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Counseling Connections

The Counseling Center created the Counseling Connections program to assist incoming students, with previous or existing mental health concerns, in connecting with local mental health resources. We want to make sure those students have the information and resources they need before they arrive on campus. Counseling Connections is a 30 minute phone consultation between a CC clinician and incoming students and their parents. During the conversation, the CC clinician will gather information about the situation and offer treatment recommendations. Our goal is to make sure that incoming students are connected with the most appropriate services to best meet their needs. Sometimes that service is offered at the Counseling Center. Sometimes there is another JMU office or community resource that would be more appropriate. This consultation appointment does not establish the student as a client of the Counseling Center. 

Frequent Recommendations

  • Schedule an initial appointment at the Counseling Center for clinical services. 
  • Connect with a clinician in the community. 
  • Continue receiving services from your current treatment provider(s). 
  • Access services through another JMU office or department.

Important Suggestions

In order to ensure your wellbeing, success, and health, it is recommended that you continue with the prescribed treatments that you were pursuing before coming to college. If you needed weekly long-term counseling in high school or were taking a certain prescribed medication, continue with those treatments until you have an opportunity to be reassesed. If you are taking a prescription medication, make the necessary arrangements so that you have an adequate supply of medication while you are at JMU. Do not discontinue your relationship with your current medication provider until you have become an established patient in the Harrisonburg community.

Call 540-568-6552 to schedule your Counseling Connection appointment.