• 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? 

    Counseling sessions are either 30 or 60 minutes.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of ongoing counseling sessions will be 30 minutes in duration.

    How many counseling appointments am I allowed to have?  

    Our general guideline is a maximum of 10 sessions per academic year.  However, students may petition to extend the duration of their counseling work beyond 10 sessions if extenuating circumstances arise.  Others may find that their needs are met with just a few sessions.  (The average number of counseling sessions used by Hamline students is 5-6 per year.)

    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.  (If there is no availability for ongoing counseling, students can nevertheless receive assistance with off-campus referrals.)     

    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.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, counseling may focus more heavily on problem-solving, coping strategies, and identification of 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 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.) 
    •  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, 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 during the fall and spring semesters.  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.




  • Hamline News

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    As a liberal arts institution that values civic engagement, Hamline University embraces a diversity of viewpoints and experiences among its students, faculty and alumni. In the wake of the Memorial Day officer-involved killing of George Floyd, Pipers donated, volunteered, marched, and protested. Some have also taken the lead in the media.


    A number of Juneteenth celebrations will be taking place in and around the Twin Cities. The Hamline community acknowledges the significance of this day, particularly at a time when unity, awareness, and education are essential for change.


    The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Professor Betsy Parrish for a six-month virtual English Language Specialist project on developing handbooks for establishing Communities of Practice in Vietnam with the National Foreign Language Project of the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training.