On-Campus Resources

Private Space for Community-Based Mental Health Appointments

The Center for Well-Being and Erickson Hall have reservable, private spaces from which students may participate in virtual appointments with their community-based mental health providers. These are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday when the campus is open. To reserve a space, please send an email with your desired reservation date and time to privatecounselingspace@umbc.edu. If we cannot accommodate your request, we will get back to you to discuss other available times. All reservation requests should be made at least 72 hours in advance.

Mind Spa

The Mind Spa is a space curated to help you relax, improve concentration and memory, and be a successful student.

The Mind Spa is equipped for the practice of mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, and overall self-care. Practicing mindfulness and meditation can have important physical and mental health benefits such as increased concentration, awareness, and regulation of emotions. Studies show that these practices have positive short- and long-term effects on the brain. You might begin to notice benefits from your participation at the Mind Spa immediately or after a few uses.

The Mind Spa is located in 116, The Center for Well-Being and 163, Patapsco Hall.

Mind Spa Hours

116, The Center for Well-Being

To access, please go to the Office of Health Promotion in 102, The Center for Well-Being.

  • Tuesday:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

163, Patapsco Hall

  • Monday – Sunday:  8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Massage Chair

Select an automated massage program or create a custom relaxation experience to put your mind and body at ease. Massage helps by soothing sore muscles, relieving stress, and prompting the body to release endorphins which relieve tension and improve mood.

Meditation Cushions/Zafus

We have created a space for meditation consisting of several meditation cushions, or Zafus. Instructions for proper use of the Zafus can be found in the Mind Spa.

Breathing/Mindfulness Exercises

We have designed the Mind Spa to be an ideal space for practicing mindfulness and breathing exercises. Feel free to come in and shut the door for these quiet experiences.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to what is happening to you moment to moment. To practice mindfulness, one focuses on slowing down and bringing awareness to thoughts, feelings, and actions without attaching judgments to them.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Researchers, clinicians, and spiritual practitioners define mindfulness as the nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment. Mindfulness meditation practice involves the cultivation of capacities for attention, self-awareness, and regulation of emotion. Research has linked increased capacity for mindfulness meditation with a reduction in the presence of the stress hormone, cortisol (Jacobs, et al., 2013). Mindfulness has also been linked to increased self-awareness (Carlson, 2013). Importantly for our students, mindfulness training has been linked to improved test scores and working memory (Mrazek et al., 2013). These are only a few studies, and interest and research about mindfulness meditation in the medical literature is growing rapidly.

How can I practice mindfulness in the Mind Spa?

Check out our “Practicing Mindfulness” worksheets in the Mind Spa.

Online Interactive Self-Help Therapy (WellTrack)

Breathing/Relaxation Exercises

Below is a list of websites that include tutorials for breathing/relaxation exercises. Please note that these sites are not maintained by the Counseling Center and include external resources.

These resources are not meant to replace treatment and we encourage you to visit the Counseling Center should you have questions or need support with engaging in these exercises.

Self-Help Book Nook

We have a number of self-help books available for students to enjoy in the Mind Spa. Grab a book and a seat on the meditation cushions or in the massage chair.

  • Children of Alcoholics by Ackerman, Robert
  • How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Bloomfield, H., Colgrove, M., McWilliams, P.
  • A Queer & Pleasant Danger by Bornstein, Kate
  • Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by Burns, David D.
  • Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life for Teens by Ciarrochi, J., Hayes, L., Bailey, A.
  • Becoming a Master Student by Ellis, Dave
  • The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Evans, Patricia
  • The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety by Forsyth, J. & Eifert, G.
  • Answers to Distraction by Hallowell, E. & Ratey, J.
  • Driven to Distraction by Hallowell, E. & Ratey, J.
  • Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life by Hayes, Steven
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Kabat-Zinn, Jon
  • The Assertiveness Workbook by Paterson, Randy
  • Handbook of Minority Student Services by Taylor, Charles (ed.)
  • Hope & Help for Your Nerves by Weeks, Claire
  • Shyness: What It Is; What to Do About It by Zimbardo, P.