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Counseling Services

Welcome to Counseling Services!

Whether you are a new or returning Hood student, the counseling services staff are SO glad you’re here!

We know you will find Hood to be a challenging, welcoming and diverse environment that offers innumerable opportunities for personal and academic growth. It is our mission to serve as an essential resource to all students to help you maximize benefit from both your academic experiences and out-of-class learning opportunities by providing short-term, solution-focused mental health services. 

Schedule your intake session by accessing the Client Portal! If you don't see a time that works for your schedule or want to be put on a wait list, email, or visit NCTC or another resource listed below.

Did you know?

There is no charge for students to talk with a counselor through the Hood College Counseling Center. See below to learn more about visiting the Counseling Center, how to make an appointment at Counseling Services and other mental health resources available in the community.

We are starting group therapy!

Starting Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, Counseling Services and the Neighborhood Counseling Training Center will partner to offer group therapy for those experiencing academic anxiety. Students who are interested in group therapy should email to be screened for addition to the group. Groups will meet on Thursdays from 1-2PM from Sept. 28 to Nov. 10.

John Slick

M.S.'22, LGPC, NCC

John Slick- Mental Health Counselor

Office: Apple Resource Building 8A
Phone: 301-696-3103

Hello! My name is John, and I am so glad you're here! I believe that people change and grow when they're able to find meaning and purpose in their lives, and I believe the best way I can help with that process is through an honest, supportive, and collaborative relationship. I am passionate about helping people become more authentic versions of themselves, and I hope that in our work together I can help support you while you find the version of you that you want to be! I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. I hold a Master of Science in Counseling from Hood College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Frostburg State University. During the 2021-2022 school year, I completed my clinical internship at Hood College Counseling Services, and I'm so excited to be back working with our wonderful students in a full-time role!

I'm looking forward to meeting you!

College is an exciting time, but it’s also a time of greater independence and responsibility. Many students work to help cover the cost of attendance, and some have family responsibilities to manage in addition to their coursework. Trying to manage these demands can be difficult! While college can be emotionally challenging, it’s still possible to enjoy the experience and grow from it!

If you have no experience with mental health challenges

  • Even those who have not experienced mental health problems in the past should begin to think ahead and take steps to help ease the emotional challenges of starting a college journey.
  • Establish a self-care routine to include getting adequate sleep, maintaining good nutrition and engaging in regular exercise to keep your mind and body in good condition.
  • Learn about available support services, where they are located and what they provide. These services are there to help all students and can be a valuable resource to prevent academic or health problems before they start!

If you have a diagnosis or history of mental health challenges

  • Having a clear plan for how you will manage your mental health care when you start college can be essential to support your wellness or recovery, ensure your safety and maximize your success. If you already know that you will need regular visits with a therapist or prescribing clinician to maintain your care, discuss this with your current provider. They may be able to continue working with you through a telehealth format or help you find providers and support options in your new community.
  • It’s important to remember that mental health symptoms are unpredictable — no one plans to have a crisis, and it can be unpleasant to think about, but the best time to develop a crisis plan is when you are doing well. Talk with your mental health provider about how you will deal with emerging problems or use this tool to create your own crisis plan.

Experiencing a mental health crisis at college

  • If you notice that your mental health is negatively impacting your coursework or your daily responsibilities, letting your advisor, the Dean of Students and/or counselors know early on can be helpful. Some mental health issues are temporary and may improve with adjustments to your schedule or care strategies, allowing you to successfully complete the semester.

If you have questions about the mental health resources available at Hood College for undergraduate students, graduate students or faculty and staff, please reach out to


Content provided by the National Alliance on Mental Health.


NEW! Use our online scheduling tool to request an appointment. Use the link to access the Counseling Center Client Portal. If this is your first appointment with us, click "Select an appointment" to find an available time to meet with a counselor. Provide the necessary information (please make sure to use your Hood student email) and you'll soon receive an email with next steps.

Additionally, you can email or call 301-696-3103 to request an appointment. If you don't see an available appointment slot on the online portal, just email us!

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency and are unable to reach the Counseling Center, please go to the nearest emergency room immediately, call 211 to connect with a community resource specialist, or contact the crisis text line by texting HOME to 741741. Other crisis numbers to contact in an emergency are: 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or text 9-8-8
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Suicide Hotline): 1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • Crisis Text Line for Students of Color: Text STEVE to 741741


Apple Academic Support Center

We’d love to see you!

We are located in Apple Resource Building, room 8A. Come stop by and see us!


Hours of operation for Hood Counseling Center during the Fall & Spring semesters

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm 

Walk in hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-12pm.

*After hours and weekend services can be accessed via Mental Health Association of Frederick listed in Community Resources below!*

The NeighborHood Counseling Training Clinic (NCTC) is another counseling option available to Hood students and members of the community. More information on the NCTC can be found on their website. The clinic is staffed by counseling students in their graduate field experiences. 


There are many mental health providers in the Frederick community that provide services to Hood College students. These services are not covered by Hood College, but most providers accept numerous insurance providers including Medicaid.

  • Advanced Behavioral Health (ABH) is located across from campus and can provide psychological and psychiatric services. ABH accepts insurance.
  • Thriving Campus is an online resource that allows individuals to search for mental health providers in the Frederick community. You can filter the list of providers by insurance accepted, gender, race or area of practice. 
  • Mental Health Association of Frederick Walk in Services are free for suicide intervention, mental health services and urgent psychiatric medical evaluations. Walk in appointments are open 10AM-10PM on Mondays-Fridays and from 10AM-6PM on Saturdays and Sundays. They can also be reached by dialing 2-1-1. 
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) helps to locate mental health and substance abuse providers across the United States.   
  • JED Foundation Resource Center provides essential information about common emotional health issues and shows teens and young adults how they can support one another, overcome challenges, and make a successful transition to adulthood.
  • This article from the U.S. Career Institute gives a list of strategies and tips to improve mental and physical wellness at home using mindfulness practices. It links to a variety of resources and articles about a number of topics related to physical and mental well-being.
  • Seize the Awkward is a national campaign that has numerous tools and conversation guides to help you help those in need. 

Hood College's Assisting Students in Distress Flow Chart

Call 9-1-1 For emergency response

Call 211 to be connected to a community resource specialist who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives.  

Call or text 988 to be connected with help and support during a mental health, substance use, or suicide crisis. 988 is available nationwide!

National crisis hotlines and online services: Put these numbers in your phone contact to use to help a friend in crisis!

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or text 9-8-8
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Suicide Hotline): 1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • Crisis Text Line for Students of Color: Text STEVE to 741741