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Counseling Services

Counseling Services is a health services office that aims to support students in achieving success in areas of academics and personal growth through short-term, outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment, educational presentations, and collaboration with other student support services at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Counseling Services works to enable students to address behavioral and emotional concerns so they are able to take full advantage of the academic and social opportunities of their college experience. All support provided by Counseling Services is free of charge. Counseling Services provides counseling during the fall and spring semesters.


Counseling Services offers a range of treatment options and resources for students, including:

  • Short-term individual counseling*
  • Group counseling offerings
  • Walk-in appointments
  • Crisis response/intervention
  • Educational programming
  • Links to off-campus mental health and substance abuse treatment

*Remote support via phone or Zoom is also available at this time.

Getting Started

If you would like to be connected to a counselor in our office, please complete the Counseling Services Inquiry form. Due to high demand for individual counseling at this time, a counselor will contact your by phone or email in a timely manner in order to gather information and connect you to the most appropriate resource available. Recommendations may include:

  • Individual Counseling with a Counseling Services Counselor (when available)
  • Group Counseling
  • Off-campus treatment referral or resources
  • Other on-campus resources

Submit a Counseling Services Inquiry

Virtual Appointment Room

Student Life now provides students with a private place they can use on campus for remote medical and mental health appointments.


Students may reserve and use a private office located in the Counseling Services office (1st Floor of the McGowan Center).


This form does NOT schedule an appointment with Counseling Services staff. This room reservation form is used to reserve a private room on campus from which students can conduct scheduled mental health and medical appointments that they already have with off-campus treatment providers.

If you are looking to schedule an appointment with Counseling Services staff on campus, you may do so using our Counseling Services Inquiry form above.

Book the Virtual Appointment Room

Lower McGowan
Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Call Public Safety at (301) 447–5911 and they will contact a counselor.

Crisis Support

If you or another student are experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency, please seek the following support:

  • Come to Counseling Services during business hours for a walk-in appointment.
  • Contact Residence Life or your RA.
  • Contact Mount St. Mary’s University Public Safety at 301-447-5911 (available 24/7).

Off-Campus Hotlines

Suicide Prevention

  • Frederick County, Md. Hotline: 301-662-2255
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (Press “1” if a veteran in crisis)
  • 2-1-1 Maryland: 211 or 1-866-411-6803
  • Maryland Crisis Hotline: 1-800-422-0009
  • Maryland Community Services locator:
  • Mental Health Association of Frederick County Guide to Mental Health and Community Support Services:
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “START” to 741-741
  • The Trevor Line (Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth): 1-866-488-7386

Substance Abuse Treatment

  • Treatment Referral Hotline: 1-800-662-4357

Sexual Assault/Dating Violence

Heartly House

Heartly House is an organization that offers free services including individual counseling, support groups, legal services, and more to those who have experienced unhealthy relationships, dating violence, sexual assault, or similar situations. Please note a relationship doesn't need to involve physical violence to be considered potentially harmful. If you are in need of support or have any questions and would like to speak with someone from Heartly House, please contact us through our inquiry form and someone will reach out. If you are in crisis and need immediate support, please contact their 24/7 hotline at 301-662-8800 or dial 911.

Heartly House Inquiry Form

Additional Contact Information

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-800-331-9474

COVID-19 Response

Counseling Services seeks to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our students. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Counseling Services requests that students respect the following office guidelines:

  • Please do not come to Counseling Services appointments if you are sick or not feeling well.
  • Please do not bring food or drink to your counseling appointment.
  • Please respect physical boundaries while in Counseling Services as much as is reasonable.

Any questions or concerns about COVID-19 response can be sent to Gerald Rooth, Director of Counseling Services (


Counseling services abide by state laws and professional ethical standards in maintaining confidentiality. These standards prevent us from releasing information to anyone without the written consent of the student. Disclosure of information may be made if, in the professional judgment of the counselor, the student presents a danger to themselves or others or if the counselor has reasonable belief of abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult.

For Parents

We welcome your calls if you have a concern about your child, however, your child will have to contact us to initiate services.

Contact a Counselor

Gerald T. Rooth, M.S., L.C.P.C.

Gerald T. Rooth, M.S., L.C.P.C.

Director of Counseling Services | 301-447-5003

Elizabeth Kellett, M.S., L.C.P.C.

Elizabeth Kellett, M.S., L.C.P.C.

Assistant University Counselor | 301-447-3429

Joseph Morrissette, M.S., L.C.P.C.

Joseph Morrissette, M.S., L.C.P.C.

Assistant University Counselor | 301-447-5002


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