Individual Counseling

The Counseling Center provides short-term individual counseling to currently enrolled students. Students who present with concerns that may require longer or more intensive treatment, or expertise not available in the Counseling Center, are assisted with a referral to off-campus practitioners who are able to provide such care. 

Due to COVID-19, the Counseling Center is limiting in-person contacts and providing individual counseling through Telemental Health during Fall 2020.  Please review the Counseling Center's Telemental Health Informed Consent.

Individual counseling is an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about personal concerns and to facilitate your holistic development and pursuit of academic and personal goals. The counselor and client collaborate to define personal concerns to discuss and to reach mutually agreed upon goals for counseling. Concerns addressed may include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Family Concerns
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Adjustment to College
  • Eating Concerns/Body Image
  • Grief and Loss
  • Sexuality/Gender Identity Issues
  • Identity Development
  • Self-Esteem / Confidence
  • Substance Use and Abuse (If this is your primary or only concern, consider meeting with the specialist in Wellness and Prevention Services.)
  • Distress or trauma caused by discrimination, oppression, or harassment
  • Isolation and Loneliness

Sessions are generally 45 minutes weekly or every other week. Most students experience improvement within 1 - 5 sessions, with individual sessions limited to ten sessions per academic year. If needed, a referral to a private therapist or community service will be made as early as possible.

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