How to Make a Counseling Appointment
- To schedule your first appointment, please call 919-515-2423 or come to the Counseling Center in person.
- For counseling emergencies during office hours, please come to the Counseling Center. Walk-in Appointments are available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays except 11:00 am – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays or call 919-515-2423 for more information.
- For after hours emergencies, please call 919-515-3000 and ask to speak to the counselor on call.
- For appointments after your first, you may schedule by calling 919-515-2423.
- You may also wish to review our Notice of Privacy Practices.
Deciding to Seek Counseling
If you are considering counseling, you may feel that a request for help is a sign of weakness. You may feel your concerns aren’t serious enough to warrant counseling. However, confronting a problem shows health, maturity, and strength. Anxiety, depression, or unresolved issues are part of life. The ability to acknowledge those feelings is an important step toward healthy self-care.
Counselors help students gain perspective on any personal problems including relationship concerns, stress, anxiety or depression. The Counseling Center’s services include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention, short-term individual counseling, couples’ counseling, stress management, referrals, and medication.
A wide variety of issues bring students to the Counseling Center. You may wish to talk to a counselor about:
- Poor academic performance
- Improving study skills
- Documentation for academic withdrawal
- Roommate conflicts
- Homesickness and difficulty adjusting to the university
- Disappointing social relationships
- Alcohol and other substance use and abuse
- Difficulty in love relationships
- Loneliness and isolation
- Eating and body image problems
- Depression and suicidal thoughts
- Sexuality and sexual identity
- Family conflict
- Grief and loss
Of course, you may talk to a counselor about any problem that concerns you, especially if it interferes with your activities, thoughts or feelings. It is not uncommon to feel upset, anxious or depressed or to feel unsure about what to do. At its core, counseling is an interaction between someone who is in some way “stuck” and someone trained to help people get “unstuck.” Counselors listen objectively and keep your issues completely confidential.
When you begin counseling, you may feel anxious, shy, self-conscious or weak. Counselors understand that it’s normal to feel uncomfortable and cautious during the first meeting. Thus counselors promote an accepting environment. As your counseling progresses, you will understand your feelings and the root causes of your problems. Your current concerns may prompt you to discover new ways of behaving or expressing your feelings.