Psychological Services provides a broad range of confidential, individualized mental health of services provided by professional staff. Psychological Services is a warm and welcoming environment centrally located on the main SMC campus.
The primary mode of counseling is brief, individual counseling with the goal to improve functioning within the targeted areas of concern. Individual counseling sessions are typically 45-50 minutes and are scheduled with a specific staff clinician. Counseling is provided by licensed psychologists and advanced trainees under close supervision by the licensed staff.
If an individual counselor determines that more intensive or extensive treatment is required, a referral for additional services outside of SMC is provided.
Psychological Services will provide immediate intervention in crisis situations (e.g., assisting a student in need of hospitalization, gravely depressed students, and students who may be a harm to themselves or others).
Walk-in/crisis hours are set aside each day for students who feel they cannot wait for a regularly scheduled intake and are not experiencing a serious emergency, but who want to be seen the same day. Standing walk-in hours are now scheduled Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Fridays walk-in hours are 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Walk-in hours tend to fill quickly, and are available on a first-come first-served basis.
Community referrals to appropriate agencies are made for students in need of medication evaluations and/or long-term care beyond the scope of services provided by Psychological Services. Psychological Services collaborates with several community agencies, and students in need of specialized services (e.g., psychiatric medication, psychological testing, eating disorder program, domestic violence intervention) are referred to such agencies.
Psychological Services offers faculty, staff and administrators the opportunity to get assistance dealing with challenging students, difficult circumstances and disruptive situations involving students.
Alcohol and other Substance Abuse Program
A Substance Abuse Specialist is available through Psychological Services to provide consultation, presentations and workshops related to alcohol and other drug treatment, recovery support, and coping with family and academic issues resulting from addictive behaviors.