Mental health counselor talking with a patient.

Confidential Professional Support

Being a university student is a time of growth and change. There is pressure to do well, important decisions to make, and unique challenges for each student to overcome. Other life events such as the death or critical illness of loved ones or difficulties in important relationships can make it hard to get necessary tasks done as a student. In addition, some students experience anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or other mental health challenges. Therefore, it is helpful to have someone who can listen and offer support when we face life’s challenges. Counseling provides confidential professional support.

Through an agreement with CHI St. Alexius Health, University of Mary students are provided counseling services by licensed mental health professionals from CHI St. Alexius Health. Additionally, all services are consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Types of Concerns

Each person is unique, and so the reasons students seek counseling are many. Some of the most common reasons are listed below.

  • Academic Pressure
  • Anger
  • Bullying
  • Depressed Mood
  • Emotional and Behavioral Concerns
  • Family Concerns
  • Financial Difficulties
  • Loss of Motivation
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Relationship Violence/Sexual Assault
  • Roommate Conflicts
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Motivation
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Substance Use/Abuse
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Test Anxiety
  • Uncertainty about Career/Life Goals
  • Weight/Eating Concerns

Schedule an Appointment with a Counselor

Face-to-face or through ZOOM: 701-530-7195 or 800-327-7195
24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line: 701-530-7195 or 800-327-7195

All currently enrolled University of Mary students are eligible. In addition to the student, the student’s dependent children who live within the same household are also eligible. Students enrolled at the main campus, satellite sites, or online programs are all eligible for services.

Each student is eligible for five counseling sessions per issue/per year (Sept. 1 through Aug. 31) at no cost to the student. Once you reach the five-session limit, the cost of additional counseling services will be billed to your insurance, and you will be responsible for costs not covered by insurance. Students without insurance will be referred to a provider that charges based on the individual’s ability to pay. No one will be denied services because of an inability to pay.

The staff, employed by CHI St. Alexius Health, are licensed mental health professionals who provide services to University of Mary students. Find bios and credentials on their website.

Learn more

Counseling services for University of Mary students are provided at the CHI St. Alexius Health Technology and Education Center, located at 1310 East Main Avenue in Bismarck.


Monday: 8 am to 8 pm
Tuesday-Friday: 8 am to 5 pm

If you do not have transportation, you can make arrangements for a ride by contacting the Student Development Office located in Room 1503 of the Benedictine Center for Servant Leadership or by calling 701-355-8217.

Students may choose to receive counseling from the privacy of their student residence through the CHI St. Alexius Health ZOOM. ZOOM is a HIPAA-compliant video meeting that is set up through email. You are then able to use your phone, tablet, or computer to meet with a counselor via the Internet. The ZOOM option is available for students at distant sites, for those enrolled in online programs, and for those on the main campus who prefer to utilize technology for their counseling sessions. Appointments may be made by calling 701-530-7195 or 1-800-327-7195. The Student Development Office has a private room available for students who need a private place for a ZOOM session.

Counseling services provided to University of Mary students are confidential as provided by law and ethical standards. No information is provided to others unless the student signs a release of information to specific people for a specific purpose.

A crisis line, answered by a licensed mental health professional in Bismarck, is available after hours. If you experience the need to talk with a counselor after hours, you are encouraged to call. Faculty and staff who assist a student with mental health concerns after hours may also use the crisis line to consult with a mental health professional.

The crisis line number is 701-530-7195 or 1-800-327-7195.

University of Mary Health Clinic

For questions, please contact the University of Mary Health Clinic in the lower level of the Lumen Vitae University Center, across from the Starion Living Room. Call 701-530-3670.

Health Clinic Hours of Operation
Monday–Thursday: 9 am to 4 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 12 pm