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All student support services are being provided remotely until further notice. As a result, information on this page may not be correct. Refer to the remote student services listing for current information on service availability.​

​​​​​​​Counseling/Mental Health Services

REMOTE SERVICES
To set up an appointment with Counseling, Career Services or Community Connections, please fill out the Self-Referral Form. CURRENTLY, all services are remote, not in-person. We will be able to work with students via phone, email or Zoom video chat. Our hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm. Other arrangement on time can be made. We look forward to continuing to connect with you and provide support during this transitional time.

Counseling Services at Saint Paul College provides free and confidential personal counseling and consultation to promote personal development an​​d well-being. We assist students in defining and meeting personal, academic, and career objectives. We also can provide ongoing mental health therapy sessions that provide diagnostic assessments/mental health evaluations and ongoing therapy sessions.

Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Counselors may vary in their specific approaches, but there are many similarities, including building trusting and nonjudgmental relationships, maintaining your privacy, and helping you seek ways to resolve your struggles.

Counseling may be a new and scary experience for you, but there are many benefits that result from such an experience. These benefits may include improved communication, enhanced relationships, peace of mind, improved self-esteem, more satisfaction out of life, and personal growth.

When might you see a counselor?
  • Anxiety
  • Abuse
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Food Insecurity
  • Grief and Loss
  • Goal Setting
  • Health and Wellness
  • Housing
  • ​Interpersonal Skills
  • Pregnancy
  • Self-Esteem
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Test Anxiety
  • Time Management
  • Transition to College
  • Transportation
  • Other
Summer Workshops: Coping Throughout the Semester
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)​
  
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The Counseling Center is currently operating remotely via phone, email, and ZOOM.​


  

You can utilize the Self-Referral Form.

  

​There is no cost to any student for these services.

  

​Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am-5:30pm. If other hours are required, you can arrange this with your counselor.​

  

The Counselor will discuss the reasons that brought you into seek assistance from the counselor. They might ask you what concerns you are having or symptoms you are experiencing, how do you cope with your symptoms, and different questions related to how it affects your academic life on campus or other areas of your life as well. You will also discuss what confidentiality, consent, and what it means to give a release of information if you choose to.


  

​There are currently no session limits for Counseling at Saint Paul College.

  

​If your counselor refers you to an outside resource or agency for more assistance, your counselor will communicate with you why this resource would be beneficial for you and your current situation. It is possible that your insurance, co-pays, and deductibles may be necessary if outside community resources are utilized.

  

Confidentiality means your records about what you discuss with the counselor are private data and can only be disclosed to others outside of the college if:

  • You sign a release of information permitting counselor to disclose.
  • Needed to protect the health and/or safety of yourself or others.
  • Required to report abuse and/or neglect of minors or vulnerable adults.
  • Records are subject to a valid subpoena or court order
  • Otherwise required by law to be disclosed. ​

  

​The Counseling Center is NOT a 24/7 operating system. If you find yourself or someone else in immediate danger, please contact 911 or local crisis line. Here is a list of Crisis Assistance:

  • First Call for Help - United Way; 651.291.0211
  • Ramsey County Crisis Line; 651.266.7900
  • Hennepin County Crisis Line; 612.596.1223
  • Anoka County Crisis Line; 763.755.3801
  • Dakota County Crisis Line; 952.891.7171
  • Washington County Crisis Line; 651.275.7400
  • Crisis Nursery; 763.591.0100
  • National Eating Disorders Association Helpline; 1.800.931.2237
  • Mental Health Text Line; 741.741
  • Veterans Assistance; 1.888.546.5838​

  

Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual, and is prohibited at Saint Paul College – A Community & Technical College. The College is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Additional Information can be found on our Sexual Violence or Stalking page. Please utilize counseling services .

  

It is understandable that you are having concerns about your friend at this time. You can discuss your concerns with the counselor to come up with ideas to be supportive or helpful to your friend at this time. If your friend is a student at Saint Paul College, you can also refer the student by Self-Referral Form

  

​At times, school can feel like a difficult path. It is important to take care of our emotional and mental health in order to accomplish our educational goals at the same time. A counselor can help you process through the difficulties of your academic journey at this time, whether it is test anxiety, learning styles, studying strategies, or if there are bigger life concerns or traumas that may be preventing you from succeeding in classes during a particular semester. It is also recommended that you talk with your Pathway Advisor for Course and Academic planning.

  

Counselors are trained to explore career changes, life adjustments, and anything related to stress or anxiety. This also might be a great time to talk with our Career Services department as well. You can find information for Career Services here. Make sure to also connect with your Pathway Advisor for Course and Academic planning.

  

If your symptoms feel more intense and overwhelming than usual, we can still address them in our Counseling and Mental Health Department through a diagnostic assessment and ongoing therapy sessions. If your symptoms involve a crisis, please call 911 or your local crisis team.

Crisis Assistance Resources:

  • First Call for Help-United Way; 651.291.0211
  • Ramsey County Crisis Line; 651.266.7900
  • Hennepin County Crisis Line, 612.596.1223
  • Anoka County Crisis Line; 763.755.3801
  • Dakota County Crisis Line; 952.891.7171
  • Washington County Crisis Line; 651.275.7400
  • Crisis Nursery; 763.591.0100
  • National Eating Disorders Association Helpline; 1.800.931.2237
  • Mental Health Text Line; 741.741
  • Veterans Assistance; 1.888.546.583​
  

It is understandable to feel overwhelmed, anxious, scared, and any sorts of emotions during this situation right now. If you want to talk about this further, a counselor would be happy to address these concerns with you by filling out the Self-Referral Form. Also listed are some Resources that could be helpful to you at this time:

  

Here are some common resources individuals are looking for. Please utilize the Self-Referral Form if you are looking to talk through more of the challenges you are having at this time.


COVID-19 Coping Resources

Crisis Assistance

  • First Call for Help-United Way; 651.291.0211
  • Ramsey County Crisis Line; 651.266.7900
  • Hennepin County Crisis Line, 612.596.1223
  • Anoka County Crisis Line; 763.755.3801
  • Dakota County Crisis Line; 952.891.7171
  • Washington County Crisis Line; 651.275.7400
  • Crisis Nursery; 763.591.0100
  • National Eating Disorders Association Helpline; 1.800.931.2237
  • Mental Health Text Line; 741.741
  • Veterans Assistance; 1.888.546.583​

Local Hospitals

  • Regions Hospital - Emergency Room;  651.254.5000 (640 Jackson St. St. Paul, MN 55102)
  • Saint Joseph's Hospital - Emergency Room; 651.232.3348 (69 W. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102)
  • United Hospital – Emergency Room; 651.241.8755 (333 North Smith Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102)​

Law Enforcement Resources

  • St. Paul Police Department; 651.291.1111
  • St. Paul Sex Crimes Unit; 651.266.5685
  • Ramsey County Sheriff; 651.767.0640
  • Minneapolis Police Department; 612.673.3000
  • Hennepin County Sheriff; 612.348.3744​

Sexual Assault Advocacy and Resources

Other Campus Resources


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