University Counseling Center

Shoemaker Building
4281 Chapel Lane
Phone: 301-314-7651
Fax: 301-314-9206

Director: Sharon Kirkland-Gordon, Ph.D.

The Counseling Center in Shoemaker Building is staffed by licensed psychologists and counselors who provide free and confidential counseling services for University of Maryland students. To schedule an appointment, call 301-314-7651 or visit the first floor of Shoemaker Building.  An after-hours counseling service staffed by professional counselors is available for urgent mental health concerns after business hours, during weekends, breaks, and holidays.  Call 301-314-7651.  

Counseling Center Services

Accessibility And Disability Service   

The Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals to ensure equal access to services, programs, and activities sponsored by the University of Maryland.  The ADS office is staffed by dedicated professionals who are available to assist, consult, support, and advocate on behalf of individuals requesting disability services.

ADS provides a range of accommodations for students with disabilities, including:

  1. interpreters and transcribing services for deaf or hard-of-hearing students;
  2. enlarged print and alternate text format of textbooks and written materials for individuals with print material disabilities (e.g., blind or low vision, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, or physical disabilities);
  3. extended time and private or reduced distraction testing space for exams; and
  4. assistance with access to various buildings and facilities on campus including access to the campus' paratransit service.

You are strongly encouraged to register early by visiting the Accessibility and Disability Service on the Ground Floor of Shoemaker Building or call 301-314-7682 - (voice and TTY). Students can also email the office at, or visit the ADS website at

Career Counseling

Whether you are choosing a major, changing a major, or establishing career goals, it is important to understand how your personality, values, and interests relate to your future professional goals.  You can get help with this process at the Counseling Center. 

Group Counseling and Workshops  

The Counseling Center offers interpersonal psychotherapy groups and weekly support groups that address a variety of common issues, such as relationships, sexual assault, eating disorders, dissertation support, and stress management.  Facilitated by psychologists and counselors, the typical group size is 6 to 8 students.  One hour psycho-educational workshops that teach basic coping skills also are available.  

Guided Study Sessions (GSS)  

GSS provides peer-led collaborative academic support in traditionally difficult lower level gateway courses. For more information call the Counseling Center at 301-314-7651.

Personal and Psychological Counseling  

You may see a counselor for free short-term individual counseling or couples counseling or join one of the many counselor-led support groups

Research Services

The Research Unit produces a variety of research briefs and publishes articles on the New Student Census, college student development, retention, multiculturalism, and clinical service delivery. 

Support for Parents of College Students

The Parent Warmline is a telephone consultation resource available to parents/guardians/family members concerned about their student's adjustment at college.  Counselors help callers address a range of issues and concerns.

Testing Services

The Testing Office in the Counseling Center administers career and personality tests for counseling purposes, national standardized educational tests, such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, PRAXIS, GMAT, and Miller Analogies, and proctors tests for other colleges and universities.

Counseling Center Hours

Counseling Service Appointments

301-314-7651 (Crisis counseling available after-hours, breaks, weekends, holidays)

Day Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Accessibility and Disability Support Service


Day Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

International Students Walk-In Hours

No appointment needed

Day Hours
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rainbow Walk-In Hours

No appointment needed

Day Hours
Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Students of Color Walk-In Hours

No appointment needed

Day Hours
Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Summer Hours


Day Hours
Mondays-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Testing Office


Day Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Evening and weekend hours for testing purposes

Veterans Walk-In Hours

No appointment needed

Day Hours
Monday – Thursday call for hours