Stay at Home Order in Effect

April 09, 2020

Governor Tim Walz has extended the #StayAtHomeMN guidelines through Monday, May 4. Hamline operations remain unaffected. Our course offerings remain remote until the end of the spring semester.

See our COVID-19 webpage for more information here.

  • Counseling Services

  • Information Regarding Counseling Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Counseling services remain available to Hamline students during the COVID-19 pandemic.  All counseling sessions will be delivered via telepsychology appointments.  For more information, click here.

     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 (Post Doc) 


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

    All Hamline students are eligible to receive counseling services.  

    Is counseling confidential?

    All counseling information (including the fact that a student has been seen by a counselor) 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 (in writing) that your counselor share this information.

    Is there a cost to see a counselor?

    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? 

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, all ongoing counseling sessions will be 30 minutes in duration.

    How many counseling appointments am I allowed to have?  

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, counseling session limits have been temporarily waived.

    Is counseling available during the summer?

    From late-May through mid-August, C&HS maintains limited hours of operation and counseling services. Students interested in participating in summer counseling should call the office for information about counselor availability.     

    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?

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of counseling sessions will tend towards immediate problem-solving, coping strategies, and identifying resources.

    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 their 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 appointments.  (If you are not able to attend a given appointment, please provide C&HS as much advanced notice as possible.) 
    •  Bring to each counseling session 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 he or she can help you figure out alternative strategies for addressing your concerns. 

    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, but 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, crisis counseling is still available during weekday crisis hours.  Alternatively, students who prefer to access community resources can schedule a one-time consultation/referral appointment. 

    Group Counseling

    In addition to individual counseling services, C&HS offers a variety of counseling groups.  For more information about current group offerings, contact us at counselinghealth@hamline.edu.

    Training Opportunities

    C&HS offers a post-doctoral fellowship for graduate students in counseling or clinical psychology.  Undergraduate students interested in gaining experience related to health and well-being may be interested in the Hamline Peer Education Program.




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