrence Murphy Hall, Suite 201 F
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
(2nd Floor of TMH in the suite with Financial Aid
Hours: M-F: 8:00am - 4:30 pm