The Counseling Center provides services to assist students in meeting their personal and mental health needs and goals. The Center offers a variety of services, free of charge including:
Drop-In Hours are available weekdays, providing an accessible means by which students can meet with a counselor at their convenience. All students who come to drop-in hours will see a counselor for a brief consultation to receive support, discuss concerns, and develop a plan to reach their goals.
Students should allow at least an hour when coming to Drop-In Hours for the first time. Students first complete a series of questionnaires that gather demographic information, mental health history and information about current concerns. These forms take about 20 minutes to complete. A counselor will then meet with the student for a 20-30 minute consultation to discuss the reason for their visit and to develop a plan to address their concerns. Students typically wait 10 minutes for the next available counselor; however, wait times vary depending on the volume of students seeking drop-in services. Please note that wait times tend to be shorter in the morning than in the afternoon. Drop in consultations are the way all students new to the Counseling Center begin their engagement in our services.
The Counseling Center offers a variety of mental health workshops designed to teach new skills and enhance resilience and well-being. All workshops are offered free to students at Homewood and Peabody, and ongoing involvement with the Counseling Center is not necessary. Additional information is available on our workshops sign-up page.
Groups enable students to explore issues with other students in a supportive environment. All Counseling Center groups are facilitated or co-facilitated by Counseling Center counselors.
Brief Goal-Focused Individual Therapy is a means by which students can explore a specific issue or address a specific mental health concern one-on-one with a trained counselor. Within this approach, the student and the counselor work collaboratively to establish a helpful and meaningful goal or set of goals that can be effectively targeted within a relatively small number of sessions. This process often involves breaking larger, more comprehensive goals, into smaller, more manageable yet also helpful and meaningful goals.
The Counseling Center does not have a specific limit to the number of sessions available to any individual student. Rather, our counselors strive to work effectively and efficiently with students seen in individual counseling. For context, it might be helpful to know that in 2018/19, the average number of individual sessions per student was just under 5 sessions, with 63% of students being seen from 1-5 sessions and 91% of students being seen for less than 16 sessions.
Brief therapy appointments are typically scheduled at weekly or bi-weekly intervals, depending on the presenting concerns and counselor availability.
Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Management services are available by one of our consulting psychiatrists when medication may assist in the treatment of a concern.
Referral Assistance is available to students who want to seek services in the community or whose needs are better addressed by off-campus mental health providers. This includes when a student wishes to pursue ongoing open-ended treatment or when they need more frequent or more specialized services than the Counseling Center provides.
Crisis Intervention Services are available 24/7 to the JHU community. Students can access urgent mental health services by contacting the Counseling Center. After hours, counselors are available to speak by phone with students about urgent concerns.
Accessing Counseling Center Services
All Students NEW to the Counseling Center:
All students begin their work with the Counseling Center through an Initial Consultation. No appointment is necessary for this initial consultation, just visit the Counseling Center at your convenience during our drop-in hours.
- Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 9–11 a.m. and 1–5 p.m.
- Wednesday: 3–5 p.m.
- Friday: 9–11 a.m. and 1–3:30 p.m.
Students who have been seen at the Counseling Center in the past:
Students who have been in brief individual therapy with a Counseling Center counselor in the past are welcome to meet with that counselor again, at a later point in time, to continue the initial work or to address a new issue. Simply call the CC to schedule an appointment with your previous counselor.
Students who have utilized our services in the past are also welcome to stop by the office during drop-in hours to talk with one of our counselors. If a student would prefer to work with a different counselor, they can come in during drop-in hours, discuss what services would best meet their needs and if brief individual therapy is recommended they can choose to work with and different counselor or return to their previous counselor if that person is available.
What to expect when you drop-in for services at the Counseling Center
When you drop-in to the Counseling Center, you will be meeting with a counselor for an initial consultation. You will be given a form to read which explains our services and you’ll complete several forms on a private computer that ask for basic demographic information as well as information about your concerns and history. You will then meet with one of the Counseling Center counselors to discuss your current concerns and create a mutually agreed upon plan to help you reach your goals. This plan could include services provided by the Counseling Center, a referral to other services at the University, or if services off campus would better meet your needs, we will provide referral coordination to help you connect with mental health providers in the community.
The wait time for an initial consultation will vary depending on the time of day that you choose to drop-in. During our morning drop-in hours, there are typically fewer students seeking services. If you arrive at the Counseling Center before the end of our drop-in hours, you will be seen by a counselor for an initial consultation.
How to get to the Counseling Center
The Counseling Center is located in the Homewood Apartment Building at 3003 N. Charles Street, Suite S-200. You will need your j-card to enter the building (or use the buzzer). Take the stairs or elevator, on your right as you enter the building, to the second floor. The Counseling Center entrance is directly off the elevator or stairwell.