Many students have trouble adjusting to the challenges of college life. It is quite common to feel anxious or concerned about your course work, social life, or the everyday pressures of being a college student. The Counseling Center is a place where you can come to talk about these problems. We assist students who are struggling with a variety of difficulties. A few examples include:

stress/anxiety depression
relationships career uncertainty
study skills self-esteem
family issues sexuality

As a college student, you are likely to experience problems that are not easily resolved. Your usual ways of handling such problems may not be effective this time or may even be making the problems worse. If you are unsure about whether counseling is for you, we encourage you to make an appointment to discuss your concerns with a counselor. Any number of resources the Counseling Center provides could be of assistance to you, and there is no obligation to continue.


Individual counseling provides an opportunity for you to talk with a professional about what is troubling you. We strive to help you to learn more about yourself and your situation in ways that will improve your ability to deal with your struggles. The Counseling Center operates from a short-term model of counseling, helping students understand and problem-solve stressful situations. For students seeking long-term therapy, staff will help make referrals. At the Counseling Center, appointments typically last 45 minutes.


If you're in a relationship that you would like to improve (partner, spouse, friend), couples counseling may be a helpful option for you. The focus is typically on identifying and finding solutions for problem areas, then assessing and strengthening communication to address these problems beyond counseling. Both potential clients must be current UMBC students. Appointments typically last 45 minutes. However, it is important to note that the Counseling Center cannot provide both individual and couples counseling services simultaneously to an individual student. For situations in which both forms of counseling would be indicated, staff can assist you in finding appropriate community resources.


The Counseling Center offers a variety of group experiences depending on the need that particular semester (i.e., Connections on Campus Interpersonal Group, Dissertation Suuport Group, LGBTQ Support Group, Grief & Loss Support Group). Groups typically involve 1-2 counselors with 5-8 students, and they usually meet weekly or biweekly for 60-90 minutes. You control what and how much you share with the group, and we encourage you to share only when you are ready.
Group counseling provides you with a unique opportunity to:

  1. relate with others in a way that can increase self-awareness
  2. experiment with different ways of interacting
  3. connect with peers who have similar experiences
  4. improve your interpersonal relationships.
Commitment to confidentiality is required for participation in group counseling. See Groups (link) for semester offerings.


If you're undecided about your major, and you would like help identifying careers most suited to you, career counseling at the Counseling Center can offer you assistance. We can help you learn more about yourself, your interests, and how this exploration can translate into finding a career match as well as solutions to anticipated obstacles. This is accomplished through individual sessions with your counselor and completion of assessment tools.


The Counseling Center has a psychiatrist onsite part-time (16- 20 hours/week) who can prescribe medications when appropriate. This service is provided for students actively engaged in ongoing counseling at the Counseling Center. If you and your counselor decide that medication may be appropriate, your counselor will make a referral and an appointment with the psychiatrist. Alternatively, you may be encouraged to utilize your insurance providers' list or a Counseling Center counselor may offer a community referral.


UThe Counseling Center offers students a variety of workshops designed to improve your chances for academic success. The workshop series includes structured, 1-hour workshops on Time Management, Procrastination, Stress Management, Test Anxiety and other relevant topics. Check the Announcements section or call (410-455-2472) for scheduled dates (Download Flyer).


At the Counseling Center, we have a "Self-Development Center" (SDC) where you can educate yourself at your own pace using CDs, videotapes, and audiotapes that cover hundreds of topics related to college life. Among the topics are study skills, anger management, assertiveness, communication skills, managing conflict, diversity, eating issues, relationships, health, foreign languages, leadership, public speaking, dealing with loss, self-esteem, mental health issues, sexual assault, sexuality, stress management, substance abuse, and women's/men's issues. This is only a sample, and each category contains a number of media resources on specific aspects of that broad subject. If you would like to use or look over our options, you do not need an appointment. Just walk in and let our front-desk staff know you would like to utilize the SDC. In addition, there are also a number of helpful websites you can use to learn more about yourself and mental health issues that may be of concern or interest to you.


Our staff is an active participant in campus outreach programming. We make presentations and facilitate discussions in residence halls, academic classes, student organizations, and faculty/staff groups. In order to make a request, please complete the Outreach Request Form and drop it off at the Counseling Center.