Counseling Services

Being a university student is a time of growth and change. There is pressure to do well, important decisions to be made and unique challenges for each student to overcome. At times, other life events such as the death or serious illness of a family member or difficulties in important relationships with friends or loved ones can make it difficult to do what needs to be done as a student. Some students experience anxiety, depression, substance abuse or other mental health challenges. It is helpful to have someone who is able to listen and offer support when we are faced with life’s challenges. Counseling provides confidential professional support for those times.  

Through an agreement with CHI St. Alexius Health, counseling services for University of Mary students are provided by licensed mental health professionals from CHI St. Alexius Health. All services are provided in a manner 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 student is unique and so reasons students seek counseling are many. Some of the most common reasons are listed below.

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


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, at distance sites and/or in on-line programs are all eligible for services.


Each student is eligible for five counseling sessions per issue/per year (September 1 through August 31) at no cost to the student. Once the five session limit is reached, the cost of additional counseling services will be billed to the student’s insurance and the student 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 student will be denied services because of an inability to pay.

Counseling Staff

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


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

Students who do not have transportation may 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. Appointments with a counselor may be made by calling 701-530-7195 or 1-800-327-7195.

Zoom Internet Counseling Option

Students may choose to receive counseling from the privacy of their student residence through the CHI St. Alexius Health ZOOM Internet System. ZOOM is a HIPAA compliant video meeting that is set up through email. The student is then able to use his/her phone, tablet and/or computer to meet with a counselor via the Internet. The ZOOM option is available for students at distant sites, for those enrolled in on-line programs and for those on the main campus who simply 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.

Crisis Line

A crisis line, answered by a licensed mental health professional in Bismarck, is available after hours. Students who experience the need to talk with a counselor after hours 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.


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.