Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

What to Expect

So, you’re going to try counseling. Good!

It’s free. It’s confidential. And it’s easy to start.

To schedule an appointment, call 410-617-CARE or just stop by. We can usually schedule you to be seen within 1-5 days of your request, or same day if urgent.

Where to Find Us

We’re in Humanities 150: Enter the door at the bottom of the ramp opposite Starbucks, then hook left up the spiral stairs or take the elevator to the 1st floor. Come on in and head to our friendly Reception Desk, where you can schedule an appointment or check in for your session.

What to Expect in the First Session?

Your first session will be aimed mostly at getting to know you and your concerns. You’ll start with some brief paperwork, which a counselor then reviews before sitting down with you. Expect to feel significantly better after this session: you’ll have a new source of support, and you’ll have started dealing more effectively with what’s bothering you.

The Services We Offer

The Counseling Center is providing remote services while we navigate the impact of COVID-19. We offer groups, workshops, "Let's Talk" single sessions, brief individual counseling, and comprehensive referral support. Often, we recommend group counseling as the most helpful first step. This might be a RIO workshop or one of our themed groups.

  • RIO (Recognition-Insight-Openness) Workshops: In three 1-hour sessions, a facilitator will introduce basic concepts and strategies for approaching life’s problems, easing emotional pain, and making changes. Feedback from Loyola students has been very positive.
  • Group Counseling: Led by one or two counselors, with typically 5-8 members, group sessions last 60-90 minutes and offer opportunities to talk confidentially about your concerns, share them with others who have similar challenges, receive support from group members and counselors, and learn alternative ways of looking at personal problems. Group offerings vary by semester, and you can learn more about our current group and workshop options.
  • Brief Individual Counseling: Weekly or biweekly sessions with a professional counselor. Although many students may find their needs met through short-term individual counseling, those whose circumstances require longer-term support can be connected to therapists in the community. 
  • Let's Talk Single Sessions: A solution-focused, goal-oriented, one-time space for students to meet with a counselor. Counselors will work with the student to identify their existing strengths, resources, and coping skills that may assist them in moving forward with a specific concern, as well as offering additional recommendations. Let's Talk is not appropriate for emergency or crisis concerns; view our emergency services page for crisis resources. 
  • Comprehensive Referral Support:  When circumstances require more frequent or open-ended counseling than the Counseling Center can provide, a counselor can help get you connected with a private therapist off-campus. The counselor will assist you with identifying an off-campus provider that fits your counseling needs, financial and insurance parameters, and transportation considerations. In addition, we can assist you with making phone calls to schedule your first appointment with the new provider. We will then continue to meet with you and support you while you get connected, and we will remain available to you in case of a crisis if you can’t meet sooner with your private therapist.

Bottom line: We’re friendly, professional, confidential, free, and here to help you!