The mission of the Center for Counseling and Student Development is to foster student learning by promoting psychological wellbeing so that students can be more successful in their academic, personal, and career pursuits. The activities and programs of the Center are intended to help with one or more of the following: reducing psychological symptoms, coping with life events and developmental tasks, improving interpersonal skills and relationships, and increasing self-knowledge and problem-solving ability. Essential to the Center mission is promoting equality and respect for individual and cultural differences. Consultation services are available to the entire University community, whether to enhance student wellbeing, to increase the understanding of student culture, or to improve the ability of faculty and staff to meet student needs.
CCSD is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.
261 Perkins Student Center (pictured above)
and 209 Laurel Hall (Student Health building)
NOTE: Perkins location accessible by elevator, located to the right of the staircase on main level or from lower level
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
209 Laurel Hall
(Student Health building)
Hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
If you perceive an immediate danger or risk of suicide, call 911 for immediate assistance.
CCSD has daily emergency walk-in availability during business hours. Students can also reach mental health support 24 hours a day on the UD Helpline or the Crisis Text Line.
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Allison Banbury, M.Ed., LPCMH,NCC, Referral Coordinator
Mary Anne M. Lacour, Ph.D., Associate Director, Clinical Coordinator, Senior Psychologist
Mary Kate Deacon, M.A, Practicum Student (she/her)
Theoretical Orientation: Integration of primarily cognitive behavioral therapy, relational, and interpersonal approaches.
Fun fact: Mary Kate was a competitive figure skater for 13 years!
Favorite Quote: “A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn.” – Helen Keller
Sarah Scalese, M.A., Practicum Student (she/her/hers)
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, with a cognitive behavioral foundation.
Favorite quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.” – Mark Twain
Laura Hollahan, M.A. Practicum Student (she/her)
Theoretical Orientation: CBT-oriented with a strong interest in acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches. Laura is also interested in learning more integrative approaches and psycho-dynamic techniques.
Favorite quote: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf: – Jon Kabat-Zinn
CCSD strictly protects the confidentiality of information shared during sessions. We are ethically committed to confidentiality and federal/state laws require it. This means that even your attendance in counseling is kept confidential.
State and Federal law states that there are four exceptions to this general rule:
- If you disclose to your counselor that you or another person, were abused or neglected as a child, we are legally obligated to report the information to the Delaware Division of Family Services. Please discuss this with your counselor, if you have any questions.
- You may request (by means of a signed release of information) your therapist to disclose information to other individuals or agencies of your choice.
- In instances where there is imminent danger. (In our judgment, if you are at risk of harming yourself or others, we may be obligated to take action to ensure that you or others are safe.) In the event it is necessary to send you to the hospital for further evaluation regarding your safety, we will need to inform the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of Students will coordinate class absences and other matters and will meet with you when you are ready to return to campus.
- Where otherwise requested by subpoena or mandated by court order or State/Federal law.
The situations described above are extremely rare. If they should occur, however, it is the Center’s policy that, whenever possible, we will discuss with you any action that is being considered. You should be aware that we are not legally obligated to inform you or seek your permission, especially if such a discussion would prevent us from securing your safety or the safety of others. If disclosure of confidential information does become necessary, we will release only the information necessary to protect you and/or another person.
CCSD supports students through promoting empowerment, advocacy, encouraging growth and change, building resilience, and fostering student connection and engagement. Mental health needs are on the rise nationwide, and CCSD has seen a 30% increase in needs for our services over the last five years. Your support is needed to expand mental health support and suicide prevention efforts, and break down financial barriers to specialized services for UD students in need.