As we reach the point in the semester where stress levels are up and self-care habits are down, it seems like a great time to remind the campus community of the services we have over at the Wellness Center. The Wellness Center, located in Chance Hall, is staffed by a team of medical and mental health professionals to assist you in addressing your physical and mental health concerns. At the Wellness Center, we specialize in the developmental needs of college students. We optimize physical, intellectual and emotional wellness to support academic success and provide holistic care that respects dignity, privacy, and diversity in all forms.
Regarding Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), we offer individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as psychiatric services and advocacy support. Personal counseling provides students with the opportunity to talk to an experienced therapist in a safe environment. Students can explore their situations from a different perspective, learn new ways to cope with difficulty, or just find a safe place to be heard. CAPS therapists are available to listen to any concern or question – whether you are struggling with depression or anxiety; feeling lost, lonely, or overwhelmed; thinking about hurting yourself; if you have experienced trauma, are struggling with eating issues, test anxiety, family related concerns, and/or substance misuse. All CAPS services are free to St. Mary’s Students. There are no limits to the number of sessions you can attend, there is no insurance required, and no fee for psychiatric visits.
If you are not sure if therapy is right for you, or are nervous about making an appointment, stop by Monday through Friday from 1pm-3pm to take advantage of our daily walk-in hours. Walk in hours allow you to meet a therapist, talk briefly about your concerns, and learn more about what CAPS can offer without the commitment of a full appointment. If you prefer to talk to a fellow student, Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are available during daily walk-in hours for peer-to-peer counseling. The PHEs are supervised by the Assistant Director of CAPS, Laurie Scherer, and are a volunteer group of highly trained SMCM students. The PHEs focus on outreach and prevention efforts across campus. These educational efforts include psychological, physical, and spiritual wellness. The PHEs offer one-on-one counseling to support students who feel stressed, homesick, or just prefer talking to a peer about their issues.
The Sexual Assault Advocate at the Wellness Center, Kelly Muldoon, provides support and resources to students who have been subjected to sexual violence, harassment, stalking, bullying, or relationship violence. The Advocate also supervises the Sexual Misconduct and Advocacy Resource Team (SMART). The SMARTies are a group of students highly trained in sexual misconduct crisis and response. The group oversees a 24/7 confidential hotline that can be reached at (301) 904-2015. Students who call the hotline can get assistance with reporting options, advocacy, and on/off campus resources.
To align with a holistic “wellness” model, Chance Hall is also home to our Health Services. Health Services can provide evaluation and treatment of acute minor illness or injury, immunizations and allergy shots, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and Emergency Contraception (Plan B). To meet with a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, please call or stop in to schedule an appointment. Health Services offers health education with the goal of self-care on the following topics: hand washing, alcohol and its effect on your brain, allergy care, antibiotic resistance, calcium and bone health, disability and health, smoking and tobacco use, injury/violence and safety, sexual health, and proactive sexual health.
In order to provide you with the highest quality care, the Wellness Center utilizes an integrated treatment approach. We value the privacy of students and the confidentiality of the personal and health information entrusted to us. Information is shared between services at the Wellness Center on a strict “need to know” basis and is never released outside of the Center without your permission.