Counseling and Health Services
Here to help you thrive
At Hamline, we know that your wellness is key to your success. Here, you’re part of a community that cares. We’re here to support your needs with counseling and health services and a peer wellness education program so you get support not only from us, but from other students as well.
We also recognize that many students face significant and longstanding social and economic barriers in pursuing higher education. Our office is dedicated to providing you with a care environment that is welcoming, trustworthy, equitably accessible, and affirming of all identities.
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Any student experiencing an emergency should call 911 or contact Public Safety at 651-523-2100 for assistance.
Counseling & Health Services will be closed for appointments until August 15th, 2023.
Messages will be checked on Wednesday mornings. If you need assistance with a non-urgent issue, such as a prescription refill, immunization information, or an off-campus counseling or medical referral, please leave a voicemail at (651) 523-2204 or email us at email@example.com. (Please note, however, that you are unlikely to receive an immediate response.)
For urgent medical or mental health concerns, please refer to the Emergency Resources link in the right navigation bar on this page.
Health insurance and fees
Get information on Hamline’s student health insurance, available to all undergraduate students, as well as fees for using Hamline’s on-campus health clinic.
Get information on what immunizations are required to attend Hamline, as well as required documentation.
Get help with emergency contraception, medical health emergencies, and sexual violence.
Counseling services frequently asked questions
Hamline students who are currently registered for classes and residing within the state of Minnesota are eligible for appointments. Due to state-specific licensing requirements, we are legally restricted from providing virtual services if you are currently located outside the state of Minnesota. However, we can support you with short-term problem-solving and with finding qualified mental health providers in your area.
All counseling information (including the fact that a student has been seen by a psychologist) is considered private information under the Minnesota State Privacy Act and laws covering privileged communication between a client and a therapist. Neither parents nor university employees have access to information about your participation in counseling, unless you specifically request your psychologist to share information. To ensure your privacy in virtual counseling, we only utilize secure, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platforms.
Counseling services are free to Hamline University undergraduate students. (Costs are covered in tuition fees.) Graduate students may pay a per-semester fee to access counseling services.
Counseling sessions are either 30 or 60 minutes.
Counseling Services generally operates within a short-term model; on average, our clients attend five to six hours of counseling during a given academic year. However, we work with each student to determine their specific individual goals, and we strive to offer flexibility in meeting their needs. Those seeking longer-term or more intensive counseling can obtain referrals to providers in the local community.
Counseling appointments are available from the beginning of the fall semester through the end of May term. During the summer, we are only available for consultation and referrals.
Counseling at Hamline is provided by individuals who have completed a doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology from a graduate program accredited by the American Psychological Association. Each member of the permanent counseling staff is a Minnesota state-licensed psychologist. All counseling services at Hamline are offered under the oversight of the director of counseling, Hussein Rajput, PhD, LP.
Counseling is a collaborative process whereby your psychologist will work with you to identify your main concerns, determine a plan of action, and work with you to make measurable progress towards your goals.
Counseling works! Research studies with large national samples have shown that most people who use counseling find it helpful. Not surprisingly, the amount that you will benefit depends on how much effort you are willing to put into the process. The vast majority of students surveyed at Hamline also report that their problems were improved or resolved as a result of participation in counseling, and that they would recommend counseling to a friend.
- Attend all your scheduled online appointments. (If you are not able to attend a given appointment, please provide our office with as much advance notice as possible.)
- Prepare for each counseling session with some ideas of what you want to focus on. Be honest about your feelings, thoughts, and experiences.
- Work with your counselor to develop your counseling goals, discuss your progress towards these goals, and modify them as needed.
- Complete any “homework” planned by you and your counselor. Let your counselor know if you feel you are not being helped, so that they can help you figure out alternative strategies for addressing your concerns if necessary.
Yes. We maintain a detailed list of community mental health providers in the Twin Cities area, and can also assist you with finding qualified providers in other areas as well.
During times of peak demand for services, students sometimes have to wait to access on-going counseling appointments. The average time spent on the waiting list is one-to-two weeks. However, wait times may extend longer if you are seeking to meet with only one particular member of the staff. While you are on the waitlist, same-day crisis counseling appointments are still available on weekdays. If you prefer to access off-campus community resources you can also schedule a one-time consultation/referral appointment.
In addition to individual counseling services, we offer a variety of counseling groups during the fall and spring semesters.
Stress and anxiety support group
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Gain skills to manage your anxiety more effectively
- Learn more about anxiety and coping strategies
- Interact with others by sharing personal experiences and receiving and providing support
Email Shih-Hsun at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Understanding self and others' group
Thursdays, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
- Learn more about yourself and how you interact in relationships
- Gain insight into your relational patterns
- Explore your behaviors to understand if they promote closeness or distance in a relationship
- Experiment with new ways of relating to others in a safe space
Email Jenny at email@example.com for more information.
Why group therapy?
- Connect with peers about shared concerns
- Learn about yourself
- Gain more skills to manage your current concerns
- Interact with others in a meaningful way
Groups are facilitated by psychologists from Counseling and Health Services and are free to Hamline students. Students will be asked to attend a 30-minute screening and orientation meeting before joining the groups.
Health Services information
Health services are available to Hamline students regardless of their insurance coverage. For undergraduates, health services provider visits are covered by tuition fees. Graduate students may access health services for a fee charged per semester.
Any medical information that you share with our staff is considered private. Information in your health file will not be made available to anyone (including faculty, administrators, and parents) without your written consent. Please refer to the Health Service's Notice of Privacy Practices for more detailed information.
Provider visits do not come with any associated charges, but there can be costs for lab testing, prescriptions, or immunizations. You will be informed of any charges prior to receiving those services, and are able to pay by cash, check, or student account charge. See a full description of Hamline health clinic fees.
Health Services providers can prescribe medication as needed for a variety of common concerns. Health Services also stocks a limited number of prescriptions available for purchase at cost. Please note that with regard to prescription ADHD medications, our clinicians are not able to provide ongoing management of stimulant prescriptions. Students seeking refills of previously prescribed medication for ADD or ADHD are encouraged to contact the original prescriber to discuss preferred procedures for refilling these medications in accordance with Minnesota laws.
The medical staff at Health Services are also able to distribute over-the counter medications to Hamline students. However, students will need to schedule an appointment and have completed up-to-date paperwork in order to receive medications. Administrative staff members are not able to distribute medications of any kind.
Several local pharmacies offer discount programs on certain generic drugs. A few websites containing databases on prescription assistance programs are GoodRx, RxAssist, America's Pharmacy, and Partnership for Prescription Assistance. All provide information about free and low cost medicine programs and other ways to manage your medication costs. You are able to search for information by the name of the medicine or the company that manufactures it. You may want to check with your doctor or pharmacist. They may know where to get free or discounted medication. You may also qualify for Medicaid or other similar health care programs that offer prescription coverage. To learn more, visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.
Health Services is currently not able to provide medical clearance or a physical exam to students traveling abroad. For more information, visit the Global Engagement Center study abroad page.
Peer wellness education
The Hamline Peer Wellness Education program is dedicated to fostering student-to-student communication about common health concerns that arise during college, and proactively promoting student wellness. Peer wellness educators specialize in areas of mental health, nutrition, sexual health, relationships, and decisions around drug and alcohol use.
Serving as a peer wellness educator is a great opportunity for students interested in a future career in healthcare, or for anyone who is simply interested in personal health and well-being.
Apply to be a peer wellness educator here or contact us at PeerEducators@hamline.edu.
Counseling and Health Services651-523-2204 (office)1-877-304-2072 (fax)