How to Make An Appointment
You can schedule an initial appointment by calling 540-568-6552 or coming in to the Counseling Center, located on the 3rd floor of The Student Success Center, and talking with our front desk staff. The Counseling Center is open Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. In emergency situations a crisis counselor is available to assist students.
If You Need to Cancel or Reschedule
Please call 540-568-6552 if you will be late or need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. We would appreciate as much advance notice as possible, preferably, at least 24 hours prior to your appointment time.
When you request services at the Counseling Center, time is reserved on a counselor's schedule for your appointment. Thus, missed and canceled appointments prevent valuable, limited staff time from being offered to other students in need. The Center may terminate ongoing individual counseling and psychiatric services for the period of a calendar year when two consecutive appointments are missed (i.e., not canceled 24 hours prior to the session) during a semester or three consecutive appointments are missed over any time frame. Services may also be terminated if an excessive number of sessions are canceled. However, if you currently or in the future find yourself dealing with a personal crisis which necessitates immediate attention by a mental health professional (e.g., suicidal or homicidal thoughts or actions, sexual assault, death of a significant person), you are still eligible to access the Counseling Center’s crisis counseling services by calling 540-568-6552. Upon request, a counselor will also connect you with alternative treatment options within the Counseling Center including group therapy, specialized treatment programs, relaxation and expressive arts resources, and case management, or will assist you in locating counseling services in the Harrisonburg community.
Who is Eligible for Counseling Services?
All full-time students (undergraduates taking at least 12 credit hours, or graduate students taking at least 6 credit hours) are eligible for services at the Counseling Center.
The Counseling Center does not provide services to students who are required to receive pre-adjudication and/or court-mandated mental health treatment or assessment. Students seeking such services will be provided referrals to professionals in the Harrisonburg community.
What to Expect at the Initial Appointment
Initial appointments typically last 15-20 minutes. During the appointment you will discuss your current issue with a clinician who will make a recommendation about appropriate services. Depending upon your assessed needs, this recommendation may include a referral to our services such as workshops, group counseling, or individual counseling or a referral to a mental health provider in the local community.