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Counseling and Disability Services

Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides students with individual, couples, and group counseling, skills workshops, outreach programs, and consultation. We adhere to the Code of Ethics of the New Mexico Board of Clinical Mental Health Counselors . All services are strictly confidential and are free to students enrolled for six or more credits hours.

The Office of Counseling and Disability Services (OCDS) is located in the Joseph A. Fidel Center on the 1st floor. The entrance is outside of Fidel on the NW side of the building, adjacent to Workman. OCDS is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Crisis intervention is available; counseling is provided by a New Mexico licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and an independently-licensed clinical mental health counselor (LPCC).

PROCEDURES

Making an Appointment

For returning students to OCDS, email counseling@nmt.edu or call (575) 835-6619. You will be asked about your current enrollment status. Depending on how long it has been since your last session, you may be asked to complete a Returning Clients Form, found at the bottom of this web-page prior to your appointment.

For new students to OCDS, please go directly to the The Counseling Intake Form, also at the bottom of this web-page. It is required before you can schedule an appointment. Once this form has been submitted, you will be contacted within 2 business days, usually by email, to schedule an appointment, based on the availability indicated on the Intake Form. 

Students with emergencies can be seen immediately during regular office hours Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For after-hours emergencies please contact Campus Police at 575-835-5434. 

Eligibility 

Currently enrolled NMT graduate or undergraduate student registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours will be seen for an initial appointment. The initial appointment is an opportunity for your counselor to determine if the services we offer are appropriate for your needs and for you to decide if our services are a good fit for you.

Cancellation of Appointments

Because of the demand for services, we ask that if you need to cancel an appointment that you provide Counseling Services with 24-hour notice. Appointments canceled with less than 24-hour notice will count against the total amount of sessions students are allowed. We do recognize that there are those emergency situations where it is not possible to give 24-hour notice and we will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Students who miss two or more consecutive appointments (without providing notice) will have their file closed and could be referred to community services should they require psychological care.

Confidentiality

The State of New Mexico legally recognizes that communication between a counselor and her/his client as privileged and confidential. We will not disclose your contacts with us to your spouse/partner, your parents, professors, or anyone else without your permission.

There are few narrow exceptions:

Outside Referral:

Because we offer short-term counseling services, NMT Counseling Services reserves the right to refer you to other community services if your concerns are outside the scope of our practice.

* Please note: the phrase "short-term" refers to a specific type of solution-focused therapy where the goal is to support a person to resolve or effectively manage a specific issue or challenge, or to make a desired change. It does not refer to the amount of sessions allowed during a student's tenure at NMT. 

SERVICES

What to Expect

 After completing the on-line form, you will be given an appointment to meet with one of the counselors.

Typically, this appointment can take about 30 minutes or more, depending on the nature of your concern, and the two of you will discuss your immediate concerns as well as what type of services may be most helpful to you. The goal is to get you connected with the most appropriate services as soon as possible. Some of the options for services you may be discussing are described below. As a reminder, all of our therapy services are free and confidential.

We offer the following services free of charge to eligible students:

Individual Counseling

You will meet with a counselor one-on-one to address your concerns in up-to-50 minute sessions. During the first meeting, you and your counselor will set goals, discuss the need for ongoing therapy and talk about a meeting schedule. In individual counseling, people will often discuss relationship concerns, family difficulties, feelings of depression or anxiety, academic issues, recovery from traumatic events, or hopes of wanting to better their lives.

Couple's Counseling

The student and their partner will meet with a counselor to address relationship concerns in up-to-50 minute sessions. Couples will be able to learn effective communication skills, conflict resolution and to gain better insight into their relationship. At least one partner of the couple must meet NMT eligibility requirements for counseling.

Session Limits:

Students who are eligible to receive services are limited to 8 regularly scheduled sessions per semester for individual or couple’s counseling services. This does not include emergencies. 

Some Reasons People Seek Counseling:

Resources:

Suicide Prevention

How Drunk Are You Without Sleep

New Clients

Below is the Counseling Intake Form for students seeking services from the Counseling Department for the first time. Please, complete the form, especially the 3 different dates and times that you are available for an appointment. 

COUNSELING INTAKE FORM

Returning Clients

If you have been seen before at any time by OCDS, please email your request for an appointment and be sure to include 3 dates and times that you are available for a session to counseling@nmt.edu. Below is the Returning Clients Form for NMT students.    

Returning Clients Form