Welcome to the Counseling Center!

Here you will find information about the services we offer; how to get started; our scope of services; links to a variety of free screenings and mental health resources; information about our prevention and educational programming; and details about training opportunities (doctoral internship and masters-level training programs). We hope you find the information on this site helpful and informative.


Sleep More!

Published October 2, 2015



Sleep is one of the most important things for good mental health - especially in college. We spend about a third of our lives asleep, and research indicates that getting enough sleep is crucial for our well-being. Research suggests that the typical college student does not get enough sleep. However, research also indicates that students who don't get the sleep they need experience poorer physical health, psychological well-being, and academic performance.

Start feeling better and getting better grades tonight by getting enough sleep! Here are some evidence-based tips for better sleep.

  • Aim to get about 7-9 hours of sleep a night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, young adults need between 7 to 9 hours each night for optimal physical and mental health.
  • Try to go to sleep and wake up at about the same times every day. Although sleeping in can feel good, keeping a fixed sleep schedule helps you fall asleep faster and get the amount of sleep you need.
  • Don't go to bed until you feel sleepy. Try to keep the same bedtime every night, but make sure not to go to bed until you feel physically tired. Lying wide awake in bed only makes us feel more stressed out about not sleeping. Over time, this can cause our brains to associate our beds with being awake and anxious - pretty much the opposite of what we want! In contrast, if we only go to bed when we feel tired, our brains associate our beds with sleep. This makes it easier to fall and stay asleep.
  • Leave your bed if you are having trouble falling asleep. If you are having trouble getting to sleep, get out of your bed and do something else. Go back to bed when you feel sleepy again.
  • Try not to nap. In most cases, napping make us feel less sleepy at night. This makes it more difficult to fall and stay asleep.
  • Only use your bed for sleep. Although reading in bed can be fun, make sure not to use your bed for any activity other than sleep. This means no studying, watching TV, or eating nachos in bed. By only using your bed for sleep, you will make it easier to fall and stay asleep when you are in your bed.
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Welcome (Back), Students!

Published September 21, 2015

Tree Road

The Counseling Center would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new and returning students! The beginning of the academic year can be a stressful time. Please remember that the Counseling Center is here to support you, whether you are struggling with transitioning to App State, a recent break-up, anxiety, depression, eating concerns, or any other issue. Read more below for additional information on how you can get started at the Counseling Center.

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Fall 2015 Transfer Connect

Published August 31, 2015

The Counseling & Psychological Services Center is proud to announce our Fall 2015 Transfer Connect programs - Be sure to check this week's programs. Transfer Connect is meant to improve and enhance the transfer student experience. Many transfer students identify their three primary stressors as homesickness, financial stress, and a lack of connectedness to the university and community.

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Emergency Services

The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and other trauma.  Call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on call.

During operating hours, students in crisis can walk in any time.

Survive and Thrive - Suicide Prevention: Information and Training

Contact Us


Physical Address: 
1st Floor, Miles Annas Building
614 Howard Street 
Boone, NC 28608-2044

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 32044
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: 828-262-3180
Fax: 828-262-3182

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m

Initial Consultation Hours:
Monday - Friday:
8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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