Individual Counseling

The Counseling Center provides brief, solution-focused individual counseling services. Individual counseling services are short-term: students are allotted 12 individual counseling sessions within an academic year. (For the Counseling Center, the academic year begins and ends in mid-May.) There is no limit on participation in group counseling or walk-ins.

If the counselor believes that a student’s needs could be served more appropriately outside the Counseling Center, the counselor will work with the student to ensure connections with referrals to treatment providers in the community.

Individual counseling is an opportunity to explore, manage, and/or resolve personal concerns regarding such topics as:

  • Self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Adjusting to college
  • Relationship issues
  • Family issues
  • Stress management and coping skills
  • Time management
  • Academic concerns
  • Assertiveness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating concerns and body image
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity issues
  • Substance abuse and dependence


Any student who is registered for at least one course in a given semester is eligible for individual counseling services during that semester. Eligible students include:

  • Resident and commuter students
  • Full-time and part-time students
  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Summer students taking courses
  • Summer students living and/or working on campus

Students who cease to be registered due to withdrawal, suspension, or dismissal from the University cease to be eligible for counseling services.


Use of Counseling Center services does not become part of a student’s academic record and is strictly confidential. However, there are limits to confidentiality as required by law. In rare circumstances such as the following, information may be released:

  • When a student signs a written request to have information released;
  • When a student discloses intention to harm self or others;
  • When a counselor has reasonable suspicion that a child or dependent adult is being abused or neglected; and
  • When a judge orders that information be provided via subpoena.

In the event that information about a student must be released because of one or more of the above exceptions to confidentiality, the student will be informed fully.

Scheduling an Appointment

Students can schedule an initial appointment by visiting the Counseling Center, Berg Hall, Room 1014 or contacting the Center at (703) 526-6861.

Walk-in Appointments

Students are welcome to request immediate assistance on a walk-in basis; however, appointments are recommended.

Walk-in periods are scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and are available to students on an unscheduled, first-come/first-served basis. Students will meet briefly (15- 20 minutes) with a counselor, who can provide immediate problem-solving assistance and discuss options for continued support and assistance.

NOTE: In general, specialized and/or long-term mental health treatment is considered a personal health-care responsibility, and is not a service provided by the University. The Counseling Center can help students in connecting with whatever support or assistance they need in the community.