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Counseling

The Counseling Service at the Harrison Health Center is a resource for all students. Counselors provide supportive individual psychotherapy for a range of issues, as well as consultation, referrals, and occasional group facilitation. Counseling sessions are free of charge.

How to Make an Appointment

Counselors are available to see students at the Harrison Health Center by appointment Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The most efficient way to make an appointment is to e-mail counseling@sjc.edu. Students can also call 410-626-2552 or walk in to the Health Center and leave their request with the administrative assistant.

In case of a mental health emergency, call Public Safety at 443-263-2438 or ext. 2000 from an on-campus phone, or dial 911.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why come to counseling?

Students come to counseling for a variety of reasons, including struggles with alcohol or drugs, difficult life events, depression, anxiety, sexual assault or other forms of abuse, interpersonal challenges, identity issues, body image and eating concerns, procrastination, grief, and stress management.

The view from outside the Health Center.

You may be referred by the assistant dean, a faculty member, or a friend. You may just be curious about counseling, or have questions about whether or not therapy is appropriate for you. You don’t have to have a crisis or diagnosable mental health condition to make an appointment; students come in to discuss a range of concerns, large and small.

In addition to individual psychotherapy, counselors provide referrals for students who would best be served by a specialist or are interested in long-term therapy in the greater Annapolis community. (View insurance information.) If medication is indicated, counselors make referrals to an on-campus psychiatrist for an evaluation. There is no charge for the initial assessment or the first three hours of psychiatric service. Psychotherapy groups are also offered intermittently, as student interest allows. Possible group topics include mindfulness for stress relief, coping with social anxiety, and support for survivors of sexual assault. If you would like to participate in a group, please contact one of the counselors to discuss your interest.

What can I expect when I meet with a counselor?

Counselors are licensed mental health professionals with a broad range of interests and experience working with St. John’s students. Counselors are non-judgmental, objective, professional helpers. They won’t tell you what to do, but they will ask questions, listen closely, and help you to understand what is troubling you in a new light.

Some students come for a one-time consultation visit; some come for many weekly appointments. The anticipated duration of therapy is something that can be discussed at a first visit.

Counseling is a collaborative process. Students are encouraged to share their concerns, questions, and goals for therapy with their counselor so that together they can establish the most helpful approach.

Counseling Staff

Kirk Duncan, PsyD

Kirk Duncan works with children, adolescents, and adults who are faced with a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems and simply those that feel stuck. Duncan has also conducted family therapy and psycho-educational groups on executive function. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the George Washington University and has a BA from St. John’s College. He can be contacted at 410-626-2552 or kirk.duncan@sjc.edu.

Jennifer Manz, LCPC

Jennifer Manz is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) working with clients facing a wide range of mental health, substance abuse, and wellness concerns. As a counselor, Jennifer fosters a trusting therapeutic relationship that establishes a safe and supportive environment and allows clients to realize their potential to grow and to change. Jennifer earned a dual MEd/EdS in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Virginia and a BA from Washington & Lee University. She can be contacted at 410-626-2552 or at jennifer.manz@sjc.edu.

JENNIFER OATMAN, LCPC

Jennifer Oatman is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who works with adolescents, adults, and couples dealing with a broad range of challenges, including trauma/sexual assault, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and eating disorders. Jennifer works in a compassionate, non-judgmental style and is committed to creating a safe place for people to explore difficulties and overcome obstacles to feeling better. She earned her BA from The George Washington University in International Affairs and MS in clinical psychology from Loyola University Maryland. She can be reached at 410-626-6557 or jennifer.oatman@sjc.edu

Confidentiality

All counseling services are completely confidential. Information about you cannot be released without your written permission, except in rare exceptions as dictated by law. St. John’s is a small community, but whatever you talk about with your counselor is private.

Online Resources

General Mental Health Information

Survivors of Sexual Assault, Abuse, or Trauma

Eating Disorders/Body Image

Alternatives to Self-Injury

Mindful Awareness

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