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University Counseling Center Services

The University Counseling Center offers mental health counseling services to all qualified* part-time and full-time SLU students, including undergraduate, graduate, law and medical students. These services can be offered in-person and/or virtually to accommodate student need and preference.

Each qualifying student will be provided up to 10 individual sessions of care per academic year. Once a student approaches the 10-session limit during the academic year, the treating provider will consult with the UCC director to identify a clinically appropriate course of action.

*A qualifying student is one who pays the university wellness fee.

Counseling services are provided by highly trained mental health professionals who can address the following concerns:

  • Depression
  • Uncontrollable mood swings
  • Anxiety/stress
  • Panic attacks
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
  • Attention/concentration problems
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Adjustment problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Identity/orientation concerns
  • Family of origin concerns
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use
  • Sexual assault
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Cultural/diversity concerns
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Developmental disorders

For those whose counseling needs are outside of the scope of the center's practice, the UCC care manager is able to assist with community referrals and resources. Psychiatry appointments are available at the Saint Louis University Student Health Center by calling 314-977-2323.

Individual Counseling

Prior to receiving individual counseling services, a student will participate in an initial consultation session facilitated by an intake specialist or staff counselor. The consultation will consist of sharing pertinent informaiton with the student regarding the UCC and the therapeutic process, as well as conducting a brief assessment to determine what servies are most appropriate and will best meet student needs.

Group Counseling

For students who are interested in, or in need of clinical support in a group setting, the UCC offers a variety of specialized psychoeducational and process-oriented groups throughout the academic year. These are intended to normalize student experiences, decrease social isolation, introduce students to different perspectives, and to build communication skills and confidence. Previous groups have targeted stress management, relationship concerns, body image, grief, self-esteem, college adjustment, assertiveness and depression.

Current Group Counseling Schedule
Bills Helping Bills for Student Athletes Mondays, 2 p.m. Chaifetz Arena Classroom
Support for the Rainbow
for LGBTOIA+ Community
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. Wuller Hall 202
SOBER @ SLU Recovery Support Tuesdays, 5 p.m. Wuller Hall 227
Adulting/Life Skills Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Wuller Hall 202, Dorothy Day Room, 1st Floor
Mental Health 101 Wednesdays, 4 p.m. Wuller Hall 224
HRL Resident Advisors Support Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Virtual: Zoom meeting ID 961 7987 5860 Password: 69560

Looking for connection? Skill building? Social-emotional support? Look no further - our counseling groups are forming now. Plenty of options to meet your needs.

Crisis Management

In addition to counseling services, the UCC supports students in connecting to community resources, offers linkages to external providers and assists those students who experience psychiatric hospitalizations. 

Our UCC care manager works closely with the Dean of Students office and maintains a comprehensive guide for those interested in additional resources.

Crisis Support

The UCC provides support services to any qualifying student who may struggling emotionally, coping with grief and loss and/or who are dealing with the impact of a traumatic incident (e.g. sexual assault/interpersonal violence.)

Learn more about crisis support and identifying students in distress

Collegiate Recovery Community at SLU

The University Counseling Center offers a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), Sober@SLU, to provide recovering students and their allies a safe and welcoming support network. We also welcome students interested in making positive changes regarding their alcohol, marijuana or other substance use.

The mission of the CRC is to help students achieve their academic, personal and professional goals, while participating in the collegiate experience without the negative consequences of substance use.

About the SOBER@SLU Collegiate Recovery Community

Our meeting times vary each semester; please contact the University Counseling Center for the schedule of meetings and events. Our newly decorated space is above the Eckelkamp Center for Campus Ministry in room 227, near the office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards and the University Counseling Center.

The SOBER@SLU space is where we hold meetings, but participants can also hang out on their own time to study, play video games, watch Netflix, or just relax in a quiet and substance-free environment.

SOBER@SLU Programming

The CRC hosts a variety of events, such as bowling outings, movie nights, 12-step meetings with pizza and community service projects. These drug/alcohol free events are hosted both on the Saint Louis University campus and in locations around the St. Louis area, sometimes in conjunction with other local universities. All of our programming is designed to provide:

  • Fellowship:  A safe place to meet like-minded people, hang out, study or just relax.
  • Community: Support from alumni, faculty, staff and people from the community to help you achieve your goals.
  • Achievement: A place for personal growth, accountability and academic support.
SOBER@SLU Participation

The CRC is an inclusive community, welcoming participants who are interested in attending a single event, or in making a commitment for the full academic year.

Participants in the SOBER@SLU group are interested in living sober or making positive changes to their substance use for a variety of reasons. Some are involved in 12-step recovery programs like AA, Al-Anon and ACOA, while others are just starting to question their substance use. Some participants have a family history of alcoholism, while others want to serve as allies to people in recovery.

The only requirement is that you are alcohol and drug-free when you participate in an activity.

For more information or questions, contact the University Counseling Center at 314-977-TALK.

CRC Committee

Patrick Cousins, Campus Ministry
Bill George, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business
Andrea Hitsman, Office of Admission
Stephen Irwin, Alumni
Michelle Scheipeter, Flight Center for Aviation Science
Molly Thompson, Graduate Career Advisor
J.J. Janulis, Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards