Dr. Erin Klingenberg

Vice President for Student Affairs

Director for Counseling Services 

Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor 

Erin Klingenberg Ph.D., LPCC, NCC

Office Location McFarland 209

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone Number: 701-845-7300

Counseling Solutions

Kelsie Carter

Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor: 

Kelsie Carter, M.Ed, LPCC

Office Location McFarland 424

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday evenings 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Phone Number: 701-845-7427

Counseling Solutions

Licensed Associate Professional Counselor: 

Sara Schmuhl, M.S., LAPC

Office Location McFarland 425

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone Number: 701-845-7424

Counseling Solutions

Our goal is to work collaboratively with you to help you achieve emotional and mental wellness. We evaluate your mental and physical state, help you identify environmental, social, and occupational challenges and stressors, help you determine a treatment goal, and provide mental health psychoeducation.

VCSU Counseling Services are free and confidential for students. Any personal concern is appropriate to bring to a mental health counselor.

Student concerns may involve:

  • relationships with others

  • anxiety

  • study problems

  • unpleasant feelings

  • eating disorders

  • depression

  • life decisions

  • sexual identity issues

  • transitioning

  • values clarification

  • alcohol or drug abuse

  • trauma

  • grief & loss

  • stress

  • general topics

We can visit with students face-to-face, or virtually through Microsoft Teams. Visits can be scheduled through email or stopping by McFarland 424 or 425. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

We conduct free anxiety, depression, & alcohol assessments and free diagnostic screenings and referrals. Group counseling, workshops and seminars, consultations, and referrals are also provided by the counseling office per request. Workshops and seminars are designed for students, staff, and faculty.  These include topics such as anxiety, depression, and stress, and can be scheduled by contacting Kelsie Carter, Sara Schmuhl, or Erin Klingenberg.

Informational Videos

What to expect in your first counseling session - Click Here to watch the 2-minute video

For employees: How to make a referral based on the Distressed Students Decision-Making Poster

Important Resource OneStop Pages

Counseling Services Mission

To enhance personal growth, academic success, and lifelong learning by meeting the mental health needs of the students, staff, and faculty by providing preventative health care, individual and group counseling, consulting, workshops, and education.

VCSU Counseling Service works in a spirit of collaboration within the division of Student Affairs to support individual responsibility, personal growth, and wellness of all members of the VCSU community.