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. 

Did you know?

There is no charge for students to talk with a counselor through the Hood College Counseling Center AND undergraduate and graduate students can receive up to 6 visits with a counselor per semester. 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.

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.

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.


Email HOODCOLLEGECOUNSELING@Frederick.Health or call 301-698-8374 press 1 for Hood College Health & Counseling Services and then select option 1 again for Counseling Services.

Please leave a voicemail with your name and call back phone number and a counselor will return your call within 2 business days.

Prior to your first appointment, please complete these intake and privacy forms. You can email completed forms to or bring them with you to your first appointment.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency and are unable to reach the Counseling Center, please go to the nearest emergency room immediately.


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To access the Health Center, use the sidewalk between the Volpe Athletic Center and the athletic fields to exit the gate at 7th Street; proceed to the right along the 7th Street sidewalk to the crosswalk at Toll House.

Address: Counseling Services are located within the Frederick Health Toll House Urgent Care facility, alongside Hood Health Services.


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

Monday-Thursday 10a-6p. Fridays 10a-2p. 

Walk in hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-2p.

*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. 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. 
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) helps to locate mental health and substance abuse providers across the United States.   
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.  

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 1-800-273-8255
  • 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