University Counseling Services

The Counseling Center is now open, and counselors are available to meet with students. We are strongly encouraging all clients to participate in remote sessions via Zoom rather than in-person sessions, in order to protect everyone's health. If you have any questions or are interested in setting up a counseling session, please email us at

**For help coping with the coronavirus, please click on "Self-Help Resources"

**For help locating counseling services in your area or accessing online services, please click on "Counseling for Regional and Online Students"

We Are Here to Help

The licensed mental health professionals in the Counseling Center are available to provide a variety of counseling services for Murray State students, including individual therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy. Due to the high demand for our services, clients are seen on a biweekly basis unless they are currently in crisis and need to be seen weekly on a short-term basis. The Counseling Center is open 8:00-4:30 Monday through Friday whenever the university is open. We have a counselor on call 9:00-3:00 Monday through Friday during the academic year to meet with walk-in clients or help with crisis situations. All services are free of charge

Emergency Information

In emergency situations after hours or on weekends or holidays, please call the Murray State 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
  • Lotus (formerly known as the 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


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Getting Started

Our procedure has changed from previous semesters. Rather than having students walk in to complete the initial paperwork, we are encouraging all students who are interested in counseling to email us at to request the link to the paperwork. These forms take approximately 30 minutes to complete. After we receive your completed forms, your case will be assigned to a counselor, who will contact you to schedule your first appointment.

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
  • LGBTQA+ concerns
  • Self-awareness and self-care
  • Public Speaking Anxiety Management


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,  department on campus,  or outside agency,  you must sign a written release permitting us to do so. No information will be transmitted to any other individual, agency, or department without your express permission, except as required by law to protect your safety or the safety of other individuals.

All staff members in the Counseling Center adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


We are located in Suite 104 in the Oakley Applied Science Building. Our building is across from John W. Carr Hall, 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. If students are interested in pursuing a medical evaluation regarding prescription medications used to treat mental health issues, we will refer them to appropriate local medical providers, or we may encourage them to speak with their family doctor at home. Students are responsible for ascertaining whether their health insurance plans cover these prescription services.

The Counseling Center does not provide letters for students who are seeking Emotional Support Animals (also known as Comfort Animals). Students will need to find outside providers to write those letters.

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. Please help us promote a safe and supportive campus.

Services for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff and their family members are eligible to receive free counseling services through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered through Human Resources. Employees can contact the Wayne Corporation directly at 800.441.1327 or visit their website at 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.

Three Centers Available on Campus

See information about the three Centers on campus that offer free and confidential counseling services.

Download Counseling Informational Guide

Mission Statement

The mission of University Counseling Services is for trained professionals in the Counseling Center and in the Testing Center to provide services that enhance the well-being, growth, and development of Murray State students. Through mental health services, testing services, consultation, education, and advocacy, our offices work toward encouraging and upholding a positive and cooperative campus environment that promotes the retention and graduation of all students.

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