Welcome to Counseling & Testing Services
To our MTSU students
There is no question we are living in a time of unprecedented uncertainty – it is unlike anything we have ever experienced before, and each of us are doing our best to navigate this new normal. MTSU Counseling Services remains fully committed to the emotional health and wellness of our students during this time. We’re still here for you!
Two-Week Mindfulness Workshop - see flyer for more info
- Cope with stress, pain and everyday challenges
- Be fully present and alive in this moment
Self-Care During Social DistancingCreated by Caroline Xiong, MTSU Community and Public Health Major
Anxiety Management Workshop Video
Check out this online video that one of our staff Counselors, Jo Christian, LPC-MHSP, created. This 40 minute video will teach you:
- why we experience anxiety
- help you identify unhelpful thinking styles
- teach you how to combat them
- provide suggestions for self-care
Tips for Staying Mentally and Emotionally Healthy
Here are some tips to help you stay mentally & emotionally healthy while at the same time protecting everyone’s physical health through social distancing:
- Stay connected while social distancing. Call or message people. Try out Netflix Party or a multiplayer game. Remember, we are all in this together. Be sure you are having contact with another human on a daily basis. We love our pets, but we need human interaction too. Create a routine. This will be especially helpful for the remainder of the semester. Pick a time to wake up and get up, and then take a shower (another tip: maintain hygiene! We will all feel better…) Go on a daily walk, have a 2 pm cup of tea. Keep regular mealtimes and identify when you are going to be studying and when you are going to be playing.
- Play. Find ways to have fun. Find joy or humor every day. If you are struggling with being creative, you can cheat and watch a funny movie. Some of the late-night comedians have free “at home” versions of their shows on YouTube.
- Cut back on your media intake. This includes social media and news sources. You do not need to know about it the instant something happens. Identify when media intake is on your schedule and get updated only during that time. Also, please pay attention to the tone of your media intake. Some of our media outlets stroke anxiety and some of our media outlets are more calming and reassuring. Choose wisely.
- Exercise. Move that body. Try it. We promise you’ll feel a little better. If you’re not the exercising type, all good. Be creative. Go for a nature walk, ride a skateboard, make up new dance moves. Just move your body.
- Go outside. Weather permitting, this will be your best pick-me-up all day. Pay attention to your thinking patterns. If you’re not able to gain perspective or to find the positive, remember that MTSU Counseling Services is available and happy to help you out with that. Which brings me to the next tip….
- Know your resources and use them. Really, your MTSU community wants to wrap its big blue arms around you and support you. If you need help, ask someone. If you don’t know where to start, ask your favorite person to talk to on campus and they will direct you to the right person. And, we in Counseling Services are happy to help you navigate those resources too.
- Finally, practice kindness and patience. Information is changing daily and often we don’t know what is coming next - and that is okay. We are all in this together and we will make it through. Most of us are doing our work in brand new ways. Practice patience and kindness with your parents FaceTiming you and with your professor learning to use Zoom. Practice patience with a younger sibling who is finished with their schoolwork in two hours flat. Most importantly, practice kindness and patience with yourself.
Our hope here at MTSU Counseling Services is that each of you are healthy, in a safe place, and surrounded by those you love. We understand this is a stressful time and we are here to support you. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at (615) 898-2670. We are here to help and together we will get through this!
MTSU Counseling Services
We’re still here for you! MTSU Counseling Services remains fully committed to the emotional health and wellness of our students during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with recommendations for social distancing, appointments are being shifted to HIPAA-compliant telemental health consult sessions or telephone for the remainder of Spring 2020.
- In order to maximize our ability to see as many students as possible during this challenging time, we will limit the number of clients we accept for on-going, weekly sessions. Our primary focus will be providing supportive care and problem-solving assistance during one-time appointments.
- Telehealth appointments will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. Students will be emailed instructions of how to login to Teams through their MTmail account. If a student experiences technical difficulties, an appointment may be conducted by phone until the issue can be resolved.
- Students who need support and do not have an assigned counselor may call Counseling Services to schedule a telehealth screen appointment. During this screen, the counselor will listen to the student’s concerns and make recommendations of treatment options.
- Students who have an assigned counselor should monitor their MTSU email for secure messages concerning updates from Counseling Services or their counselor.
- Students whose treatment needs are more long-term or specialized in nature; will be assisted in connecting to outside treatment providers.
- Students currently residing out-of-state will be assisted in finding mental health providers near their home.
- Our hours remain the same: Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
What We Offer in Counseling Services
- Short-term Counseling
- Crisis Services
- Referral Services
- Short-term Psychiatric Services
- Outreach & Programming Services
- Consultation Services
Testing Services (Academic)
Testing Services offer a variety of standardized tests required for entering graduate school, nursing school, or teacher-preparation programs, as well as various other exams. These services are offered to both students and the public.
We look forwarding to meeting with you face to face in the future.
For more information on the University’s response to COVD-19, please click here: https://www.mtsu.edu/coronavirus/