Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Graduate Services

The Counseling Center, located on the Evergreen Campus, is staffed by licensed psychologists, a clinical social worker, and Postdoctoral 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. For more information, check out this video on graduate student services.
To schedule an appointment, 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 a.m. -5:00 p.m.). At the first session, a counselor will discuss your situation, assess your needs, and give you recommendations for treatment. Recommendations might include short-term individual or group counseling in the Center, or when appropriate, referral to other campus agencies or to off-campus resources. When off-campus therapy is recommended or preferred by students, we can help you find an off-campus therapist or program which fits your counseling needs. If you are unable to come to the Evergreen location and/or are an on-line graduate student needing assistance with referral services, please feel free to contact the office at (410) 617-CARE (2273) to schedule a phone consultation. For more information on referral services and steps to get connected to off-campus providers, check out our Comprehensive Referral Assistance page.

Graduate Students in ClassroomAppointments are usually scheduled within 1-5 days.  However, if you feel you are in crisis, please let the receptionist know.

We also promote mental health awareness and tips through monthly or quarterly newsletters. Be on the lookout for Counseling Center features in the “Graduate Student Organization” newsletter, as well as the “Balance Spotlight – A Support for Graduate Students of Color”.

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. This includes providing services for students solely wishing to experience the therapeutic process for their own clinical benefit.

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. Please note, the counselor will assist with determining which services are the best fit for your particular needs:

Type of Service  Full-time Students Part-time Students
Initial Assessment Yes Yes
Referral Services and Support Yes Yes
Same-day Crisis Appointments Yes Yes
Group Counseling Yes Yes
Short-term Individual Counseling Yes No

Opportunities and Challenges

Many issues that bring students to the Counseling Center are common to both undergraduate and graduate students. 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 - Statewide 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.
  • Maryland’s state-based health insurance exchange  

On-campus Services

Life in Baltimore

  • Baltimore City Visitor’s Bureau - Interesting things going on around the Charm City, as well as an interactive map for exploring.
  • Maryland Office of Tourism - Learn more about the Free State, plan a day trip, or take advantage of offers for free maps and their Destination Guide.
  • MeetUp.Com - The student activities office of the outside world! Find friends & groups that match your interests.
  • B*More Proud - An intercollegiate network created to promote positive interactions and collaborations among queer college students within the Baltimore-Metro LGBTQIA community.

Additional Online Resources