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.
Lifeline Crisis Chat
(Please note this is not affiliated with the MICA Counseling Center.)
What is Lifeline Crisis Chat? "Lifeline Crisis Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in partnership with CONTACT USA. It is the first service of its kind where crisis centers across the United States have joined together to form one national chat network that can provide online emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services. The chat specialists are here to listen and support you through whatever difficult times you may be facing." Click here to be taken to the site.
Fall and Spring Hours at Student Counseling
The Counseling Center hours for the Fall and Spring semesters of the 2015-16 Academic Year:
Monday through Thursday: 9:00am to 6:00pm and Fridays: 8:30am to 4:30pm. The Crisis Walk-in Hour remains at it's usual time of 3:00pm to 4:00pm and is available Monday through Friday.
(Please note that our office is closed between 1:00 and 2:00pm for lunch.)
RIO is a three week workshop that focuses on Recognition, Insight, and Openness. It was specifically designed to help people with their emotional concerns. Read more here. Stop in to talk with one of our counselors about signing up for RIO! Three weeks - One session per week - One hour session.
Relationship Troubles? Read this article by Mark Manson on 6 TOXIC RELATIONSHIP HABITS MOST PEOPLE THINK ARE NORMAL
For Parents! Click here to view the powerpoint used during orientation on the services provided by the Wellness Team.
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, Thursday: 9:00 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.
- Lifeline Crisis Chat (crisis and suicide prevention): www.crisischat.org
Hotline Phone Numbers
- Suicide Hotline: 1.800.SUICIDE (784.2433)
- Suicide Hotline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
- Grassroots Crisis Hotline: 410.531.6677
- Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline: 410.663.1922
- Alcohol & Drug Abuse Hotline: 1.800.662.HELP (4357)
- Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. (BCRI): 410.433.5175
- National Rape Crisis Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)
- Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline: 1.800.422.0009
- Poison Control & Any Substance: 1.800.222.1222
- The Trevor Project - LGBTQ: 1.866.488.7386
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
- www.rainn.org - Rape, abuse + incest national network
- recovery.org - Addiction recovery resources
- www.learnpsychology.org/college-students-and-mental-health/ - Guide to College Student Mental Health
Sexual Assault Resources
Click here to be directed to the MICA page regarding Sexual Assault policy and procedures.
The Sexual Assault Resource document contains local and national resources.