Students often feel anxious about seeking counseling. You might worry that it is a sign of weakness or an indication that there is something seriously wrong. However, you don't have to be in crisis or have a serious mental illness to benefit from counseling. Most people who seek counseling are struggling with normal life events that we all experience one time or another in our lives. In fact, we believe that knowing when to ask for help is a sign of personal wisdom and courage.
Individual counseling is a collaborative effort between you and your counselor. We want to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you and to help foster your growth in body, mind and spirit.
Here are some common concerns that bring students to counseling:
- Symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression
- Chronic illness
- College adjustment issues such as homesickness, academic problems, or test anxiety
- Interpersonal difficulties, including family problems, romantic relationship concerns
- Challenges with assertiveness and self-confidence
- Bereavement and grief related to a major loss (such as death or parental divorce)
- Questions/exploration about identity, self-image, sexuality, gender
- Religious or spiritual issues
- Concerns about body image, food, eating, or weight
- Experience with sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, abuse, or other trauma
- Thoughts of suicide, death, or hurting others
- Harmful behaviors like drug or alcohol abuse or self-harm (cutting, burning, etc.)
Counseling services are available for any students currently enrolled as a student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Services are confidential, free of charge, and are completely separate from your academic record.
Any information you share during your session will be treated with the strictest confidentiality as allowed by law. In accordance with ethical and legal standards, this information will not be disclosed to anyone without your written consent, except in very specific circumstances as required by law.
Setting Up An Appointment
The Counseling Center is located in the Student Success Center inside the lower level of the Residence Hall. The counselors' available times will be posted at the beginning of each semester.
We prefer that you handle appointment scheduling and discussion of counseling issues via phone or in person, however, we also understand that you are very busy students and e-mail might be the most convenient way to contact us. Please know that we take your time and confidentiality very seriously and therefore consider it imperative that you understand the limitations of our use of e-mail technology. E-mail accounts may not be checked daily, on weekends, or during holidays. Also, note that e-mail is not a secure form of communication; therefore, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Please use at your discretion.
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For more information about counseling services, contact Dr. Michelle Hastings, Director of the Counseling Center at 314.446.8338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact your counselor as soon as possible when you become aware that you cannot come to your appointment so that we can open up your time slot for another student. You may choose to contact the Counseling Center staff via phone or e-mail about such matters as rescheduling or canceling an appointment. You can leave a message on the voicemail if you are calling outside of business hours. Please keep in mind that staff may not check their e-mail regularly or may inadvertently miss your e-mail message altogether. Also, email is subject to interception and is not considered reliably confidential.
Michelle Hastings, M.Ed., Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Hastings completed her doctoral internship at the University of Texas in Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center and earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She is a licensed psychologist and health service provider in the state of Missouri. Dr. Hastings has always been passionate about working with college students because it is a developmentally unique time of exploration in the lives of individuals. As a generalist, Dr. Hastings works with a variety of challenges you may be experiencing and specializes in identity and attachment issues, grief and loss, the LGB population, spiritual and religious issues, bipolar disorder, and multicultural issues. In addition to counseling, Dr. Hastings is also an adjunct assistant professor for the University of Missouri in Columbia where she teaches classes on diversity issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Office: Lower level of the Residence Hall, Room 2143
If you are in crisis, such as having thoughts of suicide, or if you are a faculty or staff member that is concerned about a student during regular business hours, please contact Dr. Michelle Hastings, Rebecca Jones, director of academic support, or another student affairs staff member directly in person, via email, or phone immediately. If you are unable to reach a counselor or student affairs staff member please contact STLCOP Security at 314.446.SAFE (7233).
After normal business hours, students can call the Life Crisis Hotline at 314.647.4357 to talk to someone. If you are a student or a faculty member who needs immediate help while on campus, please call Campus Security at 314.446.SAFE (7233). Security is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the case of a life-threatening emergency on or off campus please dial 911.
Emergency mental health care services can also be provided for students at St. Mary’s Hospital. You can check-in online before you arrive which will speed up your check-in process.
St. Mary’s Hospital
6420 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117
(close to the intersection of Clayton Road and Highway 40)
Hours: 24 hours/7 days a week
In addition to the services offered by the counselors at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, you have the option to contact the Saint Louis University Psychological Services Center (PSC). To make an appointment to see a counselor at the PSC please call 314.977.2278. When you call, let them know that you are enrolled at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. This will ensure that you receive the low rate of $10 per session. Additional services, such as assessments for ADHD, can be done at the PSC for an additional fee. The PSC is located on the SLU campus in Morrissey Hall, Suite 1200, located at 3700 Lindell Boulevard.
If you would like to have a psychiatric evaluation or a pharmacological consultation with a psychiatrist or a general practitioner, STLCOP has partnered with SLU Student Health Center to provide these services. SLU Student Health Center is located on the ground floor of Marchetti Towers East, 3518 Laclede Avenue and the phone number to make an appointment is 314.977.2323. If you do not have transportation, campus security can provide a ride to and from campus. Please note that, although STLCOP has arranged for STLCOP to access to these services, you will be still be required to use your personal health insurance for these services and you will be billed for appropriate co-pays or additional fees at the time of service.
If you would like to have an assessment for IQ, learning disability, ADD, or ADHD, or LD components, there are resources in the St. Louis area that offer these services.
Epworth Children & Family Services
520 Natural Bridge Road
Normandy, MO 63121
The phone number to make an appointment is 314.222.4460
There is a $125/hour charge for these services. However, the services are free for those who reside in St. Louis County and are under 20 years old.
UMSL Community Psychological Services
One University Boulevard
232 Stadler Hall
St. Louis, MO 63121
12837 Flushing Meadows, Suite 220
Town and Country, MO 63131
The phone number to make an appointment at either location is 314.516.5824
There is a charge for these services based on income. However, the services are free for those who reside in St. Louis County and are under 20 years old.
St. Louis University Psychological Services Clinic (PSC)
Morrissey Hall, Suite 1200
3700 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO, 63103
The phone number to make an appointment is 314.977.2278
IQ Only: $165
Psychological Evaluation: $85 to $450
LD/ADHD Evaluation: $150 to $800
Neuropsychological Evaluation: $200 to $875
There is a $50 retainer for all assessments before setting up an appointment.
The PSC is not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare and does not bill for insurance. PSC can provide you a receipt to submit to your insurance carrier.
Students can continue to use our free counseling services over the summer with our full-time psychologist, Dr. Michelle Hastings. You can also obtain services through Saint Louis University Psychological Services Center for $10 per session.
The Counseling Center is dedicated to creating an open and welcoming environment that is safe for everyone we serve and with whom we interact. We celebrate the diversity of our campus and our community and strive for multicultural competency and inclusion in all of our work.
Our counseling staff offers presentations to classes and student organizations on a variety of issues involving mental health and diversity issues. To request a presentation, please contact Dr. Michelle Hastings, campus psychologist, at least two weeks before the desired presentation date and we will try our best to accommodate your needs. Some topics that might be of interest: a brief overview and Q-A session about counseling services, stress management, grief and loss in practice.
Support groups can be another alternative to individual counseling. The power of being in a group can lead to feeling less isolated and the chance to learn from peer interaction. You might be hesitant to be part of a group but most students find it to be a very positive and satisfying experience. New groups will form each semester. Please contact our office for a list of groups and to discuss joining. Topics of interest include disordered eating, perfectionism, and anxiety.
Faculty, staff, residence hall personnel, and students often encounter distressed students and can play a crucial role in identifying those who could benefit from counseling services. Students who exhibit a combination of these symptoms or behaviors over a sustained period of time should be of particular concern, and it may be beneficial to refer them to counseling:
- Sudden deterioration in academic work, frequent absences or tardiness, inappropriate or disruptive classroom behavior, papers with themes of distress
- Dependency, for example, the student makes excessive appointments to see you
- Listlessness, lack of energy, falling asleep in class
- Coming to class intoxicated or high
- References to death or suicide; expressions of hopelessness
- Physical changes, especially sudden weight loss or deteriorating personal hygiene
- Withdrawal, isolation from others
- Inability to make decisions despite your attempts to clarify and encourage
- Excessive somatic complaints
- High irritability, angry outbursts
- Bizarre or strange behavior, such as unexplained crying, hearing voices, disorganized thinking, blatantly inappropriate comments or questions in class
- Over-reaction to criticism or mistakes
- Visible signs of depression or anxiety