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Student Counseling Services

The Counseling Center is here to help students make a positive adjustment to college life so that they can have the best possible learning and growing experiences during their years at MICA.

Why Counseling?

Upsetting events, normal developmental challenges, difficulty adjusting to the demands of art college, emotional crises and mental health problems are some of the reasons students may come to the Counseling Center.

How does it work?

The Counseling Center (CC) staff is highly experienced in assisting students with these difficulties. In doing so, the CC staff will provide an assessment of the problem, collaborate with the student in establishing goals, and offer a thoughtful strategy to achieve these goals. MICA counseling services are available to any student enrolled in a full-time undergraduate, graduate or post-bac program.

The Counseling Center offers the following services: individual, group, family and couples counseling, and stress reduction through meditation. We also have psychiatric appointments available one afternoon per week. We offer training and outreach to students, faculty and staff. 

Individual counseling sessions are limited to 7 per semester/14 sessions per academic year. Sessions are typically scheduled every other week. Counseling groups do not have a session limit and are not included in the overall 14 session limit. Student Counseling will provide referrals for services off-campus if it is determined that the student's needs are outside of the Center's scope of practice. Student Counseling does not provide services during holidays or when the college or CC is closed.

All Student Counseling services are free, confidential and do not require a referral.

Coping with Crisis and Tragedy

The following links contain information to help with coping with crisis and tragedy in our lives:


Wellness Center, 1501 Mount Royal Avenue, Lower Level

Hours - Fall + Spring Semesters:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 
  • Crisis Walk In Hour:  Monday - Friday  - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm  

You do not need to have a scheduled appointment to come in during the crisis walk-in hour. During this hour we operate on a first-come, first-serve basis and sessions are generally 15-20 minutes in length to accommodate as many students as possible. 

This provides the opportunity for students who have experienced a traumatic event* a time to quickly get in to see a counselor.  Please do not hesitate to come in during this hour even if you are unsure about your level of crisis. As always, this service is free to all undergraduate and graduate students in degree programs at MICA.

*If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or are tempted to act on those thoughts, immediately get to the counseling office anytime during open office hours, or call Campus Safety at 443.423.3333, or call 911, or get to your nearest hospital emergency room.


To make an appointment, please call:  410.225.2367

Student Counseling Services Staff:

  • Patricia Farrell, MSW, LCSW-C, Director and Licensed Psychotherapist
  • Andrea Rackowski, LCSW-C, Licensed Psychotherapist
  • Andrea Regenberg, LCSW-C, Liscensed Psychotherapist
  • Dr. Michael Torres, M.D., Consulting Psychiatrist

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

*If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or are tempted to act on those thoughts, immediately get to the Counseling Center anytime during open office hours, or call Campus Safety at 443.423.3333, or call 911, or get to your nearest hospital emergency room.

This page was last updated on 09/14/2016.