Individual Counseling   

     Crisis Assistance

     Support Groups

     Walk-In Wednesdays

     Drop in Workshops

     Labyrinth Workshops​

     TAO (Therapist Assisted Online)

     Referral Information

General Information

     Counseling Center Scope of Practice

     Counseling Center Information

     Eligibility for Services



     Counseling Risks and Benefits

     Your Rights as a Client​

     Your Responsibilities as a Client

     Questions or Concerns

Individual Counseling
Individual counseling sessions are 45 to 50 minutes in length.  Same day or next day initial    appointments with counselors are generally available throughout the academic year. Students with URGENT concerns will be given priority.  Please inform the receptionist if your situation is urgent and you need to be seen today.  The Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday,  from 8 am to noon and 1 pm to 5 pm. 

Crisis Assistance 
Crisis assistance is provided by phone 24 hours a day by Listening Ear (989-772-2918), National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255), Crisis Text Line (Text START to 741-741), RISE (formally Women’s Aid Services) (989-773-0078) and Community Mental Health for Central Michigan (989-772-5938).  In an emergency situation dial 911 or CMU Police at 989-774-3081.  Click or touch 24-Hour Resources for more information.

Support Groups
Group counseling helps people solve problems and enhance their personal growth and development.  Your progress will depend primarily upon the nature of your problems and how hard you work to solve them.  

Information you should know about Group Counseling:
  • ​​Group counseling involves personal, academic, or career concerns with group members.
  • ​There is no fee.
  • Discussions within the group are confidential except when the counselor believes a person might act on the idea of harming him/herself or someone else, when child abuse or neglect is reported, or when information is requested by court order. If you are receiving individual counseling within the center, the group leader may choose to communicate with your individual counselor. If this is a concern to you, please discuss it with your counselor.
  • The number of sessions the group meets is determined by the counselor.
  • Some of the groups will close or not accept new members after a few weeks. If members need to miss a session, contact with the counselor prior to the session will be appreciated. If at any time you wish to stop attending the group, tell your counselor. This will allow us to best serve students.

Stop by any time, or any length of time for the following:  Anxiety Busters, Art Journaling or Pause for Paws. 

Labyrinth Workshops

The Counseling Center has a 24-foot diameter canvas labyrinth. Labyrinth workshops are available for classes and RSOs. The labyrinth path is a symbol for one's life journey and can be walked individually or collectively. The walk offers opportunities for reflection, relaxation, creativity, problem solving, and team building. Please contact Michelle Bigard at or by calling 989-774-3381.

TAO (Therapist Assisted Online)

TAO is a self-help resource for students, faculty and staff available anytime, anywhere.  Try TAO's online library of engaging, interactive programs to learn life skills and to help you bounce back from disappointments in life.  Unsure about counseling?  Schedule jam-packed?  Check out TAO for:

Referral Information
Referral information​ is available online and in our reception area.

Eligibility for Services
The Counseling Center provides time-limited/short-term individual and group counseling for currently enrolled CMU students.  CMU students who complete classes Spring semester, and who are registered for classes the following Fall semester, are eligible to receive counseling during the Summer.  Counseling services are designed to assist students with personal, career and academic concerns. 

To best meet the needs of as many students as possible, a limit to the type and amount of services available has been established.  You and your counselor will discuss the number of counseling sessions you may require. Students who need longer term service and whose counseling needs exceed the Counseling Center's Scope of Practice (pdf) will be referred to other more appropriate sources of assistance.

Counseling services are provided by licensed or limited licensed mental health professionals and trainees.  Your counselor will provide you with a Professional Disclosure Statement to inform you about his/her training and practice. Copies of all counselor Professional Disclosure Statements are available in the reception area.  

At times, a student seen for an initial appointment by one counselor may be referred to another counselor for scheduling reasons. If you are uncomfortable with your counselor, discuss this with him/her if possible.  You may request to be seen by another counselor. Decisions to change counselors or stop counseling are respected.

The information you share in counseling is privileged and confidential.  Counselors consult with one another as needed to assist students.  A signed Consent for Release of Privileged Information Form is required to disclose to a third party any information about the counseling you have received.  There are exceptions to confidentiality.  If you are under 18, discuss with your counselor how this may impact some aspects of confidentiality.  Your counselor is required to report disclosed information to the appropriate authorities:

  1. When serious and foreseeable harm to you or others is evident;
  2. When release of confidential information is required by court order or requested by you;
  3. When child abuse or neglect is evident or suspected; 
  4. When abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults who are vulnerable due to physical or mental impairment or advanced age is evident or suspected.
Some confidential client information is kept in locked Counseling Center files, stored on password protected Counseling Center computers and/or on a HIPAA compliant virtual server. No individual data or information is reported outside of the center. Computers are password protected and access limited to professional counselors and office professionals. Because email, cellular and cordless phones, and fax machines are not secure means to transmit confidential information we discourage using them for this purpose. 

Counseling Risks and Benefits
​Sometimes as you change, the relationships around you change.  Counseling often involves talking about and expressing intense and possibly painful emotions, facing and dealing with difficult situations in the present, or recalling difficult, frightening or challenging times.
Counseling may result in feeling better about oneself and others, strengthening coping skills, reaching or making progress on one's counseling goals, improving interpersonal relationships, solving problems, improved academic performance, determining a major/career direction, having a safe place to express emotions, or building on one's strengths.  Discuss questions or concerns you have about the possible risks and benefits of counseling with your counselor.

  1. The right of confidentiality. 
  2. The right to ask questions and be informed about the nature of counseling and the Counseling Center's services.  If you do not agree with some part of the services you are receiving, you have the right to withdraw this consent to receive services at any time.
  3. The right to be treated with respect for your personal dignity, autonomy, and privacy.  Counseling Center faculty and staff members strive to protect and promote the basic human dignity to which you are entitled.
  4. The right not to be discriminated against because of your age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status.
  5. The right to request a different counselor than the one assigned to you.
  6. The right to terminate counseling at any time.
  7. The right to a defined counseling goal mutually decided upon by you and your counselor.
  8. The right to be informed, if at all possible before your scheduled appointment time, if your counselor is ill or for other reasons unable to meet with you.
  9. The right to be referred to another helping professional if you desire or could benefit from long-term counseling, or if your concerns go beyond our expertise or Scope of Practice.

Your Responsibilities as a Client

  1. To inform the administrative secretary by phone AT LEAST 24 hours in advance or as soon as possible if you cannot meet your appointment time.
  2. To be on time for appointments with your counselor. 
  3. To be honest with your counselor, to let him/her know what you like or do not like about what is happening in counseling, or if you feel counseling is not meeting your needs.
  4. To be actively involved in the counseling process by stating your counseling goals, helping to determine session direction and focus, discussing issues that are important to you, using time outside of each session to work on your counseling goals, attempting to change when this is relevant, and learning how one's growth and development can continue following counseling.  
  5. To tell your counselor if you wish to terminate the counseling relationship or wish to request a different counselor.

Questions or Concerns
Please discuss any questions or concerns about your counseling or the Counseling Center with your counselor, other CMU counselors, the Counseling Center Executive Director Melissa Hutchinson, or Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Shaun Holtgreive (989) 774-3346.  The Counseling Center welcomes your comments and suggestions concerning the services we provide.  Formal complaints about a counselor may be made to the state licensing board:  State of Michigan, Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs, BPL/Investigations & Inspections, Division P.O. Box 30670, Lansing MI 48909-8170, Phone: (517) 373-9196.