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Counseling Services

After your initial visit, your counselor will discuss a counseling plan with you that suits your individual needs and recommend which services they feel will be of most use to you. Services include:


Assessment is the process your counselor will use to gather information to determine the best course of care, and to help you gain personal insight and knowledge about yourself. There are a number of assessment tools your counselor may use including: the information you provide on your initial paper work, the discussion you have with your counselor on your first visit, assessment testing on a specific topic such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, or alcohol use.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is an opportunity to explore issues of concern in a safe and confidential setting. The focus of individual counseling is aimed at changes you can make in your own life and not how to change a significant other, parents, instructors, or the world. Appointments last 50 minutes and are scheduled based on your needs as often as once a week, for up to 12 sessions per academic year. To learn more about the counseling process see, "What is Counseling?".

Couples Counseling

Couples counseling is available to BSU students and their partners.  Married, unmarried and same sex couples are all welcome to utilize this service. In couples counseling the couple is the client, rather than either of the individuals. Couples counseling focuses on problem solving, communicating about difficult topics, and/or learning skills to communicate better or work as a team.

Group Counseling

Group Counseling services may be available throughout the academic year depending on need or request for such services and the availability of professional staff.

Counseling Services Related to Alcohol, Drugs, Food, Gambling or Internet

We provide services for students who feel they are struggling with issues related to alcohol, drugs, food (included body image issues), gambling or overuse of the Internet.  Your counselor will discuss with you the extent of these issues, and collaboratively you and your counselor will evaluate the consequences they may be having in your life.  We offer assessment testing for these issues and others.  Often students are seen in conjunction with an outside support group such as AA or may be referred for formal evaluation in the community or to a treatment program for additional services.

Cost of Counseling

Below are the fees for counseling services beginning Fall 2014.

Counseling Consultation (First Visit)                   FREE

Diagnostic Assessment                                         $20.00

Individual Psychotherapy(20-30 min)                $20.00

Individual Psychotherapy (45-50 min)               $20.00  

Individual Psychotherapy (75-80 min)               $20.00

Family/Couples Psychotherapy                           $20.00

Group Psychotherapy                                            $20.00

Psychological Testing

Psychological Testing (LP)                                    $75.00

Psychological Testing (Technician Admin)        $50.00

Psychological Testing (Computer Admin)         $50.00

Billing for Counseling

The students’ account will be billed for services.  If the student has Minnesota Health Care Program Insurance, and they provide us with their billing information, we will submit the claim for the student.  If the student is not current with their coverage or if they for some reason are not eligible for services on campus, their student account will be billed.

If a student has another type of insurance, they can request an itemized statement to submit on their own to their insurance company.  BSU will bill the student and the student can ask for reimbursement from their company if they so choose.

If you have any questions regarding fees or billing, please call 218-755-2053.


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