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Counseling Center

Melissa Hutchinson, Interim Director

Frank Kuo, Associate Director

Foust Hall 102; 989-774-3381

To make an appointment, call 989-774-3381. Hours are 8 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Counseling Center’s website ( provides information on center services, counselors, student support groups, community resources, confidential on-line mental health screening, emergency services, and links to a variety of mental health information, including self-help resources and suggestions on how to assist others. Free confidential individual and group counseling services are provided on the Mount Pleasant campus to currently enrolled CMU students dealing with various issues and concerns that may negatively impact academic success, interpersonal relationships, health, or safety. Services are provided by licensed professional counselors, psychologists, social workers, and trainees (advanced graduate students in various counseling-related graduate programs). Counseling Center services include: short-term/time limited individual counseling, group counseling, consultation and referral for (1) dealing with personal issues such as an urgent situation or crisis, safety, anxiety, depression, loneliness, transition to college, identity, alcohol/drug abuse, eating concerns, stress management, relationship concerns, couples concerns, family stress, loss, relapse prevention, sexual orientation, strengthening coping skills, and personal growth and development; (2) improving academic success by reducing stress and focused anxiety (e.g., test, math, speech), and learning time management skills; and (3) assisting primary and secondary survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and harassment. Group counseling services are designed to address many topics and vary from semester to semester depending upon students’ needs. Other Counseling Center services include providing consultation and referral information for students, parents, faculty, and staff; groups and workshops; limited in-service training; limited outreach programs; referral to on-campus and off-campus agencies and services; providing a supervised practicum or internship site for psychology, counselor education, and social work students; and selected mental health screening. Regularly scheduled appointments and same day/urgent appointments are available. When calling the Counseling Center to schedule an appointment, please specify what type of appointment best meets your needs and contact the center as early in the day as possible. Crisis assistance is provided 24 hours a day by Listening Ear (989-772-2918), National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255), Crisis Text Line (text START to 741-741), Women’s Aid Services (989-773-0078) and Community Mental Health for Central Michigan (989-772-5938). In an emergency situation dial 911 or call CMU Police 989-774-3081.

Residence Life Counselors in Residence

Counseling assistance may also be obtained through Counselors in Residence who work in offices at various residence hall locations. Counselors in Residence may be contacted in the:

  • East Area Student Success Center (989-774-1879)
  • North Area Student Success Center (989-774-3947)
  • South Area Student Success Center (989-774-3089)
  • Towers Student Success Center (989-774-6601)

Sponsored by the Office of Residence Life, the Counselors in Residence program places licensed professional counselors and/or social workers directly in the residence halls. Their mission is to provide staff consultation, support, crisis intervention, and proactive prevention efforts addressing mental health issues, and to act as a bridge to partner offices supporting the personal growth and academic progress of students.