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, postdoctoral residency, and masters-level training programs). We hope you find the information on this site helpful and informative.


Valentines Day and Self-Compassion

Published February 7, 2017

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What comes to mind for you when you hear “Valentine’s Day?” For me, I go back to elementary school, when EVERYONE got and gave those kit valentines and candy to EVERYONE else in the class. I think of middle and high school, when you may send or receive carnations in special colors to that special someone. I smile and I flinch. I think of Galentine’s Day memes, boycotts of a Hallmark holiday, and date nights.

Love and connection are absolutely critical aspects of the human experience. Many of us are taught to connect with others early in life, through family relationships, in classes, and on the playground. Early on, we are encouraged to connect with many people; as we get older and gain more experience, we often tend to get more selective in our connections. One connection that I encourage is the connection to oneself.

As we approach this month of February, named for a Latin purification ritual from ancient Rome, I encourage each and every one of you to check in with yourself. It’s cold and still kind of dark outside, which is a perfect opportunity to connect with yourself and engage in some self-compassion. This term has been getting a great deal of attention lately, and for good reason. To me, self-compassion means to take the time to treat yourself with kindness, love, and respect, just as you would a friend or a Valentine. Kristin Neff (http://self-compassion.org) posits that there are three elements of self-compassion: self-kindness (rather than self-judgment), understanding common humanity (rather than isolating from others and feeling inadequate), and mindfulness (neither exaggerating nor under-acknowledging our current emotions and experiences).

If you think you could brush up on your self-compassion, check out Dr. Neff’s website. It has a survey you can take, as well as activities that you can do to check in with yourself. Sometimes February 14th is awesome, sometimes it’s not, and through each year, you always have yourself. So take good care of that!

Stephanie Langston, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, Groups Coordinator, Coordinator of Emergency Services

Spring 2017 Counseling Center Workshops

Published February 6, 2017

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The Feelin’ Good Workshops for February!

Self-Harm: What is it and how can I help myself or another
Wednesday, February 8th, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Three Top Mountain Room/ 169 Plemmons Student Union

Assert Yo'sef: Learn about various communication styles and how to be assertive.
Monday, February 27th, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Beacon Heights Room/ 417 Plemmons Student Union

Please checkout all this semester's Workshops!

Download: Feeling Good Workshops Spring 2017

The Benefits of Group Therapy

Published February 1, 2017

Group Therapy

For many college-aged students, group therapy can be an effective treatment of choice. It has been shown to be effective for reducing isolation, building self-esteem, and helping clients learn to cope with interpersonal difficulties. Based on research, group therapy has been shown to be just as effective as individual therapy. In addition, it can be a great way to transition out of individual therapy while still maintaining and extending the benefits received from those sessions. Most clients’ report positive experiences within group and discover the impact it can have on their growth and well-being.

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What’s Group Counseling All About?

Published January 27, 2017

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Group counseling is one of the services the Counseling Center offers to App State students. Our groups take many different forms to meet student needs. Some are focused on particular topics or communities, such as students who identify as LGBTQ+, students of color, and students with eating concerns. Some groups may meet for 1-2 months and others may last for an entire semester. Some require regular attendance while others are drop-in groups that you can attend as your schedule allows.  

Here are some reasons for college students to consider group counseling:

  • Research on group counseling supports the idea that it can be just as effective as individual counseling.
  • At the Counseling Center, there are no limits on the number of group sessions a student can attend and there is no cost to attend.
  • Groups can provide…
    • a way to feel less lonely and more connected on campus
    • the opportunity for students with similar experiences or concerns to come together to support each other
    • the chance to get perspectives and feedback from multiple sources, including a mental health professional and your peers
    • a way to learn skills to improve relationships, better understand yourself, reduce stress, and cope with other life challenges
    • the chance to learn to feel more comfortable being with and communicating in groups
    • the opportunity to try out new ways of relating to other people in a confidential and supportive environment

Many of our groups will be starting in late January or early February. If you are interested in knowing more about them, we encourage you to watch the following video and to visit our Group Counseling page to learn how to get involved.


(A copy of the Spring 2017 Group Schedule can be downloaded here.)

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Welcome to Spring 2017

Published January 5, 2017


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A warm welcome to all new and returning students to spring 2017!  Our Counseling Center staff is committed to fostering an affirming environment where all students are welcome and respected; a safe and confidential environment that honors each person’s experience and is open to the honest discussion of thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and values.  We hope that you will connect with us this semester!  In thinking about the upcoming semester, here are 4 things I would like to highlight:

  1. Groups.  We had a record number of students participate in our groups last fall, and we have at least 16 different groups happening this spring.  Check out our Group Counseling page and get started!
  2. Coping Skills Toolbox.  Through a generous grant from the Parent and Family Association Board, students will be able to assemble their own “toolbox” filled with fun, relaxing, and stress-reducing objects and activities that research has shown to be helpful with coping.  Look for our Counseling Center tables on campus this semester and build your toolbox!
  3. Kindness.  Kindness is an important value of our staff, and we have an amazing team of kind and knowledgeable professionals and graduate trainees at the Counseling Center.  If you are interested in learning more about some of our team, check out the Our Staff page on the About Us menu.   
  4. Compassion.  I hope that we can all continue to build compassion for each other throughout our campus community, and nurture compassion within ourselves as well.  As we all strive for the goals that are important for us in 2017, let us also remember to be kind to ourselves.  Check out Self-Compassion.Org to learn more about self-compassion and for self-compassion practices.

Best Wishes,

Chris Hogan, Ph.D.


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.

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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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