Frequently Asked Questions

What is counseling?

Counseling provides help for people who are experiencing concerns that cause difficulty in their lives. Many people could benefit from counseling at some point in their lives. Counseling helps people understand and solve problems and make decisions. It may also help keep small problems from turning into big ones. When you seek counseling, you can expect a place where you can be honest, open, and free to express your feelings without fear of criticism.

What are some reasons students seek counseling?

  • The demands of school, work, or home become difficult to handle
  • Life changes such as death of a loved one, relationship breakup, or loss of a job
  • Loneliness
  • Physical problems with no apparent medical cause
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling unhappy, withdrawn, or loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Irritable or suspicious 
  • Concentration difficulty; having a hard time getting things done at school or work
  • Sudden mood or behavior changes
  • Under a lot of pressure and stress
  • Uncertainty about identity or focus in life


How do I make an appointment?

Stop by our office in BA 156 or call us at 507-537-7150 to make an appointment. We are usually available to see students within a day or two.

Is there a fee for services?

Most of our services are free of charge to currently enrolled students. If you and/or your counselor decide you would benefit from services that we do not offer, we will suggest alternate resources for you.

Is what I say confidential?

Everything that is said within a counseling session is confidential. However, the law requires that information be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • When there is clear risk of imminent harm for the client or another person
  • When court ordered
  • When abuse of children or vulnerable adults is involved
  • When a pregnancy may be at risk because of chemical abuse
  • With a signed release from the client


Will anyone know if I come to Counseling and Testing Services?

We are located with Career Services. Many students use our services for many different reasons.

Last Modified: 1/23/17 3:06 PM