I have been thinking a lot lately about the power of the outdoors and the intrinsic connection we humans have with nature. Perhaps it is the coming of spring and the longer, warmer days of this season. Or maybe it is the stories I hear every day in my work with students about how much better they feel after the simple act of spending time outside. Or it could be the panic I felt after I reading a recent news headline about today’s youth spending an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones, and other electronic devices. Ever since I was a child, I have found solace in being outside, especially in nature. I grew up in remote, rural places so my playground was the woods, beach, and ocean as opposed to a cityscape. I think I discovered at an early age, without even knowing it, that the simplicity and vastness and beauty of the natural world is a remedy for all sorts of ills.Read more
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.
With April comes warmer weather, cherry blossoms, and the promise of summer adventures coming around the corner. But it also brings with it the peak of academic stress which inevitably accompanies approaching finals, the end of the semester, and for some, graduation. Though life stress is inevitable, letting stress rule you isn’t. The trick is to balance stress with coping skills.
One means of coping is through the use of grounding skills, a type of mindfulness practice that provides us an anchor into the present moment. After all, much of our stress stems from “mental time travel” into the past or the future. Think about your own suffering, is it stemming from what is happening right now? Certainly, there are occasions where it is, but a large deal of stress comes from ruminating over the past or worrying about what challenges the unknown future will bring. We can catch a break from all of this by tuning back into the present moment, a moment that is often better than our brains would have us believe.
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.Read more
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:
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
Chris Hogan, Ph.D.
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.
1st Floor, Miles Annas Building
614 Howard Street
Boone, NC 28608-2044
P.O. Box 32044
Boone, NC 28608
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.