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Personal Counseling Using Telemental Health

During COVID-19, Counseling Services is using Telemental Health to connect with students. Email counseling@css.edu or call 218-723-6085 to schedule a session with a Mental Health Therapist.

Counseling Services 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
  • building self-esteem and confidence

When it is more urgent

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, or 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 either Security (Ext. 6175), the Residence Director, the Counseling Center (Ext. 6085), or Student Health Service (Ext. 6282.) They will consult with you to help decide the best course of action.

What to Expect

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.

Eligibility

Counseling Services is available to 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 understanding of your situation, you and your counselor will develop a plan to address your concerns.

Training for Student Groups:

QPR Suicide Prevention Program
Mental Health First Aid Training

Contact Sarah Wells, LICSW at 218-723-6085 or swells1@css.edu

Counseling Services

Call:  (218) 723-6085 

Email:  counseling@css.edu 

Fax: (218) 723-6482

Summer Hours (May 24 - August 27, 2021): 

Available Tues-Wed-Thur 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Closed in July

After hours mental health crisis resources

  • Birch Tree Center: (218) 623-1800 (Duluth area)
  • Crisis Text Line:text HOME to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: 1 (800) 273-8255 (TALK)
  • Students of Color
  • The Steve Fund: text STEVE to 741741
  • LGBTQ+ 
    Trevor Project Lifeline:1 (866) 488-7386 or text START to 678678
  • Veterans Crisis Line:1 (800) 273-8255 Press 1 or text to 838255

In an emergency, call 911. 

Staff

Teresa Guerrero, MSW, LICSW Portrait of Teresa Guerrero
Director of Student Health and Wellness


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


Portrait of Diona JohnsonDiona Johnson, MSW, LICSW
Intercultural Specialist, Mental Health Therapist


Angie Hummel, LPCportrait of Angie Hummel
Mental Health Therapist


Glenn Maloney, MSW, LICSW, LADCportrait of Glenn Maloney
Mental Health Therapist


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