Student Frequently Asked Questions
What is Michigan Tech Counseling Services?
Michigan Tech Counseling Services is a department within the Division of Student Affairs and Advancement. The major goal of Counseling Services is to provide support that will help students achieve their full academic and personal potential.
Who is eligible for Counseling Services?
All currently enrolled Michigan Tech students are eligible for free services at Counseling Services.
Is there a limit on how many times I can see a counselor in a semester?
Yes. To ensure that all students receive services, there is a 8 session limit per student per semester.
What type of services are provided?
We provide individual, group, and couples counseling. Additional services include workshops and presentations on mental health topics for student organizations, residence halls, and the university community.
Who are your counselors?
Counseling Services has a diverse staff of mental health professionals, including social workers, a limited licensed psychologist, and graduate practicum students. All full time clinicians of Counseling Services are licensed within their profession – all non-licensed personnel (graduate practicum students) are under direct supervision by licensed clinical staff members.
What kind of issues do students come to Counseling Services to get help with?
Students come to Counseling Services for a wide variety of reasons. Many of our students have a specific concern they are seeking services for such as depression, anxiety, and eating concerns to name a few. Students additionally seek services to address academic difficulties such as time management concerns, test anxiety or difficulty with concentration. Some students experience difficulty adjusting to college life or encounter conflicts with roommates or their parents. If you are unsure if counseling is right for you, you can contact our office directly to inquire further.
Where are you located?
We are located on the 3rd Floor of the Administration Building.
What hours is Counseling Services open?
We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM during the academic year and Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM during the summer. Academic and summer schedules are based on the University’s outlined calendar year.
How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment with Counseling Services call us directly at (906) 487-2538 or walk-in during our business hours. When scheduling an appointment you will be asked to provide your name, student identification number (M number), and telephone number, so please be prepared in advance.
How long does it take to get an appointment?
Generally, your initial appointment is scheduled within a few days to a week of your contact. Your first appointment is not a first session, and is not usually with your primary counselor.
*If you are experiencing a crisis, simply let the administrative staff know and we will arrange for a same-day emergency appointment.
What can I expect when I come to Counseling Services for the first time?
When you first arrive for your initial appointment you will be asked to complete paperwork which typically takes 10 minutes, so we ask you arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment. After completing your paperwork, you will have a face-to-face interview with a clinician, which generally takes 30 minutes. During this interview the clinician will gather pertinent information to be shared with your primary counselor.
Are counseling services confidential?
Counseling Service records are not included in any of your other university records. All information about you, even acknowledgments of your visits, is confidential and cannot be released without your written permission except under specific circumstances outlined in our confidentiality policy.
If I come in to see a clinician, I don’t want my parents to know. Will you have to tell them?
No. Your clinician will not speak to your parents, professors, friends, or anyone else about your confidential concerns without your permission. There are rare exceptions, which are outlined in our confidentiality policy.
What should I do in an emergency?
In any emergency involving physical harm or a threat to life, call Public Safety at 906-487-2216 or dial 911(if you are out of the area dial 866-411-0018 to reach Negaunee Central Dispatch). If you are in a residence building on campus, you can contact your RA, CC or RLC. In cases of psychological emergencies, contact Counseling Services at (906) 487-2538 during our business hours or Public Safety. During non-business hours contact Public Safety directly and they will connect you with the counselor on-call.
How do I help someone get an appointment?
Only the student who is seeking the appointment can contact Counseling Services to schedule one. If the student is unwilling to call us to make an appointment with a counselor and you are concerned about their safety you may contact Counseling Services and ask to speak with a counselor to discuss the situation and your concerns.
Does Counseling Services prescribe medication?
Counseling Services provides limited access to a nurse practitioner on staff who has the ability to prescribe medication as well as manage currently prescribed medications. However, access to these services are only available to students who are receiving counseling through Counseling Services and have been referred by their primary counselor. Many medications work best in conjunction with psychotherapy. Counseling Services’ clinicians work together with the nurse practitioner on staff to monitor progress and concerns of each student.