Getting Started

Available services

Counseling Center offers counseling to currently enrolled Missouri State University students. Consultation and referral services are available to others. There are no fees or charges for counseling-related services. If you are a Missouri State University employee, please click here for more information.

Getting started

Getting started in counseling at MSU is easy! The first counseling session - called an Intake - consists of exploring the reasons why a student is seeking counseling, relevant personal history and the development of the student's goals for counseling. To schedule an intake, students may call the Counseling Center at 417-836-5116.

Rights

You have the right to:

  • ask questions and be informed about the nature of Counseling Center services.
  • a defined counseling goal mutually decided upon by you and your counselor.
  • be referred to another helping professional if you desire or if your concerns go beyond our expertise.

Responsibilities

You have the responsibility to:

  • be on time for appointments with your counselor.
  • inform the appointment secretary by phone as soon as possible if you cannot meet your appointment time.

Op5.04-1 Mission and Services (Eligibility)

The primary goal of the Counseling Center is to promote students' development and psychological well-being. Services are provided for individuals with personal-social concerns and life-planning issues. Experienced professional counselors, psychologists, social workers, and graduate students assist clients in resolving conflicts which may interfere with their progress at the University.

Op5.04-2 Confidentiality

All communication within the Counseling Center is confidential. No record of counseling is contained in any academic, educational, or job placement file. Information regarding the content of interviews or the results of testing can be released only with the written permission of the client. The exceptions to this policy are:

  1. when the information relates to clear and imminent danger to an individual
  2. when state law requires the reporting of information (threats of violence, child/elder abuse or neglect),
  3. when parental consent is required to provide services to a minor student, and
  4. when information is requested by court order.

Any disclosure in these situations will be made to an appropriate authority, and will be limited to material directly pertinent to the issue involved.