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Counseling & Psychological Services
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173180
Bozeman, MT 59717-3180

Tel: (406) 994-4531
Fax: (406) 994-2485
Location: 211 Swingle
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Counseling Services

Counseling Services.

The professional staff at Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) offers FREE, confidential counseling to eligible students, and provides counseling on a limited basis for a fee to MSU faculty/staff.

We have a strong commitment to meeting the needs of all people, and strive to create an environment where individuals from all backgrounds feel welcome, respected and understood.

While we do help those in crisis or distress, we also provide services to those who wish to prevent their concerns from developing into more serious problems.

What to Expect

Who Goes to Counseling?

On average, CPS provides counseling and informational services to about 1500 students each year. Virtually any personal issues are appropriate for counseling if they are negatively impacting your functioning in your various roles. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • depression
  • nervousness/anxiety
  • concerns about relationships with family/friends
  • academic difficulties
  • grief/loss
  • substance use (drugs/alcohol)
  • questions about sexuality/relationships
  • choice of major or career
  • trauma/abuse/sexual assault
  • coming out
  • exploring transitions, life choices and identity

Those who come to CPS will find a professional, caring, non-judgmental atmosphere to discuss their concerns. Coming here does NOT mean that you are "crazy", "weak", "ineffective", or "sick", but rather that you are choosing to explore a problem and optimize your functioning.

How the Process Works

You will have a brief initial appointment with one of our counselors to determine what, if any, services are appropriate for you. This will include taking some background information and learning what concerns prompted you to come see us.

Following this appointment, we will use the schedule you provide us to match you with a counselor who fits your schedule and ask you to call us to claim your appointment time. Once you are matched with a counselor, you will meet with them once a week or once every other week for 50-minute meetings. Many students find relief in a few sessions, and others typically work with their counselor for 6-10 sessions. While we do provide some long-term counseling services, most students receive 6-10 sessions per year. You and your counselor will discuss this and agree upon a course of action.

Whatever you and your counselor decide upon, your counseling will provide you a supportive forum to discuss your concerns. Your counselor will NOT offer an immediate solution, over-analyze you, know all the answers, or tell you what to do, but will facilitate your progress by helping you make choices and decisions that are right for YOU.

Confidentiality

CPS is committed to protecting your privacy and confidentiality. This means that communications between counselor and client are privileged and safe-guarded by law, and not released to anyone (parents, teachers, employers, or authorities) without your written permission, as per the legal standards of the State of Montana concerning Privileged Communication (37-23-301) and to the ethical code of the American Psychological Association. However, there are a few exceptions to maintaining confidentiality dictated by law. These include, but are not limited to, imminent risk to self or others or instances of abuse of a minor, elderly, or disabled person. Your counselor will discuss this with you further, and you can voice any questions or concerns you have with them at your initial appointment. CPS details the confidentiality policy in writing when students come to the center and are welcome to request a copy of the policy.

Cost

Services at CPS are free of charge to eligible students.

Services are available to Faculty and Staff on a fee-paying basis of $75/hour. (Counseling in the community ranges from $90-$150/hour).

Eligibility for Services

Academic Year: The following criteria makes you eligible to receive counseling at CPS:

  1. Any undergraduate student enrolled in 6 or more credits; any graduate student actively pursuing a degree or certification who is enrolled in at least 1 credit.
  2. Undergraduate students who have less than 6 credits can receive services if they pay the Student Health Medical Fee (not to be confused with the Student Health Insurance).
  3. CPS offers couples' counseling to students, where at least 1 member of the couple is an eligibile student. The non-student is not eligible for individual services at CPS.
  4. Faculty and staff are eligible to receive services at CPS for a fee.Click here for more information on counseling services for faculty/staff members.
  5. If you do not meet the above criteria, you are not eligible to receive services at CPS, but we can still provide assistance by referring you to counselors/agencies in Bozeman if you call our office.

Summer Sessions: The following criteria makes you eligible to receive counseling at CPS:

  1. Any student who is enrolled in either the first or second session of summer school.
  2. Any student who was enrolled in the current spring semester and will be enrolled in the upcoming fall semester.
  3. CPS offers couples' counseling to students, where at least 1 member of the couple is an eligibile student. The non-student is not eligible for individual services at CPS.
  4. Faculty and staff are eligible to receive services at CPS for a fee.Click here for more information on counseling services for faculty/staff members.
  5. If you do not meet the above criteria, you are not eligible to receive services at CPS, but we can still provide assistance by referring you to counselors/agencies in Bozeman if you call our office.

How Do I Make an Appointment?

Making an appointment is easy: call 994-4531 to set up your initial appointment. You can tell the receptionist you’d like to make a first appointment for counseling. They may ask you a few quick questions to verify you’re an eligible student, and then they’ll schedule your appointment.

Hours & Location

Our hours during the fall and spring semesters are:

Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Summer hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00pm - 4:00pm

We are located on the 2nd floor of the Swingle Building, next to the SUB and above Student Health. There is also an elevator in Student Health that accesses the 2nd floor.

Types of Counseling at CPS

Individual: Individual counseling involves you working one-on-one with a counselor. Counseling “works” because it can be helpful to talk about problems, feelings or concerns with an objective third party, and gain insights and perspectives you may not have thought about on your own. We view our role as one that provides support and guidance in order to help you explore concerns or find solutions.

Couples: CPS provides couples' counseling to any couple in a committed relationship. As long as one person in the couple is eligible for services the couple can be seen at CPS. Couples' counseling typically involves the couple coming in together for sessions with their counselor(s) and working on goals mutually agreed upon by both parties.

Group: CPS offers many group counseling options. Group counseling is an extremely effective format to address many concerns. Click here to learn more about groups.

 

 

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