The counseling staff, licensed counselors and social workers, are experienced in responding to a variety of personal and social issues as well as crisis intervention. Referrals are made to appropriate psychiatric services or other specialists as needed.

Counseling Process

Effective counseling is an active process that requires open and honest communication between client and counselor. Together, the client and counselor assess the client's concerns and make decisions for the most appropriate direction for support and/or change.

Counseling Services Information for Parents

Educational Resources

Brochures, educational information, and video tapes that address the problems students may experience are also available at Counseling and Disability Services. Examples of various topics include: Stress, Eating Disorders, AIDS, Procrastination, Substance Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Acquaintance Rape, and Sexuality. The materials are available for personal use or for class presentations.


Individual counseling is provided at no cost to students enrolled in the current semester. A $25 fee will be charged if a student does not show for an appointment or does not cancel an hour before the counseling appointment. A small fee may also be charged for testing services or group services.


To make an appointment at Counseling and Disability Services, students can call or stop by the CDS to schedule an intake appointment. During that first appointment, the counselor and the client will discuss and clarify the client's counseling needs.

At Counseling and Disability Services' second location at Scully 318, appointments are available at the Counselor Education Training Clinic every Tuesday from 2 - 9 p.m., every Wednesday from 2 - 6 p.m., and every Thursday from 2 - 9 p.m. These extended hours are very helpful for those students with a very busy schedule who cannot attend a session during normal business hours. We also have appointments available at the River Campus (Art Resource Center Room RCS 102) every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Training Clinic counseling sessions are provided by masters level practicum and internship students. All sessions are free and strictly confidential. Supervision is provided by a licensed faculty member to ensure the student is provided the best services possible.

Personal and Social Issues

Issues addressed at the CDS may include some of the following concerns:

  • Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Stress, Depression, Anxiety
  • Decision Making
  • Loss
  • Life Changes/Transitions

Mental Health Links

Active Minds
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Creative Growth
Crisis Textline
Find a Mental Health Provider
Mental Health Resources
The JED Foundation Suicide Prevention Resource
Self-Help Resources
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
ULifeline Mental Health Resource
Veterans Mental Health Resources


Dearmont B1 Wing (Eastern Side)
Counseling and Disability Services
One University Plaza, MS 2030
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

After Hours Services

Call the University Police Department at 651-2911 for emergency situations after hours, on weekends, or during session breaks. The University Police Department will contact the University's Crisis Response Team.