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 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.
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
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Initial paperwork is done on a walk-in basis 9:00-3:00 Monday through Friday during
the academic year. These forms take approximately 30 minutes to complete. An on-call
counselor will also meet with you at that time and will answer any questions you may
have. A counselor will contact you to schedule your first appointment after your paperwork
is complete and your case has been assigned.
- Adjusting to new situations
- Managing stress
- Anxiety, fear, nervousness
- Poor anger control
- 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 federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
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
Services for Faculty and Staff
Three Centers Available on Campus
See information about the three Centers on campus that offer free and confidential counseling services.
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.