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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Short-Term Counseling

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The mission of the Counseling Center is to provide support to students in resolving personal, social, educational, and mental health concerns in order to increase student success and retention in the university within a welcoming environment that appreciates diversity and pursues social justice. 

Eligibility and Cost

Counseling services are available only to students currently enrolled at Minnesota State Mankato, free of charge.


A feeling of trust and safety is critical for persons to grow and learn about themselves. Visits to the Counseling Center are private, and no one outside the center is given any information without a student's written permission. No information becomes a part of a student's academic record. There are required legal and ethical exceptions to confidentiality should the life and safety of the student or someone else be in imminent danger.


After an inital evaluation, a recommendation will be made to you regarding how best to proceed in order to help you with your concerns. This may be individual counseling here at the center or referral. We can assist you in connecting with other sources of help on campus or in the community if the difficulty in question is one that is outside our competence or our resources. Counseling is an active and collaborative process that requires open and honest communication. The goal of counseling is not to give advice or directions, but to listen and help you clarify your own thinking, deepen your self-understanding, and increase your self-reliance.

Personal and Social Issues

You don't have to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown or experiencing an emotional or academic crisis to use the center. No concern is too small to bring in to discuss. Common concerns include adjustment to college, low self-esteem, relationships, sexuality, loss, anxiety, indecision, stress, depression, test anxiety, alcohol and drug use issues, and coping with difficult family situations.


The professionals on the counseling staff are experienced in responding to a variety of personal and social issues typically encountered by university students, and include doctoral- and master's-level licensed psychologists, and doctoral and master's interns.


To make an appointment, stop by the Counseling Center in CSU 285 and complete initial paperwork. This will help the counselor begin to understand your concerns and life situation. During that initial appointment, you and the counselor will discuss and clarify your counseling needs.