College life can be very challenging and is often stressful. Students experience those challenges in a number of different ways. Many students feel anxious, scared, depressed, confused, or overwhelmed at some point during their college experience and need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem beyond their control. For many college students, help can be found through counseling. Counseling is a process where you can talk to an objective listener who can help you identify more effective strategies to cope with difficult situations and to achieve your goals.
Students often feel anxious about seeking counseling. You might worry that it is a sign of weakness or an indication that there is something seriously wrong. However, you don't have to be in crisis or have a serious mental illness to benefit from counseling. Most people who seek counseling are struggling with normal life events that we all
Individual counseling is a collaborative effort between you and your counselor. We want to provide an open, supportive and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you and to help foster your growth in body, mind
Here are some common concerns that bring students to counseling:
- Symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression
- Chronic illness
- College adjustment issues, such as homesickness, academic problems or test anxiety
- Interpersonal difficulties, including family problems and romantic relationship concerns
- Challenges with assertiveness and self-confidence
- Bereavement and grief related to a major loss, such as death or parental divorce
- Questions or exploration
aboutidentity, self-image, sexuality or gender
- Religious or spiritual issues
- Concerns about body image, food, eating or weight
- Experience with sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, abuse or other trauma
- Thoughts of suicide, death or hurting others
- Harmful behaviors like drug or alcohol abuse or self-harm (cutting, burning, etc.)
Counseling services are available for any students currently enrolled at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Services are confidential, free of charge and completely separate from your academic record.
Any information you share during your session will be treated with the strictest confidentiality as allowed by law. In accordance with ethical and legal standards, this information will not be disclosed to anyone without your written consent, except in very specific circumstances as required by law.
Setting Up An Appointment
The Counseling Center is located on the fourth floor of the Recreation and Student Center.
To schedule an initial appointment, please complete the online intake form. Upon completion of the form, you will be contacted via email to set up your first appointment.
Learn more about counseling services at the College using the expandable menu below.
Please contact your counselor as soon as possible when you become aware that you cannot come to your appointment so that we can open up your time slot for another student. You may choose to contact the Counseling Center staff via phone or email about such matters as rescheduling or canceling an appointment. You can leave a message on the voicemail if you are calling outside of business hours. Please keep in mind that staff may not check their email regularly or may inadvertently miss your email message altogether. Also, email is subject to interception and is not considered reliably confidential.
Michelle Hastings, M.Ed., Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Hastings completed her doctoral internship at the University of Texas
Office: Recreation and Student Center, Fourth Floor
If you are in crisis, such as having thoughts of suicide, or if you are a faculty or staff member that is concerned about a student during regular business hours, please contact Dr. Michelle Hastings, director of the counseling center, Rebecca Jones, assistant vice president for student affiars, or another student affairs staff member directly in person, via email, or phone immediately. If you are unable to reach a counselor or student affairs staff member please contact campus security at 314.446.SAFE (7233).
After normal business hours, students can call the Life Crisis Hotline at 314.647.4357 to talk to someone. If you are a student or a faculty member who needs immediate help while on campus, please call campus security at 314.446.SAFE (7233). Security is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the case of a life-threatening emergency on or off campus please dial 911.
Emergency mental health care services can also be provided for students at St. Mary’s Hospital. You can check-in online before you arrive which will speed up your check-in process.
St. Mary’s Hospital
6420 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117
(close to the intersection of Clayton Road and Highway 40)
Hours: 24 hours/7 days a week
If you would like to have a psychiatric evaluation or a pharmacological consultation with a psychiatrist or a general practitioner, the College has partnered with SLU Student Health Center to provide these services.
SLU Student Health Center is located on the ground floor of Marchetti Towers East, 3518 Laclede Avenue. The phone number to make an appointment is 314.977.2323. If you do not have transportation, campus security can provide a ride to and from campus. Please note that, although the College has arranged for students to access to these services, you will be still be required to use your personal health insurance and you will be billed for appropriate co-pays or additional fees at the time of service.
If you would like to have an assessment for IQ, learning disability, ADD or ADHD, or LD components, there are resources in the St. Louis area that offer these services.
Epworth Children & Family Services
520 Natural Bridge Road
Normandy, MO 63121
The phone number to make an appointment is 314.222.4460.
There is a $125/hour charge for these services. However, the services are free for those who reside in St. Louis County and are under 20 years old.
UMSL Community Psychological Services
One University Boulevard
232 Stadler Hall
St. Louis, MO 63121
12837 Flushing Meadows, Suite 220
Town and Country, MO 63131
The phone number to make an appointment at either location is 314.516.5824.
There is a charge for these services based on income. However, the services are free for those who reside in St. Louis County and are under 20 years old.
St. Louis University Psychological Services Clinic (PSC)
Morrissey Hall, Suite 1200
3700 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO, 63103
The phone number to make an appointment is 314.977.2278.
The Counseling Center is dedicated to creating an open and welcoming environment that is safe for everyone we serve and with whom we interact. We celebrate the diversity of our campus and our community and strive for multicultural competency and inclusion in all of our work.
Our counseling staff offers presentations to classes and student organizations on a variety of issues involving mental health and diversity issues. To request a presentation, contact Dr. Michelle Hastings, director of the counseling center, at email@example.com or 314.446.8338.
Please submit requests at least two weeks before the desired presentation date and we will try our best to accommodate your needs. Some topics that might be of interest: a brief overview and Q & A session about counseling services, stress management, grief and loss in practice.
Support groups can serve as an alternative to individual counseling. The power of being in a group can lead to feeling less isolated and offers the chance to learn from peer interaction. You might be hesitant to be part of a group but most students find it to be a very positive and satisfying experience. New groups will form each semester. Please contact the counseling center for a list of groups and to discuss joining. Topics of interest include disordered eating, perfectionism and anxiety.
Faculty, staff, residence hall personnel and students often encounter distressed students and can play a crucial role in identifying those who could benefit from counseling services. Students who exhibit a combination of these symptoms or behaviors over a sustained period of time should be of particular concern, and it may be beneficial to refer them to counseling:
- Sudden deterioration in academic work, frequent absences or tardiness, inappropriate or disruptive classroom behavior, papers with themes of distress
- Dependency, for example, the student makes excessive appointments to see you
- Listlessness, lack of energy, falling asleep in class
- Coming to class intoxicated or high
- References to death or suicide, expressions of hopelessness
- Physical changes, especially sudden weight loss or deteriorating personal hygiene
- Withdrawal, isolation from others
- Inability to make decisions despite your attempts to clarify and encourage
- Excessive somatic complaints
- High irritability, angry outbursts
- Bizarre or strange behavior, such as unexplained crying, hearing voices, disorganized thinking, blatantly inappropriate comments or questions in class
- Over-reaction to criticism or mistakes
- Visible signs of depression or anxiety
Pharmacy students and professionals have the unique position to work with patients who may be at risk for suicide. Many patients may suffer from mental health disorders, such as Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, or drug abuse or addiction disorders. Education, research, and training in suicide prevention for pharmacists is imperative so that they are aware of the warning signs that high-risk patients may exhibit. Their work environments, such as chain pharmacies, independent pharmacies, nursing homes, hospitals, and other environments where pharmaceutical care is provided, put pharmacists in a strategic position in suicide prevention. To find out more about the role of pharmacists in suicide prevention, visit pharmacistspreventingsuicides.com.
In addition, Ask-Listen-Refer is a state-wide initiative that provides a brief online suicide prevention training program for campuses across the state of Missouri. This program provides information about identifying those at risk, warning signs you may see, protective factors, how to respond and local resources available. Visit asklistenrefer.org/stlcop for more information on the Ask-Listen-Refer initiative.
For more information about counseling services or the topics listed above, contact Dr. Michelle Hastings, director of the counseling center at 314.446.8338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.