Mission Statement and Director's Message


The Mission of the University of Montana Counseling Services is to facilitate student success through a focus on mental health and well-being. We assist students in identifying challenges and developing skills that empower them to develop broader insight and create positive change in their lives. In support of the University's educational mission, we contribute to students' mental health and well-being by offering individual and group counseling, substance use programs, psycho-education, prevention programming, and outreach and consultation services. Our staff offers professional expertise and strives to be perennial learners who are committed to creating a space where all people from any background are welcome, and where concerns are explored with cultural humility and sensitivity.

A Message from the Counseling Services Director

Welcome to Counseling Services at the University of Montana. We strive to assist students of all identities, beliefs, and experiences in identifying, understanding, and resolving problems in their lives while providing a safe, inclusive, confidential and affirming care setting for all.

Each year, about 1000 students consult with Counseling Services for a wide variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship troubles, response to traumatic events, self-injury, eating disorders, family issues, suicidal feelings and adjustment difficulties. Most students are seen for short-term therapy, and in some cases may also be assisted with referrals to community providers for more intensive therapy when appropriate.  

Part of our center’s mission has always been to provide a safe and empowering place for individuals to discover and embrace their identities. Counseling Services recognizes that incidents of social injustice, racial divisiveness, and social turmoil in our country and around the world can impact students, and that trauma, in the context of negotiating marginalized and growing identities, is a real and ongoing source of stress for many. As mental health professionals, we have a responsibility and a calling to serve those in pain, to help give voice to those who have been silenced, and to use our training and passion for humanity to help heal others. We honor the experience of all people and we will continue to work to uphold and celebrate diversity, equity & inclusion. 

I hope you will review our web pages and reach out to us with any questions. Whatever challenges you may be facing, we are here to help you navigate them. 

My bright hopes for your success and positives experiences at the University of Montana.


Trace Anderson, MSW, LCSW

Interim Director of Counseling Services