Personal Counseling

Personal counseling is a vital component of the mental health support services offered at The College of St. Scholastica. The Center's counseling staff can assist a student in addressing the feelings and stressors of college life and other important personal concerns. Professional clinicians 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, grief and loss, sleep issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, difficulty in handling emotions, religious concerns, and building self-esteem and confidence.

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

Individual and group counseling as well as assistance with referrals to community agencies and resources are available. Workshops are held on a variety of Health & Wellness topics.

Crisis Resources

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 campus staff members, 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), the 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. 

After hours resources (4:30 pm-8:00 am, weekends, and holidays) include regional, statewide and national support:

  • Birch Tree Center -24 hour regional crisis program for support, information and problem solving in the Duluth/Arrowhead area  218-623-1800
  • Crisis Text Line- statewide text-based help with relationship concerns, general mental health and suicidal thoughts. Text MN to 741741 and a counselor will text you back
  • National Suicide Prevention Crisis line-free and confidential support for people in distress. 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 Press 1 or text to 838255
  • Call 911 in all locations in cases of emergency

Training for Student Groups

  • QPR Suicide Prevention Program
  • Mental Health First Aid Training

Contact Sarah Wells, LICSW at 218-723-6085 or



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 pm

After hours mental health crisis resources:

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
Assistant Director, Mental Health Therapist

Sarah Wells, MSW, LICSWSarah Wells  headshot
Mental Health Education Coordinator, Mental Health Therapist

Glenn Maloney, MSW, LICSW, LADC  Mental Health Therapist