We are glad you’re here and look forward to supporting you. We offer a variety of counseling services to support students in their mental health, including short-term counseling, wellness groups, care coordination, 24-hour phone counseling, drop-in appointments, Let’s Talk, and medication management. *Spring 2022* After the quiet period and pending department of health guidelines, counseling services will be hybrid. Students will be able to choose between telecounseling  (zoom platform or phone) or in-person (with masks).


Getting Started

To schedule an appointment: click the button above  -OR-

Call 651-696-6275  (Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Limited Callers can access these numbers through MN Relay 711) OR email health@macalester.edu.

In voicemail or email please indicate your name,  phone number or Macalester email to reach you at, which type of appointment you’d like to schedule (counseling or medical), times you’re available for that appointment, and if you have a provider preference (we will do our best to accommodate that preference). A staff member will get back to you as soon as possible. Students who come for an appointment or to pick something up, please enter the Leonard Center at the south entrance during office hours.

At your first meeting, your counselor will talk to you about what’s you’re hoping to get from counseling, and discuss next steps. Sometimes finding the most appropriate help may mean exploring resources other than those provided by the HWC counseling staff. If so, we will help you find other appropriate counseling and psychiatric resources.

If you need help after hours, please visit Urgent and Emergency Care.

If this is an emergency, please call 911. 

Drop-In to Talk to Someone Today 

In addition to regularly scheduled counseling appointments, Drop-in Counseling sessions are available Monday-Friday with the Hamre Center on a same-day basis. These appointments can be scheduled 24 hours in advance or on the same day if available.

Talk to Someone Now (Press 2)

If you want to speak to a counselor right away, please use our 24-hour phone counseling service. Simply call the Hamre Center at 651-696-6275 (Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Limited Callers can access these numbers through MN Relay 711). If someone answers, ask to be connected to “Press 2”. If it’s after hours, you will be prompted to press #2. After answering a few questions, you’ll be connected with a licensed counselor at Protocall.

Other Ways to Get Support

Identity Specific Resources

Designed for BIPOC, International, First Generation, and Queer/Trans identifying students.

All counseling services are confidential, offered at no charge, and designed to support students’ personal and academic success at Macalester.

Are you interested in a counseling internship/practicum with the Hamre Center?  Please visit the Counseling Internship/Practicum page for more information!


How do counseling appointments work?

When you meet with a counselor they will ask questions to get to know you and learn more about why you’re there. Some counseling sessions focus on problem solving or connecting to resources, while others are just an opportunity to talk about something difficult. You and your counselor will discuss what you’re needing that day and options for next steps. Our basic model is a short term care model. If you and your counselor think you would benefit from longer-term or more specialized care, counseling staff will help connect you with an appropriate off-campus provider.

What is care coordination?

Care Coordination is the process of connecting students with appropriate resources. We know that finding and connecting with the right provider can be difficult, so we have special appointments to help you with that process. Our Care Coordinator, Julia, will talk with you about what you’re looking for, offer ideas, discuss insurance and financial questions, and can even help you make a phone calls to schedule appointments. To meet with Julia email jhutch1@macalester.edu.

What if I can’t get an appointment or it’s after hours and I need to talk to someone right now?

In addition to Urgent and Emergency Care Resources, the Hamre Center offers a 24/hr telephone counseling support service called “Press 2”. To talk with a counselor right now, please call the Hamre Center at 651-696-6275 . If the HWC is open, ask to be connected to “Press 2”. If it’s after hours, you will be prompted to press #2 to be connected with a licensed counselor.  Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Speech Limited Callers can access this service through MN Relay 711.

I need to find an off-campus counselor or psychiatrist. Can you help?

Yes! Sometimes finding the most appropriate help for you may mean finding resources outside the Hamre Center. You can either contact our Care Coordinator (jhutch1@macalester.edu) or utilize our provider search website for help finding a provider that meets your specific needs and insurance coverage.

I need help getting medication. Can you help?

All members of our medical provider staff can meet with you and either continue medications you started at home, initiate new prescriptions, or talk to you about ways to integrate medical and counseling care for your mental health. Learn more about mental health medication services.