Personal Counseling

Personal counseling is a vital component of the support services offered at The College of St. Scholastica. The Center's counseling staff can help a student think through the feelings and problems of college life and other important issues. Professional counselors work closely and confidentially with students on a variety of issues including: developmental transitions (i.e. beginning college, graduation, etc.), relationship problems with peers or family, depression, anxiety and stress, sleep issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, difficulty in handling emotions, religious concerns, and building self-esteem and confidence. Individual and group counseling and assistance in referrals to community agencies and resources are available. Workshops are held on a variety of Health & Wellness topics.

Academic Counseling

Many students simply have problems adjusting to the academic environment. Communicating with instructors, "fitting in" to the school, taking tests, and handling extra curricular activities can all be obstacles to student success. Counseling Services can assist students in developing the skills necessary to overcome these obstacles.

Crisis Interventions

There may be times when a life crisis seems overwhelming and a person becomes seriously upset. Such events include suicide threats or attempts, physical abuse, sexual assault, and harassment. During these events it is important to recognize that the crisis does not have to be handled alone: there are resources available on and off campus for sensitive, supportive help. All threats or attempts to injure oneself or others should be considered as serious events that require intervention. This intervention will involve college counselors and other Student Affairs staff, and may include community referrals for more structured support and evaluation. Any student who is aware of someone in crisis and in need of services should immediately notify Security (Ext. 6175), his/her Residence Advisor, The Counseling Center (Ext. x6085), or Student Health Service (Ext. 6282.) They will consult with you to help decide the best course of action. This service is available on a 24-hour basis.

Consultation Services with Staff and Faculty

The Student Center for Health and Well-Being encourages faculty and staff to utilize the resources of Counseling Services. This may include:

  • Presentations to classes.
  • Consultation regarding a specific student.
  • Crisis intervention.
  • Information and data regarding health and mental health issues.
  • Identifying resources in the community.
  • Invitations for staff and faculty to attend in-service training in eating disorders, depression, suicide awareness, and other areas.

Counseling Services

For Appointments or more information call or stop by:

(218) 723-6085
Tower Hall 2150
8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday
Fax:  218-723-6482

Confidential Contact Form

In an emergency call 911. 


Teresa Aldach, MSW, LICSW Teresa Aldach headshot
Coordinator of Counseling Services and Counselor

Pam Bjorklund, Ph.D., RN, CS, PMHNPPam Bjorklund head shot
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Leigh Branovan, MSW, LICSWLeigh Branovan head shot
Mental Health Therapist

Tad Sears, MSW, LICSW Tad Sears headshot
Director of Student Center for Health and Well-Being

Diane Swanoski Diane Swanoski headshot
Appointments, Reception and Administration

Sarah Wells, MSW, LICSWSarah Wells  headshot
Mental Health Therapist