Free Counseling Services Offered for Students

College can be a stressful period of life even in the best of times, but with the COVID-19 pandemic has come a host of new challenges and stressors for many students. That’s why Central Methodist University’s Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program is offering free, virtual counseling sessions to any interested CMU students.

Sessions will be performed by CMU graduate students enrolled in the MSCC program, under the direction and supervision of a licensed professional counselor.

“School is stressful enough, and you throw in a pandemic on top of it and stress mounts and otherwise manageable issues can seem overwhelming. That's where our master's students come in,” said Dr. Andrew Benesh, CMU MSCC Columbia site coordinator. “Our student counselors are going through their training to become counselors and this gives them an opportunity, while under supervision of a licensed professional counselor, to work with real clients on real issues and put their book knowledge to use. It’s a great, controlled way for students to get experience and see what it’s like to be a counselor before they graduate.”

Master’s students from both the Columbia and Sedalia sites will be seeing patients virtually. Telehealth appointments are available through the Columbia site from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. The Sedalia times include 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To set up an appointment, email one of the respective sites at or

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