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.

Individual and group counseling and 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), 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. 

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

  • Birch Tree Center Crisis Line-24 hour regional crisis phone line 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)
  • Call 911 in all locations in cases of emergency

Training available to student groups - Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Program. For further information or to schedule a presentation,  contact:

Sarah Wells, LICSW at 218-723-6085 or



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 Guerrero, MSW, LICSW Teresa Guerrero headshot
Interim Director of SCHAWB

Marlene BartikoskiPortrait of Marlene Bartikoski
Administrative Assistant

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

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

Erik Dahl Portrait of Erik Dahl
Mental Health Therapist Intern

Angie Hummel, M.A.Angie Hummel headshot
Mental Health Therapist

Sarah Wells, MSW, LICSWSarah Wells  headshot
Mental Health Therapist