University Counseling Services

We Are Here to Help 

The licensed mental health professionals in the Counseling Center are available to provide a variety of counseling services for MSU students, including individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. The Counseling Center is open 8:00 - 4:30 Monday through Friday whenever the university is open. We have a counselor on call 8:00 - 3:00 daily during the academic year (11:00 - 3:00 during the summer) to help with emergency situations. All services are free of charge

Emergency Information

In emergency situations after hours or on weekends or holidays, please call MSU Police at 270-809-2222 or 911.

The following outside resources are also available for immediate assistance when the Counseling Center is closed:

  • Regional Crisis Line: 800-592-3980
  • National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: 741-741
  • Purchase Area Sexual Assault Center: 800-928-7273

Contact Information

 University Counseling Services
 Angie Trzepacz, Ph.D., Director
 C104 Oakley Applied Science Building
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Phone 270-809-6851
msu.counselingcenter@murraystate.edu

 
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Getting Started

Initial paperwork is done on a walk-in basis 8:00 - 3:00 Monday through Friday during the academic year (11:00 - 3:00 Monday through Friday during the summer months). These forms take approximately 30 minutes to complete. An on-call counselor will be available to meet with you at that time and answer any questions. A counselor will contact you to schedule your first appointment after your paperwork is complete and your case has been assigned.

Common Issues

  • Adjusting to new situations
  • Depression
  • Managing stress
  • Homesickness
  • Anxiety, fear, nervousness
  • Poor anger control
  • Grief
  • Eating and body image issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Social issues
  • Family problems
  • Asperger’s Disorder
  • Crisis intervention
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma recovery, as in situations of rape or abuse
  • Diversity and cultural issues
  • LGBT concerns
  • Self-awareness and self-care
  • Public Speaking Anxiety Management

Confidentiality

Your discussions with your counselor and any paperwork you complete are treated confidentially by the Center. Your records are NOT part of your academic or administrative records. If you would like us to share any information with another person or agency, you must sign a written release permitting us to do so. No information will be transmitted to any other individual or agency without the express permission of the client, except as required by law.

 All staff members in the Counseling Center adhere to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

 Location

We are located in Suite 104 in the Oakley Applied Science Building. Our building is across from Carr Health, between Blackburn and Old Fine Arts. We are in the center of the building, on the first floor.

Limitations Regarding Our Services

The Counseling Center does not perform court-ordered or court-mandated counseling or assessment. We also do not provide primary substance-abuse treatment.

 The Counseling Center does not provide prescription services. We will refer students who may require a medical evaluation for prescription medications used in the treatment of mental illness to Health Services or appropriate local medical providers. Students are responsible for ascertaining whether their health insurance plans cover these prescription services.

Concerns About Other Individuals

If you would like to report concerns about other individuals on campus, please contact our Student Intervention Team using this link: SIT Report. The team's purpose is to collect, track, and evaluate reports from all parts of campus concerning students who may pose a threat to their own safety and/or the safety of others. Students and faculty can do their part by reporting concerns on the Student Intervention Team website. Help us to promote a safe and supportive campus.

 Services for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff and their family members are now eligible to receive free counseling services through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered through Human Resources. You can contact the Wayne Corporation directly at 1-800-441-1327 or visit their website at www.waynecorp.com. If you have questions, you can also contact Human Resources (270-809-2146)  to ask about the services provided or the process to access them.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Counseling Center is for specially trained and licensed mental health counselors to provide services that enhance the growth and development of all our students. Through counseling, consultation, education, and advocacy, the Counseling Center aims to assist the entire campus community in the development of a mental health environment that is conducive to the retention and graduation of all students. 

 

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