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Student Counseling Center

Dakota Hall
Vermillion, SD 57069

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For after hours crisis situations, please see the Crisis Services tab below.

Schedule an Appointment

The college years can be filled with new and enriching experiences but can also present challenges which may interfere with your academic progress and emotional well-being. The Student Counseling Center's (SCC) goal is to help you make the most of your years here at USD.

We are committed to providing students with the support they need to succeed. If you are struggling, please know that you are not alone. Contact the Student Counseling Center today to learn more about our services and how we can help.

Services We Offer

The Counseling Center is a confidential, non-judgmental space where students can receive support for a variety of mental health concerns. Our team of licensed professionals offers a wide range of services, including individual counseling, group therapy, prevention services and crisis services.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff at the Student Counseling Center.
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Debra Robertson

Senior Director Student Counseling-Student Disability Services and Student Health
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Rebecca Glover

Assistant Director, Counselor
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Sheila Johnson

Mental Health, Sub Abuse Counse
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Jacob Johnson

MH/Substance Abuse Counselor
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Benjamin Severson

MH, Addiction Counselor
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Madison Harrington

Coord Prev Services, Counselor
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Trevor Mandernach

TRIO SSS Counselor
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Katy Murphy

Accommodations Coord/Counselor
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Brittany Peterson

Program Assistant 1
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Tanner Peterson

Coordinator of Athlete MH-Addiction and Preventative Services

Campus Support

Listed below are some presentations we offer at the Student counseling center.

Mental Health:

  • Stress 
  • Anxiety  
  • Imposter syndrome 
  • Disordered Eating 
  • Self-Harm 
  • Work/Life Balance 
  • QPR 


  • Marijuana Education 
  • Alcohol Education 
  • Healthy Choices 
  • Suicide Prevention 
  • Sexual Assault 

Presentation / Outreach Request

Interview Request

Resource Guide

We provide recourses to assist faculty, staff and peers working with a student in need of assistance. To view these resources, please download our Coyote Resources Guide.

View Coyote Resource Guide

CARE Team (formerly known as BIT)

Do you know a student who needs assistance but do not know how to help? Please contact us for guidance to appropriate service and support provisions by phone at 605-677-5331, by email at or fill out the form below.

Submit CARE Referral

Employment Opportunities

A massage chair in the SCC.

De-stress in the Zen Den

Our Zen Den space offers a number of services:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Light Therapy
  • Tone Therapy
  • Zen Sand Trays
  • Eye Massagers
  • Egg Chair
  • Massage Chair
  • Mindful Message/Zen Cards

You will follow this link and reserve the space online. Appointments are set up for a 45 min time slot. You do not need to use the whole time. You are welcome to use anything inside the Zen den during your appointment time. We ask that no more than two people use the Zen Den at a time.

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