Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Services

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The Counseling Center, located on the Evergreen Campus, is staffed by licensed psychologists, a clinical social worker, and Post-Doctoral Fellows. We offer to graduate students the same range of resources available to undergraduates. These include comprehensive assessment and referral services, group counseling, and, for those enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours of coursework, short-term individual counseling. Please view this video for more information on graduate student services.
   
To get started, you can either call us at 410-617-CARE (-2273) or stop by the Counseling Center in Humanities 150 during our hours of operation (M-F, 8:30-5:00) to speak with a counselor. The counselor will discuss your situation, assess your needs, and give you recommendations for treatment. Recommendations might include individual or group counseling in the Center, or when appropriate, referral to other campus agencies or to off-campus resources. When needed, we can help you find an off-campus therapist or program located closer to where you live or attend classes, or who is available outside the Counseling Center’s hours of operation.

Our in-person assessments typically range from one to three sessions. During times of heavy service demand, there may be a wait of several days before an initial appointment can be made. However, if you are experiencing a crisis, the receptionist will arrange an emergency appointment with a counselor.

Unfortunately, due to high clinical demand, we are unable to provide counseling services for students seeking to fulfill the counseling requirement of their graduate program.

Finally, with regard to group therapy, it may be possible to form a group exclusively for graduate students. Graduate students may also benefit from general interpersonal groups consisting of graduate and undergraduate students.

At the Counseling Center, we are aware that many graduate students are enrolled in fewer than 9 credit hours per semester.  The following table summarizes services available for full- and part-time students:

 

Full-time Students

Part-time Students

Initial Assessment (1-3 sessions)

Yes 

Yes

Referral Services and Support

Yes

Yes

Same-day Crisis Appointments

Yes

Yes

Group Counseling

Yes

Yes

Short-term Individual Counseling

Yes

 No

 

Graduate Students in Classroom

Opportunities and Challenges

Many issues that bring students to the Counseling Center are common to both undergraduate and graduate students (see this link for more information). Some challenges, though, are especially common to graduate students, like:

Adapting to a new place - Learning how to navigate the Loyola campuses, utilize the various resources available to Loyola students, and adjusting to the Baltimore community if you are new to the area.

Creating new relationships - Developing new friendships, academic partnerships, and mentoring relationships with faculty will all be a part of your adjustment here.  You need a caring community to support you through the rigors of this academic journey.  Creating this community takes time and energy.

Taking on new roles - Learning what it means to be a graduate or professional school student, and a research or teaching assistant are examples of new roles you may be taking on. Feeling comfortable and confident in these new roles takes time.

Setting limits - Along with these new roles may come the need to clarify boundaries—what are appropriate expectations and what are not? Learning how to set limits and how to negotiate responsibilities are among the challenges of graduate and professional school student life.

Academic transition times - Preparing for comprehensive exams, working on a thesis or dissertation, and going out on job interviews are all high stress times for graduate and professional school students.

Academic Competence - Whether you are coming to graduate school right after undergrad and worry about being a “small fish in a big pond” or are returning to school after some time off and are concerned about feeling “rusty” in the student role, the tendency to doubt one’s academic competence is normal during the transition to graduate school.

Multiple roles - Balancing your commitments and activities as a student with other areas of your personal life can be very challenging at times. Relationships may feel strained, or you may sometimes feel like there’s just not enough of you to go around. Learning how to set priorities and manage stress and time are critical skills for graduate/professional school students to acquire.

We encourage you to take time to review some basic self-care practices that will help you prevent manage your stress more effectively:

A Healthy Diet - Eat regular, well balanced meals. Limit caffeine and alcohol. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Good Sleep Habits - Get at least six hours of sleep a night (eight is even better), maintain a regular sleep routine.

Regular Exercise - Find physical activities that you enjoy, commit to an exercise schedule.

Time for Play & Relaxation - Build breaks into your daily schedule, learn and use healthy relaxation strategies (breathing exercises, meditation, yoga).

Get Connected to Others - Build relationships with others not only through your academic discipline but through team sports, clubs and organizations, religious/ spiritual groups, or other resources found on the web.     

Additional Resources

Mental Health

  • Pro Bono Counseling
    410-825-1001, Toll Free: 877-323-5800, or 301-805-8191

  • Maryland Crisis Hotline
    1-800-422-0009
    State-wide 24-hour crisis intervention and supportive counseling hotline for SUICIDE, family and relationship problems, shelter needs, violent or threatening domestic situations, loneliness, depression, chemical dependency issues and others.

  • Urgent Care and Mobile Crisis services:
    • Baltimore City:  410-433-5175 410-752-2272  
    • Baltimore County:  410-931-2214
    • Howard County:  410-531-6677

  • 1st call for Help
    (410) 685-0525, TDD (410) 685-2159, (800) 492-0618
    Statewide, 24 hours, 7 days a week, comprehensive information and referral service.  Experienced staff members help callers connect to resources and services.  Callers may remain anonymous.

 

On-campus Services

 

Life in Baltimore

Additional Online Resources

 

Columbia Center           

 

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