Mental Health Services

Whether you’re struggling with coursework, experiencing relationship issues, concerned over drinking or drug use, or experiencing any other issue, our licensed and trained clinicians can help you navigate the tough times. MSUM Counseling Services is here to help balance the social, emotional and educational pieces of your life.

We offer free  and  confidential  mental health, alcohol and drug, sexual assault and violence counseling. MSUM Counseling Services offers settings in which students may explore personal or academic concerns, makes referrals, and serves as a consultant for faculty and staff. Licensed and trained mental health counselors understand the issues students face and offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment for getting you on track to achieving your personal and academic goals.

Appointments are recommended, though same-day care may be available when needed.

The MSUM Counseling Center fully supports Safe Space on campus, and pledges to be confidential, non-judgmental and supportive contacts for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA) members of the MSU Moorhead community.

No client information is released to anyone outside the Center, including other college offices, faculty, or parents without clients' written consent. Limits to confidentiality include the following:

  1. Counselors are required by law to report cases of suspected child abuse.
  2. Counselors may disclose information when deemed necessary to protect a client or others from imminent danger.
  3. Information may be released when required by court order.
  4. Counseling Center staff members may share information with each other for the purposes of consultation and training.

We offer free, confidential, short-term mental health counseling to help you address the issues you’re facing. Our staff can also provide referrals for psychiatric services or community resources for students with long-term mental health needs.

  • Personal growth
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating problems/body image

If you have concerns about your own substance use or that of a friend or family member, free and confidential substance-use counseling is just a phone call away. Our counselors can provide support for individuals or groups effected by substance use, education regarding substance use concerns and current topics and community referrals.

Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling services offered:

  • Brief assessment of substance use concerns
  • Substance use education for individuals or campus events
  • Support for students with concerns about their own substance use or that of a friend or family member
  • Referrals to off-campus resources when necessary

We’re committed to a campus environment that is free of sexual or relationship violence. We work closely with community resources that offer free and confidential counseling services for students who are victims or secondary victims of sexual assault and/or relationship violence. Other services include crisis intervention, legal and medical advocacy, support groups and short-term individual or group counseling sessions.

The university’s CARE Team is a resource that students, faculty and staff can contact if they have concerns over the welfare of a student. These concerns may include depression, substance abuse, thoughts of suicide, disruptive behavior in class, making violent statements or feeling threatened by a student. If you contact the Care Team, you can expect that your referral will be taken seriously and that the team will respond based on the individual needs of the student and situation. A member of the team may contact you for additional information or clarification about your referral.

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Counseling Community Outreach Center provides free, professional and confidential counseling services that are open to the Fargo-Moorhead and MSUM campus communities. Counseling services are provided by master’s-level counselors-in-training who are supervised by professional counselors and faculty supervisors.

We are operating in uncharted territory right now and many things are still unknown. Your MSUM Counseling Department wants you to know that your feelings are valid, no matter what they are. A healthy escape using anxiety reduction and relaxation techniques to provide healthy outlets for stressful times. Life can be overwhelming, anxiety invoking, and stressful. Sometimes we all need a healthy escape.

You might feel scared, confused, overwhelmed, angry, alone, grateful, or completely calm. You might feel many things throughout the days or all at once, like being upset that an event was cancelled, but happy that you can wear pajamas all day.

Your feelings are normal; the situation is not.
Don't forget to breathe.

This Calming Room is a place for students to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings and building our resilience during this pandemic.

We are here to support you.

We have red light therapy, seasonal affect disorder (SAD) lamps, relaxing music and waterfalls. Students can come and sign up or call the front desk at 218.477.2211 and see what openings are available for that day and student worker or staff member will block that time for you. You do not need to see anyone for counseling services to access the calming room it is open to all MSUM students.

We will have hand sanitizer available along with wipes to wipe down after you are done and our staff will also wipe down again after each use.

Group counseling is a highly effective means of addressing personal concerns - in fact it has been proven to be equally as effective as individual therapy, and in some cases more effective. Some groups that are often offered are focused on a particular subject or skill while others are more general in nature.

Group psychotherapy is a special form of therapy in which a small number of people meet under the guidance of a professionally trained therapist to help themselves and one another. There are many benefits of group therapy, which cannot be obtained, in individual therapy alone.


By utilizing materials, that promote a flow of creative energies allows for expression of ideas, emotions, and provides a reflective process ripe for insight and transformation.

Through groups, individuals find a forum of peer support, gaining strength as they share their feelings and experiences with others who are facing the same obstacles as themselves. Some gain strength in seeing the resourcefulness of those in the same situation, while others renew their feelings of self-worth through assisting others.

We offer different groups every semester, so contact us to see what we are offering this semester or request a new group.

Groups being offered for Fall 2023 will be established soon, so check back!

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