MCTC Counseling Services is one of the many resources available to you through the Student Support Center. We realize that college can be a time of new beginnings and excitement as well as a time of transition, uncertainty, and change. If you are experiencing difficulties in your life and/or academics, we encourage you to meet with a counselor where you can discuss issues of concern as well as your personal and academic goals. This free and confidential service may include:
- Individual Counseling
The most common form of counseling is individual, where you meet with a counselor for about 50 minutes. During the initial meeting, the counselor will ask questions about your concerns to gain a better understanding of you and your issues. If you and the counselor agree that additional sessions would be helpful, you can continue to meet to explore concerns, feelings, and options in more depth, and develop and improve your coping skills. *Note that referrals to both on-campus and off-campus resources may be a part of the individual counseling process.
- Crisis Counseling
In mental health terms, a crisis refers not to a traumatic event or experience, but to how an individual responds to the situation. Crisis counseling is intended to be brief and focus on minimizing the stress of an event. Our counselors will make every effort to accommodate your urgent needs.
- Group Counseling
In group counseling, students have the opportunity to discuss topics and issues that concern them in a confidential, small group setting with the assistance of a counselor. At different times throughout the academic year, groups may be initiated either around general concerns or various themes or issues. For more information, please visit the Student Support Center.
In addition, Counseling Services are involved with programming efforts on a variety of mental health topics throughout the year. Examples include speakers, mental health resource fairs, as well as depression screening. Be sure to stop by the Student Support Center to find out what is planned this semester!
Some reasons you may want counseling:
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- Life balance issues
- Relationship concerns
- Sexual orientation
- Stress management
- Substance abuse
- Time management
- Transition to college
A note about confidentiality
All information you share with a counselor is kept confidential. In other words, the conversations you have with your counselor will be kept private.
Exceptions to this policy include:
- If you voice a desire to hurt yourself or someone else
- If your counseling records are court-ordered by a government official (e.g. a judge)
- If you report abuse or neglect of a minor (individual under the age of 18 years old) or a vulnerable adult
- Professional consultation
Who We Are
There are two professionally trained counselors available to help students at MCTC:
Michelle Mucha, M.S. Counselor Education
- Joined MCTC in March 2016
- 15 years of counseling experience in public and private institutions in both high school and college level settings
- Passion – Working with people in their time of need and helping them to move forward from their difficulties to the place they want to be
Melissa Schultz, M.A. Counseling & Psychological Services
- Joined MCTC in July 2015
- 17+ years of higher education experience including: counseling, teaching, academic advising, diversity, admissions, student activities & international student services
- Passion – Supporting students as they deal with the tough issues that bring them in for counseling, while helping them to identify strengths as well as develop skills and support so they are able to pursue their academic and personal goals
Schedule an appointment
To schedule an appointment with a counselor, please visit the Student Support Center in T.2300 or call our appointment line at 612-659-6709.
Thursdays | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Beginning Jan. 12, 2017, Counseling Services offers walk-in hours to assist students with quick and pressing issues, in addition to providing an opportunity for a brief assessment prior to a future appointment. Walk-in sessions typically last 15-20 minutes and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit us in T.2300 or call us at 612-659-6709.
Online Mental Health Screening
The MCTC Counseling Services is offering an Online Mental Health Screening to all students that is free, anonymous, and confidential. Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional—they are a checkup from your neck up.
Screenings are available for the following mental health concerns: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Generalized Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, and Eating Disorders. Immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.
If you have any questions related to the screenings or need additional information, please contact Counseling Services located in the Student Support Center (T.2300) or call us at 612-659-6709.
Take the Online Mental Health Screening