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. 


Managing Transitions with Self-Help Resources

Published May 17, 2018

Mindfulness Stones

As the school year comes to a close, many of us are "switching gears" and making plans for travel, starting new internships or jobs, or preparing for new class schedules. Changing routines can be stressful and connecting with new sources of support can take some time, so these transitional periods are a great opportunity to try out some new self-help tools! Here are a few of our favorites:

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The Great Outdoors: Connecting to Your Roots

Published April 19, 2018

Faculty & Staff     

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 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.

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What’s Group Counseling All About?

Published January 3, 2018

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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.  

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Invite a Counseling Center’s Mental Health Ambassador into your classroom or club meeting!

Published September 2, 2017

As we all work together to break the stigma surrounding mental health & counseling!

 Why schedule an MHA presentation?

  •     One in four young adults between the ages of 18 & 24 have a diagnosable mental illness yet this age group shows the lowest rate of help seeking
  •     Mental health issues are a leading impediment to academic success
  •     Untreated mental illness in college students is associated with lower GPA & drop out
  •     Treatment is effective but shame & stigma interfere with access
  •     Our trained peers are the most effective means of encouraging our students to seek help

Its Real: College Students and Mental Health video coverWe are excited to offer a NEW program this year!
A short film featuring real stories and experiences of students. It’s Real that depression and other mental health conditions are real illnesses that can be managed through specific treatments and interventions. It encourages students to be mindful of the state of their mental health, to acknowledge and recognize when they are struggling, and to take steps to seek help.


To schedule a screening of this film or another mental health presentation go to www.mha.appstate.edu or contact lazarek@appstate.edu.


Statement on Diversity

Published August 2, 2017

The staff of the Counseling & Psychological Services Center is committed to the valuing of diversity in all of its forms. All are welcome, respected, and appreciated here.

We live in a diverse world consisting of many groups of people who have been de-valued and discriminated against based on such characteristics as race, ethnicity, cultural background, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic status. We believe that such prejudice and discrimination is detrimental to those who are targets, those who target, and the world in general.

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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.

Prevent Suicide Block

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.

 - Please Note -
During Summer Sessions, Initial Consultation Hours at times may vary. Please contact us at (828) 262-3180 for our current schedule and to verify availability.

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