Setting you up for success

The purpose of Millsaps College Counseling Services is to enhance the ability of students to fully benefit from the academic and social opportunities available to them. Our job is to support each student in integrating all learning experiences (past and present, academic and nonacademic) into a clear sense of self and a meaningful philosophy and approach to life.

Making an Appointment

Counseling appointments can be made by calling 601-974-1227 or emailing [email protected]. You may also drop by the Office of Student Life in person to schedule an appointment. Appointments usually last about an hour for the first visit but are scheduled for 30 minutes for future visits.

All counseling is offered free of charge, but students are expected to notify Counseling Services in a timely fashion by calling 601-974-1227 when they are unable to attend counseling sessions. There is a $25 no-show fee that is assessed to the student account for missing an appointment and not notifying the office.


To further enhance the degree of trust within the counseling relationship, it is important for all current or potential counseling clients to understand that what they share will be held in confidence. Information shared in counseling sessions will only be shared with someone else under the following circumstances:

  • If the client voluntarily fills out a release of information form specifying exactly to whom specific information can be released and signs it
  • If Counseling Services believes, as a result of information shared, that the client is in imminent danger of doing harm to themself or others or is in imminent danger themself
  • If Counseling Services believes, as a result of information shared, that abuse of a minor child is presently occurring, they are required by law to report such a situation to the Mississippi Department of Human Services or a similar agency in another state
  • In the highly unlikely case that a court subpoenas the counselor’s records related to a client involved in a legal case, the counselor might be legally required to surrender them. (Counseling Services has never been required to do so, but it is a possibility.)

Individual Counseling

The majority of counseling done by Counseling Services is individual in nature. All people encounter problems and frustrations in their environments and relationships that interfere with their ability to live life as fully and satisfactorily as they would like. Most individuals can benefit from discussing these problems with an objective, caring, supportive professional in a confidential setting. To this end, Millsaps provides counseling or therapy free of charge to its students for problems and concerns such as:

  • Relationships — family issues, relationships, conflicts, loneliness or shyness
  • Stress management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Homesickness or other college adjustment
  • Communication — assertiveness training, help with speech anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Sexual identity
  • Sexual/physical abuse or assault
  • Learning differences

Emergency Resources

In life-threatening emergencies, call 911.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or text 988

Anyone can text with a trained counselor 24-7 at the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741.

For teens and young adults in crisis, The Jed Foundation Crisis Text Line. Text “START” to 741741.