Counseling Services

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center is a confidential place for students to come and talk about problems or issues they might be experiencing. Students can face many challenges in college, such as adjustment to college life, poor time management skills, relationship problems, or just being plain home sick. There are times, however, that students can face more serious issues, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse or other emotional issues that can negatively affect their college life. The Counseling Center is here to serve the students and enhance their overall academic and social experience. Students can receive support, guidance, and advice to help them reduce stress and improve their quality of college life.

The Counseling Center is located at 122 South Hall and open Monday-Friday with flexible hours, including afternoons and evenings. Office hours will be posted on the door; accommodations for special appointments can be made, if needed. All services are confidential, with the exception of threats of harm or violence, and free. To make appointments, please call 768-9791 or email You can also stop by Student Support Services and someone will assist you.

Meet Your Counseling Center Staffer

Ralph McPherson, LCSW

Ralph McPherson is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing since 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Maine at Presque Isle and did his graduate work at the University of Maine, graduating in 1991. Over the years, he has worked with adult mental health issues, substance abuse, Hospice care, medical social work, and issues of aging. He has been providing counseling services at the Counseling Center for 5 years. He also is in private practice and has a consulting business. In his spare time, he likes to fish, golf, and enjoys history.

“I would like to welcome all new and returning students to the University of Maine at Presque Isle. It is my honest and best wish to you that you achieve great success in your academic pursuits.”