Individual counseling is a unique, confidential, and collaborative relationship between a professional and a person seeking help in which both the skills of the helper and the helping environment assist the student with learning to relate to themselves and others in healthier ways. Our services are not only for students with "problems." Many people, including highly successful students, experience significant benefits from participating in counseling. Counseling offers an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings, explore issues of concern, gain awareness and insight, make decisions, learn to problem-solve, learn skills, and to take charge of your life. Students come to counseling for a number of reasons, including:
- Adjustment to College
- Friendship/Dating Difficulties
- Sexual Assault/Rape
- Sexuality/Sexual Identity
- Family Conflicts
- Childhood Abuse
- Personal Growth
- Alcohol/Drug Use
- Eating Disorders
- Anger Management
- Thoughts of Harming Yourself/Someone Else
- Academic Performance
- Roommate Conflicts
Crisis intervention is offered to any student who faces a psychological emergency in which there is a need for immediate assistance. Emergency coverage and crisis intervention are provided in collaboration with other resources. During office hours, call the Counseling Center at 434-395-2409, let us know it is an emergency and the nature of the emergency. If the Counseling Center cannot be reached or it is after hours, please call the Longwood Police Department (434-395-2091), your Resident Advisor (RA), or the Resident Education Coordinator for your hall/building. When needed, the counselor on-call will be notified. For more information on determining if your situation would constitute as an emergency, please visit our emergency page.
Consultation is available to address specific problems or mental health/wellness issues. Faculty, staff, parents, and students concerned about a student are encouraged to call the Counseling Center (434-395-2409). Please note that no information about a student can be divulged without a release of information form signed by the student.
Outreach services are provided to enhance the well-being of the Longwood community. Programs and workshops vary semester to semester. Programs can be arranged by request and will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the campus.
Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
The Counseling Center offers Light Therapy for students who may experiencing the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the Fall and Winter months. To access this service, call or stop by to schedule a screening to find out if this service might be helpful for you.
An undergraduate internship provides an opportunity for the student to learn how academic knowledge is applied in a counseling setting. The intern gains valuable work-related experiences which may give him/her an advantage when seeking employment or further education.
A supervised experience for graduate students is offered. The student is assisted in selecting learning experiences which meet specific course requirements, matches the students' level of mastery, and match the needs of the student and the Counseling Center. The student has an opportunity to integrate what he/she has learned in the classroom with learning in an applied setting.