Essential Information for First-Year Students
Rice students often request help at the Counseling Center when they are:
- Feeling overwhelmed with academic and/or personal pressures or worries...
- Troubled by problems in a dating relationship...
- Bothered by lack of motivation to study, practice, or complete a thesis or dissertation...
- Struggling with symptoms of depression or anxiety...
- Trying to cope with a personal crisis such as the death of a family member or friend, other significant losses, or a major life change.
The Rice Counseling Center is your campus resource for addressing these and other personal, social, and emotional concerns.
Eligibility for Services
Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students who have paid the Student Health fee.
Free, Confidential Services Provided
- Initial assessment
- Short-term individual, couples, and group counseling and psychotherapy, if appropriate. Counseling sessions are provided by the Center's psychologists, licensed professional counselor and interns
- Crisis counseling (for an urgent problem)
- Psychiatric consultations and medication management by the Center's consulting psychiatrist, if appropriate
- Consultation services (regarding a friend, question about a psychological issue, off-campus referrals, etc.)
- Workshops, educational materials, outreach training and programs
- Assistance with finding off-campus referrals for students who need long-term, intensive and/or specialized care not provided by Center staff
Location, Hours, and Contact
The Rice Counseling Center’s primary location is in the Morton L. Rich Health Service Center (next to the Brown College Masters House). A few counselors are located in the Barbara & David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center. If you have been directed by our staff to go to this location for your appointment, then you should go to the first floor of the Barbara & David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center to see the counselor. Initial appointments cannot be scheduled at this secondary location. Please call or come by the primary location at the Rich Health Center for scheduling appointments or emergencies.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00-5:00pm Monday through Friday, closed weekends and university holidays
Phone: (713) 348-4867
Fax: (713) 348-5953
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please Note: This e-mail address is for general administrative purposes and is not monitored by an attendant when the center is not open. Please do not ask clinical questions, request to change appointments or obtain records by e-mail. Due to the difficulty of ensuring the confidentiality of e-mail communications, please do not use e-mail to communicate confidential information to the Rice Counseling Center (RCC). Instead, communicate any confidential information directly to the RCC by phone or in person. As always, formal counseling sessions are required to determine the appropriateness of any clinical recommendations or advice.)