Qualifying for Services
Services of the UM Student Counseling Center are available to currently enrolled full and-part-time students at the University of Maryland. Services are covered by tuition and student health fees, so there are no out-of-pocket expenses. You are required to present your student ID at each session.
Group counseling provides a safe, confidential place in which members can honestly share their thoughts, feelings, and reactions to other people as well as try out new ways to interact with people. Group members are encouraged to talk with each other, share their problems, and provide feedback and support to other members.
Brief Individual Counseling
We focus on helping you develop strategies to resolve problems that can be effectively addressed in a few sessions. We assist you in addressing issues that cause emotional distress and interfere with personal and academic goals. Typically counseling focuses on the present and future. Services are provided by a caring, multiculturally diverse staff of licensed social workers and psychologists. We understand that “trying harder” and “being stronger” doesn’t always work. We can assist you in finding fresh perspectives for you to solve your problems.
Couples counseling is only offered when both parties are actively enrolled at UM. We offer couples help with their relationship problems. Counseling can be used to gain insight into each other, to learn new and more effective ways of communication, and to improve problem-solving skills.
Evaluation and management is provided by board certified Psychiatrists. There is no limit to these visits. Students who need to see the Psychiatrist for medication evaluation or monitoring must first schedule an intake appointment with a Counselor. Please refer to Medication Information for more detail.
We provide consultation to staff and faculty members who may be concerned about a particular student but aren’t sure how to approach him/her. Counselors are available to answer questions or offer suggestions on how to handle a difficult situation with a student. For more information, see the Guide for Faculty and Staff.
We do not provide recommendations for ongoing academic accommodations. Click here for more information.
We provide educational outreach to the University community on topics related to emotional well being. To find out when a program will be held, check our Upcoming Events page. The staff is available for presentations upon request.
If you need assistance after hours, call Student and Employee Health at 410-328-8792. Messages left on the SCC voice mail outside of normal working hours (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) are returned the next business day. For mental health emergencies, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Lunch Hour Voice Mail
Voice mail is activated during the lunch hour and messages are promptly returned afterward. If urgent matters arise during that time, or if you are calling to make an administrative referral, you may press 0 for assistance from a Counselor.