Welcome to Counseling Services

Students utilize our services as a place to discuss concerns and challenges they are experiencing in their life as a college student.

A Safe, Trusting and Confidential Relationship

  • You can expect all the information you discuss to be kept confidential (exceptions to this policy are explained in your Informed Consent Document).

  • Without your written consent and explicit permission, we will not discuss your situation with anyone, except the counselors on our staff for consultation purposes.

  • Your counseling file is not a part of your academic record, and no individual outside the counseling department has access to your file.

  • If we think it would be helpful to talk to others about your situation (a faculty or staff member, parents, other health care providers you may have seen previously), we will ask your permission and ask you to sign a Release of Information Form to talk to that person.  You have the right to refuse a counselor's request, if you feel it is not in your best interest. 


  • Counseling Services is available to all CSS students at no cost (except for psychiatric evaluations and management of medications which are billed to your insurance).
  • Following an initial meeting with a counselor, students may utilize up to 12 counseling sessions within each academic year.

Meeting with a Counselor

  • Prior to your initial meeting (called an intake), you will be asked to fill out an online questionnaire.
  • During the first meeting your counselor will ask you questions and listen in order to get an understanding of what kind of support you may want. This may require the counselor to ask you some questions about your past experiences and relationships, as well as about your present concerns.
  • Once your counselor has developed an understand of your situation, you and your counselor will develop a plan to address your concerns.

If you have any questions or concerns about your experience with Counseling Services, please talk to your counselor or contact Teresa Guerrero, Director of The Student Center for Health and Well-Being at 218-723-6085.  Thank you for your willingness to utilize the services of the Counseling Department, and we hope you will find the experience helpful and rewarding.

Counseling Services

For appointments or more information,

call (218) 723-6085 or stop by Tower 2150

Fax: 218-723-6482

M- F: 8 am - 4:30 pm

After hours mental health crisis resources:

  • Birch Tree Center: (218) 623-1800
  • Crisis Text Line: text MN to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1 or text to 838255

In an emergency, call 911. 

If CSS Duluth Campuses are closed and all classes or activities are cancelled, appointments with Counseling Services are also cancelled.


Teresa Guerrero, MSW, LICSW Portrait of Teresa Guerrero
Director of SCHAWB

Marlene BartikoskiPortrait of Marlene Bartikoski
Administrative Assistant

Pam Bjorklund, Ph.D., RN, CS, PMHNPPortrait of Pam Bjorklund
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Leigh Branovan, MSW, LICSWPortrait of Leigh Branovan
Mental Health Therapist

Sarah Wells, MSW, LICSWSarah Wells  headshot
Mental Health Therapist