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How to Make An Appointment

You can schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor by calling 540-568-6552 or by coming in to Varner House and talking with our receptionist. 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 services if two consecutive or three total appointments are missed (i.e., not canceled 24 hours prior to the session). 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.

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 for ) 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 counselor and he or she will then make a recommendation for assistance. 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.