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Counseling Services

Counseling provides services 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.

The Counseling Center staff offers crisis intervention and short-term counseling. If a student needs intensive counseling or medication, they will be referred to off-campus resources.

Temporary Service Change for Counseling Services

MSMU Counseling Services remains committed to supporting student well-being and resilience. In light of the campus transition to remote course delivery, and to limit personal contact to reduce the risk of infection, Counseling Services is implementing the following temporary service changes. These changes are in effect from Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 30:

  1. Counseling Services will offer students currently enrolled in ongoing counseling the option of phone appointments or local referrals. Counselors will be in touch with their students by email to coordinate.
  2. Any student not currently enrolled in counseling who wants to speak to a counselor can reach out by phone or email to a counselor directly for consultation.

    Gerald Rooth: 301-447-5003,
    Alesha Leonard: 301-447-5002,
    Elizabeth Kellett: 301-447-3429,

    Counselors’ access to their office phones may be limited at this time. If you choose to call a counselor, please leave a voicemail with a call-back number and the counselor will get back to you as soon as they can.

  3. Psychotherapy groups and workshops will be temporarily suspended during this time period. Group and workshop participants with questions may reach out to their group facilitator.
  4. In a life-threatening situation, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.
    For non-life threatening situations, contact a counselor directly (see above).
    On weekdays after 5 p.m., weekends, and holidays, call Public Safety at 301-447-5357.
  5. Students with questions can contact Gerald Rooth, director of Counseling Services: 301-447-5003,

120 McGowan Hall
Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
In an Emergency:
Call Public Safety at (301) 447–5911
and they will contact a counselor.

24-hour Crisis 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

  • 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

  • The Heartly House (Frederick): 301-662-8800

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

  • National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-800-331-9474


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.


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

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.

Elizabeth Kellett, M.S.

Assistant University Counselor | 301-447-3429

Alesha Leonard, M.S.

Alesha Leonard, M.S.

Assistant University Counselor | 301-447-5002


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