Personal Counseling

Sometimes it is important to discuss concerns privately with a counselor. The counselors at Normandale provide a confidential setting where you may explore concerns and achieve a better understanding of yourself - your feelings, attitudes, and capabilities.

Personal counseling services

  • Free, confidential individual appointments
  • Crisis intervention and referral
  • Information about life issues

These services are offered free of charge to currently enrolled students and can be accessed by making an appointment. To make an appointment, call 952-358-8261 or stop by the Counseling Office reception desk. See the Contact Us page for more information.

Referrals


In the course of providing personal counseling to students, many are referred to appropriate community resources. A partial listing is provided below (click on each of the links for detailed information)

(The Counseling Department at Normandale Community College does not assume responsibility for the quality of services provided by mental health agencies or web sites listed below. Inclusion in the list does not imply endorsement nor does omission indicate disapproval.)

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24-Hour information and referral


  • United Way 211

    Phone: call 211 or 651-291-0211 Website: www.211unitedway.org Call or web search for referrals on almost any topic. When using the web site, click on "search now" in the United Way 211 section for a user-friendly web version of the United Way 2-1-1 help line. A great "one stop shopping" site.

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24-Hour Crisis Lines


  • Crisis Connection
    Phone: 612-379-6363
    Website: www.crisis.org
    Free and confidential crisis counseling by telephone for topics such as suicide, depression, abuse, and family and relationship problems. Referrals to community agencies are available for further assistance.
  • Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Acute Psychiatric Services
    Phone: 612-873-3161
    Website: http://www.hcmc.org/clinics/AdultPsychiatryClinicMedication/psychiatricservices/HCMC_MAINCONTENT_425

    Suicide Hotline: 612-873-2222
    24-hour phone and walk-in service for evaluation and treatment of behavioral emergencies and significant life crisis.

  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Center
    Phone: 612-825-4357
    Website: www.neighborhoodinvolve.org -- then click on "Rape & Sexual Abuse Center"
    2431 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis
    24-hour phone counseling, crisis counseling, individual psychotherapy, support groups, and legal advocacy for persons who have been raped or sexually abused. Sliding fee scale.
  • Crisis Nursery
    Phone: 763-591-0100
    Website: www.crisisnursery.org
    Emergency child care to prevent neglect and abuse; crisis intervention for families; family education; and a 24-hour hotline for parents in crisis.

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Additional resources for referrals to counselors, support groups, etc.


  • Your Health Insurance
    Your own health insurance provider is often the first place to go for referrals which are covered under your insurance plan. Look on the back of your health insurance card for the mental health services phone number. Call this number and explain what issues you would like assistance with and explain any criteria you are looking for in a mental health counselor (gender, race, religion, or other preferences). You will be given names and phone numbers for at least 3 clinics/counselors in your area which are covered by your insurance.

    If you do not have health insurance, or if you would like to explore other options, there are agencies which offer free or low cost options. Some are listed below:
  • Tubman
    Phone: 612-871-0118
    Website: www.tubman.org
    4432 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis
    Tubman Family Alliance and Chrysalis, A Center for Women have merged and renamed the combined organization Tubman. Tubman offers support through multiple service areas: safe shelter, legal assistance, counseling, youth and family support and community education.
  • Cornerstone
    Phone: 952-884-0330
    Website: www.cornerstonemn.org
    1000 East 80th Street, Bloomington
    Provides immediate access to all emergency services for individuals and families that are in crisis due to family violence. Also provides ongoing support and shelter services.
  • Emily Program
    Phone: 651-645-5323
    Website: www.emilyprogram.com
    A treatment center that provides comprehensive psychological, nutritional, and medical care for individuals with eating disorders.
  • Family Partnership Services
    Phone: 612-339-9101
    Website: www.fcsmn.org
    Counseling, family support services, violence intervention, and educational opportunities.
  • Fairview Southdale Support Groups and Classes
    Phone: 612-672-7272 Fairview On Call
    Website: www.fairview.org/Classes/index.htm
    Listing of various types of support groups and classes on many personal and health topics such as grief, depression, cancer, wellness, and many more.
  • Hazelden
    Phone: 1-800-257-7810
    Website: www.hazelden.org
    A treatment center for chemically dependent individuals and families. Information on chemical health and recovery.
  • Hennepin County
    Website: www.co.hennepin.mn.us
    Information on services and programs involving health, housing, and other social services for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and seniors as well as special groups, such as recent immigrants, in Hennepin County.
  • MinnesotaHelp.info
    Website: www.minnesotahelp.info
    An online directory of services regarding veterans, senior citizens, youth, disabilities, families, homelessness, affordable housing, refugees, etc.
  • N.I.P. - Neighborhood Involvement Program
    Phone: 612-374-3125
    Website: www.neighborhoodinvolve.org
    2431 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis
    Health care, mental health care, education and social services, youth and senior citizens services.
  • The Walk In Counseling Center
    Phone: 612-870-0565
    Website: www.walkin.org
    2421 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis
    Crisis intervention and short-term counseling to individuals, couples and families. No appointment is necessary during counseling hours. These services are free, but donations are appreciated.
  • Watercourse Counseling Center
    Phone: 612-822-8227
    Website: www.WatercourseCounseling.org
    3548 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis
    Nonprofit, community-based mental health center that provides a variety of mental health services including psychotherapy, education and support services. Sliding fee scale.

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Pamphlets on various topics


  • Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection
    Website: http://counseling.uchicago.edu/page/virtual-pamphlet-collection  Information on many topics related to mental health issues, academic concerns, and relationship issues. Click on any topic and you will be linked to a "virtual pamphlet collection" about that topic.
  • Counseling Center Self Help Brochures                                                                           Website:  http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu/?page_id=7 Excellent resource on "test anxiety" as well as other academic concerns, mental health issues, and relationship issues. Click on any topic and you will be linked to a "brochure" about that topic.
  • Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health - Fact Sheets
    Website: www.macmh.org/publications/fact_sheets/fact_sheets.php
    Informative fact sheets on various mental health disorders. Click on any topic and you will be linked to a "fact sheet" about that topic.