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For details about Student Affairs operations, see the Student Affairs Covid-19 Response. Updated June 10, 2020 at 8:20 a.m.

Welcome to The Counseling Center


In Response to Race Related Violence and Recent Tragic Events

The Counseling Center acknowledges the impact of the recent tragic events on our students at Appalachian State as well as the long-standing historical context of violence against the Black community. We at the Counseling Center stand in solidarity with our Black students, faculty, and staff in response to the violent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and many others who have died as a result of violence toward Black individuals and communities. At the Counseling Center, we recognize the adverse effects of systemic racism, violence, multigenerational racial trauma, and the weathering effects of microaggressions on the physical and emotional wellbeing of Black people and other people of color.

We care deeply about our students and recognize the grief, sorrow, anger, pain, and trauma that our students and their families may be experiencing at this time. Please know that you are not alone and that we are here to support you. We can join you in processing how systems of oppression impact you, and we can also help you connect to resources that feel safe and that resonate with you.

All students are welcome at the Counseling Center.  We offer initial consultations and individual counseling sessions through TeleMental Health.  Please call 828-262-3180 to get started.  For those who would like support but are not interested in ongoing counseling, we also have Let's TeleTalk counselors who are available.  For additional resources, please see below. 

Please let us know how the Counseling Center can support you, your organizations, and our community during this time.  We look forward to continuing to engage in efforts toward anti-racism and collaborating on further strategies for serving our students.

With Compassion,

The Counseling Center Staff

Resources for Black Individuals and Communities:

Black Lives Matter: Meditations

Black Lives Matter: Toolkits

Common Coping Strategies

Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways to Support Yourself

Liberate Meditation App (by and for people of color)

Proactively Coping with Racism

Therapy for Black Girls Podcast

Intersectionality Matters! Podcast

Association of Black Psychologists Community Self-Care Toolkit

Ally/Antiracism Resources:

Disarming Racial Microaggressions: Microintervention Strategies for Targets, White Allies, and Bystanders

How to Talk to Kids about Race: Books and Resources That Can Help

Talking About Race: Being Antiracist

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

How to be an Antiracist Ally

Harvard Implicit Bias Test

AppState Resources:

Intercultural Student Affairs

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

Wellness and Prevention Services

Office of the Dean of Students

Counseling Center Services During COVID-19

The Counseling and Psychological Services Center remains committed to assisting and supporting students during this time.  How we deliver these services is slightly different due to CDC recommendations for social distancing, and may continue to evolve:

  • Initial Consultations:  We are scheduling Initial Consultations by phone to help students interested in continuing or getting started with counseling through TeleMental Health, who would like to talk about support for themselves during this time, or who would like assistance with referrals or other resources.  Please call us at 828-262-3180 to schedule an Initial Consultation to discuss options.
  • TeleMental Health:  We offer Individual Counseling through TeleMental Health. Please call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 to schedule an Initial Consultation and speak with a Counselor about options for services that will match your needs. Please review the Counseling Center's TeleMental Health Informed Consent.
  • Emergency Services:  Please see our updated emergency services page for options if living in Boone, other parts of NC, and contact information for national resources.
  •  Quick Access Virtual Workshops – Join us for our "drop-in" virtual workshops offered live on Tuesdays at 3pm throughout the summer- including Anxiety Toolbox, Kind Mind, and HEALS (Healthy Emotions and Life Skills).
  • "Let's TeleTalk!": brief, one-on-one consultations with Counseling Center counselors. Let's TeleTalk counselors can share helpful resources, offer their perspective on specific problems or concerns, assist in learning how to help a friend, and answer questions about what it might be like to talk with a counselor. 
  • Self-Help:  See our website below for taking care of your mental health during COVID-19.  Also, see our self-help resources available to assist with anxiety, depression, sleep, relationships, traumatic events, etc.  See also these additional on-line Mental Health Resources during COVID-19.
  • Additional local and national resources are available at the Dean of Students Case Management page.

Please see our Counseling Center Forms page for any needed documents.

Feelin' Good Workshop Series!

Stay connected with the Counseling Center this summer! We are offering workshops each week to help you reduce isolation, build new skills, and increase mental wellbeing and coping. Workshops are 45-60 minutes. They are offered live via Zoom and as recordings on our YouTube channel and Instagram page. We can provide verification of attendance if your faculty members offer extra credit. To see the schedule and Zoom instructions, log in here, search for Counseling and Psychological Services, and view the “Events” section of our portal. We hope to see you soon!  


May 22
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Let’s Talk is going virtual!

L e t ' s  T e l e T a l k!

Due to recommendations from the CDC, State of North Carolina, and UNC System related to COVID-19, the ASU Counseling & Psychological Services Center (the Counseling Center) is not offering in-person Let’s Talk consultations until further notice. However, we are excited to offer a virtual version of this service, Let’s TeleTalk. Let’s TeleTalk is a program that provides easy access to informal, brief, confidential one-on-one consultations with Counseling Center counselors. Let’s TeleTalk provides informal consultations to help students address specific problems and to familiarize them with the process of talking to a counselor. Let’s TeleTalk consultants can share helpful resources, offer their perspective on a student’s concerns, and assist in learning how to help a friend; additionally, they can help students determine whether formal counseling at the Counseling & Psychological Services Center would be useful and, if appropriate, assist students in scheduling an appointment. Although Let’s TeleTalk counselor consultants are mental health professionals, this service is not intended to be a substitute for psychotherapy or emergency services and does not constitute mental health treatment.

Disclaimer: While we strive to ensure the confidentiality of Let’s TeleTalk sessions, there are privacy risks associated with any online platforms.


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Join us for our Summer 2020 Quick Access Virtual Workshop Series

The Quick Access Virtual Workshops are designed to give students simple skills to manage common concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, diminished self-esteem, and more. Join us this summer on Tuesdays at 3 pm via Zoom for a rotation of the workshops: Anxiety Toolbox, HEALS (Healthy Emotions and Life Skills), and Kind Mind. Students can log in to the Counseling Center's Engage page to find the Zoom links. Recorded versions of the workshops can also be found on our YouTube and Instagram (@appstatecounselingcenter) pages. 


Apr 15
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Taking Care of Your Mental Health during the COVID-19 Infectious Disease Outbreak

(Adapted with permission from Northwestern University Counseling and Psychological Services)

During this time of uncertainty and change, individuals’ emotional and mental health may understandably be impacted. Reactions to a crisis, whether or not one has been directly exposed to the disease, can vary from person to person. As you recognize the demands that the current situation has placed on you and others, please consider the following recommendations for caring for your mental wellbeing during this challenging time. 


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Contact Us

1st Floor, Miles Annas Building
P.O. Box 32044
614 Howard Street
Boone, NC 28608
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.

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.

For additional resources see our Emergency Services page.

Prevent Suicide Block