St. Mary's College of Maryland
Pizza Campus from the Water


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Counseling Service Offered

  • Strength-based personal counseling
  • Relationship counseling
  • Campus community education
  • Psychiatric evaluation and stabilization
  • Consultations
  • Referrals

Personal counseling promotes self understanding and provides an opportunity to learn to make better decisions, improve one's relationships, and generally increase personal effectiveness. As college mental health providers, we focus on developmental issues and follow a positive strength based therapy model. Therapy can be brief or more long term depending on what is needed and appropriate to our scope of practice. Our treatment model makes the best use of the students' resources. It can bring about lasting change precisely because it aims to build solutions rather than solve problems.

Counseling sessions may be spaced out across the academic year or once week for as long as the support is needed. We work closely with students with more chronic, long-term or in-depth psychotherapy needs, we will also facilitate referrals to practitioners in the community when it is appropriate and/or upon request.

Relationship counseling is also offered. At least one partner must be a full time registered SMCM student. Similar to individual counseling, relationship counseling also follows our short-term approach. If the couple requires on-going or longer term treatment, we will facilitate referrals to practitioners in the community.

Stress management services include time management and study skills, basic relaxation techniques, biofeedback, helping to identify stressful patterns of thinking, guided imagery, and self-hypnosis.

Campus community education is offered for residence halls, student groups, and leadership training. Upon request, we can plan specific presentations of interest to particular organizations or individuals. We invite you to contact us at extension (240) 895-4289 for information and to discuss the needs of your group. We are also available as trainers for campus activities such as new-student orientation, leadership training, staff and faculty development programs, and as guest lecturers in the classroom.

Crisis intervention: During weekdays, call our office at 240-895-4289. In case of an EMERGENCY after hours, call your Resident Assistant, or call Public Safety at 240-895-4911. One of the counselors or the student affairs on-call person will be contacted for you. You can also call the Walden/Sierra 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 301-863-6661.

If you are sexually assaulted, go immediately to the Emergency Room and ask for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. You will not be required to press charges, even if a file is initiated and you are examined and treated. You can also access our student based confidential sexual assault First Responders at 301-904-2015

Psychiatric evaluation and stabilization is offered for full-time students in distress who may need a psychiatric evaluation. Psychiatric evaluations must be referred through one of the college therapists. The number of sessions with the psychiatrist is determined on a case by case basis.

Consultations and Referrals are available to students, families, faculty, and staff who may be concerned about a student, friend or loved one. See: For Faculty, Family, and Friends. Counseling Services staff are bound by limits of confidentiality when participating in consultations. We also have a list of local mental health referrals available in our office.

Aerial view of St. Mary's College of Maryland campus

St. Mary's College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001