The Counseling Center provides short-term, individual counseling to currently-enrolled AppState 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. Individual counseling is an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about personal concerns and to facilitate personal growth. The counselor and client work together to define and discuss personal concerns and to reach mutually agreed upon goals. Concerns addressed may include:
- Anxiety Management
- Relationship Difficulties
- Separation From Parents
- Adjustment to College
- Eating Concerns/Body Image
- Grief and Loss
- Sexuality/Gender Identity Issues
- Substance Use and Abuse (If this is your primary or only concern, consider meeting with the specialist in the Appalachian Student Wellness Center.)
- Cultural Adaptation
- Roommate Conflicts
- 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.
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.