• Counseling Services

  • Information Regarding Counseling Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Counseling services remain available to Hamline students during the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, due to the spread and transmissibility of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, counseling sessions are currently being conducted online.  Students needing a private space on campus from which to participate in online counseling sessions should speak to the C&HS administrative assistant for room reservations.

    More information about Hamline Counseling Services can be found by clicking the links below.

     Eligibility for Services



    Appointment duration

    Appointment limit

    Summer services

    Staff qualifications

    How it works

    Does it help?

    Maximizing benefits

    Off-campus referrals

    Waiting list

    Group Counseling

    Training Opportunities 


    Who is eligible to receive counseling services at C&HS?

    Hamline students who are currently registered for classes and residing within the state of Minnesota are eligible for virtual or in-person appointments through Counseling & Health Services. Due to state-specific licensing requirements, we are legally restricted from providing services if you are located elsewhere. However, we can support you with short-term problem-solving and with finding qualified mental health providers in your area.

    Is counseling confidential?

    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 insure your privacy in virtual counseling, Counseling Services only utilizes secure, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platforms.

    Is there a cost to see a psychologist at C&HS?

    Counseling services are free to Hamline University undergraduate students.  (Costs are covered in tuition fees.)  Graduate students may pay a per-semester fee for access to counseling services.

    How long is a counseling appointment? 

    Counseling sessions are either 30 or 60 minutes.

    How many counseling appointments am I allowed to have?  

    Students are eligible for up to 5 hours of individual counseling per semester, which may be received in 30-minute or 60-minute increments. Those seeking longer-term or more intensive counseling can obtain referrals to providers in the local community.  

    Is counseling available during the summer?

    Counseling Services is open for appointments from the beginning of the Fall Semester through the end of May Term. During the summer, we will be available for consultation and referral only.

    What are the qualifications of the counseling staff at C&HS?

    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 C&HS are offered under the oversight of the Director of Counseling, Hussein Rajput, PhD, LP.          

    How does counseling work?

    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.

    Does counseling really help?

    Yes.  Research studies with large national samples have shown that most people who use counseling find it helpful.  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.  (Not surprisingly, the amount that you will benefit depends on how much effort you are willing to put into the process.)

    What can I do to get the most out of counseling? 

    •  Attend all your scheduled online or in-person appointments.  (If you are not able to attend a given appointment, please provide C&HS as much advanced 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. 

    Can C&HS provide off-campus referrals for counseling services?

    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.

    I’ve heard about a wait list.  What does that mean?

    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 1-2 weeks.  However, wait times may extend longer if you are seeking to meet with only one particular member of the staff.  While a student is on the wait list, same-day crisis counseling appointments are still available on weekdays.  Students who prefer to access community resources can also schedule a one-time consultation/referral appointment. 

    Group Counseling

    In addition to individual counseling services, C&HS offers a variety of counseling groups during the fall and spring semesters.  For more information about current group offerings, click here.  

    Training Opportunities

    The C&HS post-doctoral fellowship has been suspended at the present time.  Undergraduate students interested in gaining experience related to health and well-being may be interested in the Hamline Peer Wellness Education Program.




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