MICA's Counseling Center offers the following free services: individual, group, family and couples counseling, stress reduction through meditation, guided imagery, exercise and nutrition. Our counselors are highly trained and experienced and are able to work with students who are suffering from adjustment disorders, clinical depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bi-polar disorder, drug and alcohol problems as well as dealing with all types of crisis intervention such as sexual assault, suicide, bereavement and accidents. We also have a list of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers in private practice in the Baltimore community if a student would like to be referred off-campus or requires more in-depth counseling than we are able to provide.
Student Counseling: Summer 2013
Counseling services will be available from May 23, 2013 to August 2, 2013 between the hours of 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday, and are by appointment only. Walk-in hours and after hours On-Call services are not available during summer.
Please call 410.225.2367 to schedule an appointment.
Access to Counseling
MICA Graduate + Undergraduates who are:
- Registered for Summer Classes at MICA, or
- Registered in Low-Residency programs
Pre-College: Although Pre-College students are not able to be seen by Student Counseling, Faculty and Staff from the program may request consultation with regard to students of concern.
Summer and Low-Residency: Summer Faculty + Staff working with students registered in MICA summer classes and Low-Residency programs may request consultation with regards to students of concern.
If you are experiencing psychological emergencies during this time, please go to your closest hospital emergency room or Call 911 or contact Campus Safety for assistance at 443.423.3333.
In the online Wellness Corner you can try some relaxation and stress-reduction exercises, read information on mental health and general wellness, and explore some links to more mindfulness resources.
The following links contain information to help with coping with crisis and tragedy in our lives:
- Asking for Help
- Psychological First Aid
- Teachers Helping Students
- Supporting Yourself and Others
- Important Considerations in Helping Others
Wellness Center . 1501 Mount Royal Avenue . Lower Level
Hours - Fall + Spring Semesters:
- Monday . Tuesday . Wednesday - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Thursday . Friday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Walk In Hour . Monday - Friday - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
(Walk-Ins are on a first-come, first-serve basis are generally 15-20 minutes in length to accomodate as many students as possible.)
To make an appointment, please call: 410.225.2367
Student Counseling Services Staff:
- Patricia Farrell, MSW, LCSW-C, Director and Licensed Psychotherapist
- Joseph Kachik, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Counselor
- Andrea Rackowski, LCSW, Licensed Psychotherapist
The Counseling Center staff also serve as a liaison to Student Health Services (410.225.4118).
How and when to refer a student to counseling:
At times everyone feels stressed out, depressed, angry, anxious or confused. Sometimes a good friend or relative can help. However there are times when these problems do not go away or become overwhelming. These are the times when a student should seek professional help.
If you or someone you know has been...
- drinking too much or taking drugs (illegal/or abusing prescribed drugs)
- eating or sleeping differently
- feeling helpless or hopeless
- having dramatic mood swings
- so anxious, afraid or depressed that everyday activities & relationships have been affected
- performing poorly at work or school
- physically, sexually or emotionally abused
- experiencing a crisis or stressful event, like a death in the family, a divorce, or the break-up of a relationship
- thinking about suicide or using self-harming behaviors to calm down
...then talking to a professional counselor may be just the choice to make.
It is always best if the person needing counseling makes the call him or herself. By taking the initiative the person is taking the first step to increased feelings of well being and health.
How to get help if a student is in immediate danger of hurting self/other:
If a student is in immediate danger of hurting him/herself or others, reports feeling severe depression or hearing voices or seeing things that others do not see:
- Dial 911 and request immediate assistance.
- If the student lives on campus, you may call Campus Safety on its 24 hour emergency line at (443) 423-3333 for further assistance.
Hotline Phone Numbers
- Suicide Hotline: Baltimore: 410.828.6390
- Suicide Hotline: National: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
- Grassroots Crisis Hotline (Any Crisis): 410.531.6677
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.4673
- AIDS Hotline: 1.800.342.AIDS (2437)
- Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline: 410.663.1922
- Alcohol & Drug Abuse Helpline: 1.800.234.0420
- Poison Control ‑ Any Substance: 1.800.662.9886
- National Gay/Lesbian Hotline: Baltimore: 410.837.8888
- National Gay/Lesbian Hotline: National: 1.888.843.4564
Web Site Links
- suicidepreventionlifeline.org - National suicide prevention support
- ulifeline.org - Suicide prevention resource specific to students (JED Foundation)
- baltimoreaa.org - Alcoholics Anonymous . 12 steps; 12 traditions; meetings
- freestatena.org - Maryland/Baltimore Narcotics Anonymous information, meetings
- lifeline.org - Mental health library, drug database & self evaluation resource
- wright-counseling.com/safezone - Information about coming out at college
- outproud.org/brochure - Information about coming out to your parents
- niagra.edu/misa/newsite/cultureshock.asp - International students coping with culture shock
- www.rainn.org - Rape, abuse + incest national network
Healthy Resources and Links