Welcome to Counseling Services! Whether you’re experiencing a situational problem, an immediate crisis, or have a longstanding mental health concern, we’re here to help. Our professional staff includes licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors, as well as new professionals working toward licensure and graduate student staff completing their degrees in a mental health field.
Our Commitment to You:
We at the CSU Health Network Counseling Services are deeply committed to creating a welcoming, supportive space in which you can truly be seen and valued in your entirety. For those whose experiences of marginalization and oppression add extra layers to your distress – you and all of your identities are welcome here.
We recognize that prejudice, discrimination, and privilege continue to marginalize people in our country and all around the world. We own that the members of our staff, as imperfect human beings, are not immune and that we also struggle with our own biases, privilege, and identities. We will make mistakes – and we also firmly commit to transparency. Nothing will stop us from the vital work of continuously examining our biases and striving to do better.
We are dedicated to affirming respect, compassion, and acceptance for all, and we celebrate diversity with regard to all backgrounds and identities, including but not limited to: ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds; languages; mental health; sexual, gender, and affectional identities; physical, sensory, and cognitive/learning abilities; body sizes and shapes; ages; relationship and reproductive statuses; military service; religious, spiritual, and philosophical beliefs; socioeconomic statuses; substance use and those in recovery; and others for whom there is not yet commonly shared language to discuss your identities.
You are welcome here.
Counseling Services provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of fee-paying students on the Fort Collins campus. As a public land grant university, we believe that students should have access to high quality mental health care on campus. We offer the following outpatient services:
- Individual and Couple Counseling
- Group Services
- Specialized Alcohol and Drug Treatment (DAY Programs)
- Intensive Post Mental Health Hospitalization Services (iTEAM)
- Behavioral Health Services within our Medical Clinic
- 24/7 Emergency Services
- Consultation with University Colleagues, Parents and Friends
The demand for counseling on campus has increased each year. Although we are fortunate to have a large staff of counselors, we are typically unable to offer weekly individual appointments except in emergency situations. Most students see their counselor every two to three weeks for individual appointments. In addition, many students participate in weekly group treatment or, in urgent situations, use our On-call or Behavioral Health counseling services that don’t require an appointment. Due to the extensive time required for comprehensive psychological evaluations, we do not provide this service. And although many areas of expertise exist among our staff, we are unable to guarantee the availability of specific treatment approaches at any given time. If you are looking for a specific approach, please inquire about its availability. Our staff will be glad to work with you to find an appropriate referral in the community if we can’t meet your needs.
All counseling is confidential. No information is released without your written consent except when the law requires. These exceptions include the following: immediate danger to you or someone else, suspicions of child or elder abuse, grave disability, subpoenaed records, or a threat to national security. The Health Network has a shared electronic health record that allows all medical and mental health staff to share information and coordinate your care. To protect your privacy within the agency, we follow a “need to know” guideline. This means that your providers may review your records if they are treating you for concerns that may be related to other care you have received at the Health Network.
If you have any additional questions or if you would like to speak with a counselor, please stop by our office at 123 Aylesworth NW or call us at (970) 491-6053. We look forward to seeing you.
I have a hard time feeling comfortable around others.
Sometimes I feel I can’t go on.
I feel out of control when I eat.
Sometimes I feel like nobody cares.
I’m thinking about dropping out of school.
I’d like to learn more about myself.
My partner and I just broke up – I feel hurt and angry.
Something bad happened – it’s hard to talk about.
I’m not happy with the way I look.
Other people are worried about my drinking/smoking.
I’m always nervous and I can’t stand it.
My friend is acting strange, and I don’t know how to help him.
We can help. Contact Counseling Services at (970) 491-6053.
We provide counseling for students struggling with a variety of personal issues. Stress and anxiety, relationship concerns, depression, disordered eating, sexual identity concerns, cultural issues, and academic difficulties are just some of the concerns that can be addressed confidentially at Counseling Services.
Many students participate in our large group program each semester. We offer five different group treatment formats:
- Interpersonal Process Groups are for those who will benefit from sharing experiences, giving and receiving support/feedback, and experimenting with new interpersonal behaviors in a safe environment. Read “All About Process Groups” for more information.
- Theme Groups are for those who share common experiences and concerns with others in the group.
- Psychoeducational Groups are for those who want the opportunity to be educated, to increase knowledge of resources, and to build coping skills in certain areas of their lives.
- Support Groups are for those who would like to give and receive support with others who are dealing with similar concerns.
- Skills Groups are for those students who would like to learn skills and get support to assist in managing a mental health concern.
If you are interested in an Interpersonal Process Group or any other therapy groups, please call the Colorado State University Health Network at 491-7121.
The DAY Programs offers services to fee paying students who are concerned about their substance use or are required to complete an assessment or engage in treatment by the University’s disciplinary system. To schedule our services please call the DAY Programs office at (970) 491-4693. For more information about our specialized programs, workshops and services please call (970) 491-4693 or visit our DAY Programs page.
When a student is hospitalized, family members are frequently concerned about their student’s well-being and the impact of mental health treatment needs on student status. We are committed to helping students make the best decision for their health, and, whenever possible, continue with their coursework. We have a variety of services available to assist with their recovery.
When students present to a hospital with mental health emergencies, there are three teams involved in their follow-up care: Student Case Management & Referral Coordination, The Student Consultation Team, and the iTEAM.
- Student Case Management & Referral Coordination. This office supports students experiencing the effects of a crisis, adverse incident, or disruptive behavior. We focus on minimizing the negative impact on the student, faculty and staff, and other students – balancing the needs of the individual with those of Colorado State University and the community. In the height of a crisis situation, meeting with a Student Case Manager may provide assessment, referrals, and appropriate follow up. We help find the best approach to support the student in the immediate situation and provide referral for ongoing care.
- The Student Consultation Team. The Student Consultation Team (SCT) is dedicated to improving community through a proactive, objective, supportive, and collaborative approach to the prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, management, and coordinated response of student situations that may pose a threat to the safety and well-being of individuals and the campus community. The Office of Support & Safety Assessment chairs the SCT and administers communications from the SCT regarding requirements and support.
- CSU Health Network’s iTEAM (Intensive Treatment, Education, Assessment and Management) is a mental health treatment team for students who have been evaluated or treated at a hospital for a mental health emergency.
The iTEAM provides a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) informed treatment designed to support student success, physical well-being, and mental health. The team consists of experienced therapists, a board certified psychiatrist, and a medical assistant/scheduling coordinator who meet weekly to provide medical and psychotherapeutic treatment tailored to each student’s individual needs. All of these providers have specific training in working with clients who have been recently hospitalized or exhibit high risk behaviors. Specific services include:
- Individual therapy: The iTEAM provides 50 minute, individual therapy sessions focused on reducing self-harm behaviors, decreasing suicidal thoughts/urges, increasing skills for managing difficult emotion, improving relationships, and building a meaningful life.
- Psychiatric Consultation and Management: The iTEAM Psychiatrist offers an hour long Psychiatric consultation/evaluation and regular followup care regarding physical health and wellness, nutrition, and medication recommendations.
- Skills Group: iTEAM provides an 8-week, 90-minute skills group that provides curriculum designed to complement individual therapy. The group covers skills to manage difficult or overwhelming emotion, form and maintain fulfilling relationships, understand the purpose of emotion, respond kindly to failure, and many more.
For more information about mental health hospitalizations and how to help family members after a hospitalization, visit the following resources:
Our behavioral health consultants work closely with primary care medical providers at the CSU Health Network in order to provide truly collaborative care for our students. Since many medical concerns have a psychological or lifestyle component, it is often helpful to have immediate access to a mental health provider. After meeting with the student, the behavioral health consultant may provide brief visits to help the student gain new skills, refer the student to appropriate counseling services, or provide information about other campus resources.
Crisis intervention services are available by stopping by our office at the CSU Health & Medical Center, 151 W. Lake St. or calling (970) 491-7121 during regular business hours. We can provide an immediate assessment of the situation and, when necessary, facilitate a mental health hospitalization.
We are available for emergencies when our offices are closed by calling the CSU Emergency Dispatcher at (970) 491-7111. The on-call staff member will typically return the call within 15 minutes. In a life-threatening emergency, please go directly to the Poudre Valley Hospital Emergency Room (1024 South Lemay Avenue, Fort Collins) or call 911 for ambulance service.
Counseling Services provides clinical consultation to those concerned about a student’s mental health. Although no specific information about an individual is ever provided without a release of information from the student, we can offer guidance about approaching the student with your concerns and connecting them with resources.
If you believe it would be helpful to have a University staff member reach out to the student of concern, Student Case Management is an excellent resource. The Student Case Management staff can coordinate a needs assessment, appropriate referrals, and follow-up. For information about their services, go to www.studentcasemanagement.colostate.edu.
If you are considering Counseling Services, you may wonder what to expect when you get in touch with us. This section provides information for you to choose your route to care.
LOCATION AND HOURS OF OPERATION
CSU Health & Medical Center, 151 W. Lake St.
Counseling by Appointment:
Monday – 7:30 am – 5 pm
Tuesday- 9 am – 8 pm
Wednesday – 7:30 am – 8 pm
Thursday – 7:30 am – 5 pm
Friday – 7:30 am – 5 pm
Counseling Drop-in Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 9 am – 4 pm
Tuesday – 10 am – 4 pm
EMERGENCY OR AFTER HOURS CARE
If you are experiencing a crisis, stop by our office at the CSU Health & Medical Center, 151 W. Lake St. or call 970-491-7121 during regular business hours. We can provide an immediate assessment of the situation and help you get the assistance you need..
If our offices are closed, call the CSU Emergency Dispatcher at (970) 491-7111 and ask to speak with the counselor on call. We’ll typically be able to return your call within 15 minutes.
In a life-threatening emergency, please go directly to the Poudre Valley Hospital Emergency Room (1024 South Lemay Avenue, Fort Collins) or call 911 for ambulance service.
VISIT COUNSELING SERVICES
Your first contact with Counseling Services is to talk to an on-call counselor. Please call (970) 491-7121 for more information.
The on-call counselor will talk with you briefly about your concerns, tell you about our services, and help you identify next steps. If your concern is urgent, please let the on-call counselor know so we can help you get immediate assistance.
Your Initial Consultation
If ongoing counseling is the best option for you, your on-call counselor will schedule a longer (50 minute) appointment for you with a member of our staff. Most of the time, your appointment will be within one to two weeks. This is because many students request services each semester. In the meantime though, you can always return to see an on-call counselor if your situation becomes more urgent.
During your Initial Consultation, you and your counselor can begin to map out what you may need. It may be
- A group or skill-building workshop
- Individual or couple counseling
- Stress management
- Substance abuse counseling
- Other services that will meet your particular needs
In most cases, the counselor you meet with for this appointment will be the counselor you work with throughout the semester. Sometimes, however, you may be scheduled to work with another counselor who can best meet your needs.
You and your ongoing counselor will schedule your appointments. Because many students request counseling and our resources are limited, individual counseling appointments are typically scheduled at two to three week intervals. For many students, our weekly counseling groups or skill-building workshops are the treatment of choice. If you believe you need weekly individual counseling for an extended period of time, we will work with you to make a referral to a community provider.
Five individual/couples counseling sessions per semester are provided at no charge for students enrolled in 6 or more credits. Additional charges do apply if you receive more than five sessions of individual counseling in a semester, psychological testing, specialty counseling services, or mandated substance abuse counseling. There is a $10 fee if you cancel your appointment on the day it’s scheduled and a $15 fee if you miss an appointment without notifying us that you will not attend.
We’re here for you! If you have any questions about our services, please stop by or give us a call.