Who can use the Counseling Center’s services?
We offer free counseling services to students enrolled for at least six credit hours
in the current Spring or Fall semester. Spring and Fall semester students can come
to counseling in the Summer without taking Summer classes. Students can walk in Monday
– Friday between 10 am and 2 pm to get the ball rolling and meet with Center staff.
During this first brief visit to the Center, staff creates a file for the student,
assigns them to a counselor, and schedules the first appointment for that student
with their counselor. Typically, students return for a meeting with their assigned
counselor within a week. Thereafter, you can schedule your appointments directly
with your counselor.
What types of problems do students bring to counseling?
There is no problem too large or too small to bring to counseling: worries about grades,
relationship problems, depression, family concerns, learning challenges, crisis support
needs – you name it. We are here for you.
What kind of support is there for GLBT students or students that are just beginning
to explore issues related to their sexuality?
The SafeZone Program at the U of M exists to support gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender,
intersexed, and questioning U of M students, faculty and staff. The SafeZone works
to educate the entire campus community on concerns relating to GLBTIQ issues. For
more information, see http://www.memphis.edu/safezone)
How do I go about getting an appointment?
Come in to 214 Wilder Tower, any day between 10 am and 2 pm. Walk-ins are seen during
these times and a counselor is selected to meet during times that work for the student's
schedule according to counselor availability. After a client is assigned a counselor,
appointments can be made or canceled by phone. Your first time in gets the ball rolling.
No appointment is necessary for that one; just come in Monday – Friday between 10
am and 2 pm.
Do I need my student ID to make an appointment?
Students may be asked to show a valid student ID or simply provide their their student
“U” number when they come in the first time. If you don’t have your ID with you, we
can likely access it online.
Is there a fee for counseling?
No! We offer free counseling services to students enrolled for at least six credit
hours in the current Spring or Fall semester. Spring and Fall semester students can
come to counseling in the Summer without taking Summer classes. Students can walk
in Monday – Friday between 10 am and 2 pm to get the ball rolling and meet with Center
How do I arrange career testing?
Call 901-678-5305 or come in Monday – Friday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to discuss
your interest with a counselor. Counseling is free, but additional help can be obtained
by taking tests available through our office (The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI
and the Strong Interest Inventory). These tests cost $20 each. After completing the
test(s), students schedule a follow-up appointment to review the results with a counselor.
I'm not a student. Can I seek career counseling/testing?
Career counseling for NON-students is available for a one-time fee of $75.00. We ask
that this be paid before the first session. It covers all career services provided
by the Center for non-students, including counseling, career assessments and printouts.
How do I get tested for Learning Disorders?
Due to heavy demand, there is a Wait List for this testing. To be put on the list,
students should come in between 10 am and 2 pm. A counselor will meet with you to
learn about your concerns and make sure you sign up for the appropriate testing.
It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks after this initial visit to be tested. The testing process
usually requires two 2-hour sessions, with a follow-up visit to review the results.
Is there a fee for Learning Disorder testing?
There is a $200 fee payable before testing begins. Only enrolled U of M students
are eligible for this testing.
How do I sign up for the Alcohol/Drug Education Program if I've been mandated by the
Judicial and Ethical Programs Office?
Come in to the Counseling Center at 214 Wilder Tower Monday – Friday between 10:00
am and 2:00 pm. Subsequent appointments are made according to the requirements of
the Student Conduct mandate, and are usually made in the counselor's office. These
appointments are usually one on one with an assigned counselor. That counselor determines
the total number of sessions to be completed. Once completed, a letter of notification
of completion is sent to the Student Conduct Office.
What is group counseling? Do I have to talk if I don't want to? Is it confidential?
Group counseling offers students an opportunity to connect with their peers. We offer
a variety of group counseling opportunities during the school year. Topics vary and
include areas of interest and support needs including stress and anxiety, multicultural
concerns, and relationship challenges. Group counseling is a great way to develop
personal awareness and to connect with peers working with the same issues. Members
are encouraged to participate, but no one is forced to say more than they are comfortable
with. Group leaders are professional and experienced in creating a safe and confidential
What kinds of groups are available?
It varies, semester by semester. Previous groups have included Shyness Group, Women's
Support Group, Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Support Group, and African-American Women's
Support Group, as well as a Bi-Polar Disorder Support Group. Time-limited groups (10
sessions or less) have also been available and have included Assertiveness, Career
Development, and Substance Abuse Education groups. Every semester we introduce new
topics that we think might interest students. We’re always open to new ideas, so
feel free to suggest one!
How do I apply for a counseling practicum at the Center?
Applications are available in 214 Wilder Tower or on this website.
What is the Relaxation Zone?
Our new Relaxation Zone is available to students Monday-Friday. It is a place for
students to relax and unwind. We offer reclining massage chairs, a biofeedback computer
station, and individual and small group instruction (“Wellness Breaks”) on a variety
of wellness skills like Mindfulness, The Natural Breath, and Introduction to Meditation.
We are excited about the Zone and continue to invest in making it an oasis for U of
- The Relaxation Zone is open 9:00 – 4:00 Monday-Friday.
- Participating in counseling is NOT required to indulge in the relaxation resources
available in the Zone. However, we do ask that you attend one orientation session
before you use the special resources here. Orientation sessions are conducted several
times a week or by appointment.
- Please call or stop by the center to sign up for an orientation session as well as
future “Wellness Breaks”.