Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides brief, strengths-based psychological support and crisis intervention to address the emotional, social and academic needs of Elon University students.

Mission Statement:
The mission of Counseling Services is to participate in the educational mission of Elon University by:  providing brief counseling services that help students achieve their academic and personal goals; educating the campus community about the psychological and developmental needs of students through outreach programming and consultation; and responding to the psychological effects of crisis impacting individual students and the campus community.

Counseling Services provides psychological support for Elon University students experiencing a wide range of emotional, social, and academic concerns.  Our counselors are trained and licensed mental health professionals who utilize a brief, strengths-based model in their work with students.  For those students who present concerns that would be better addressed with long term support or specialized services, counselors will help coordinate referral to resources in the local community.  We encourage students to meet with a counselor to develop the most effective resources for their needs.

If a student is experiencing a counseling emergency that is life threatening or involves imminent danger (risk of harm to self or others) at any time, call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.  Counseling Services responds to crisis situations with prompt intervention and stabilization support.  There is a counselor on call for student crises, after hours and on weekends.  This on call counselor can be reached through Campus Safety & Police by calling (336) 278-5555.

The Counseling Center staff welcomes phone calls from parents and concerned others.  Please note that student health and counseling records are confidential.  Information regarding a student's participation in services can only be released with the signed permission of the student or by court order.

How to reach Us

Counseling Services is located in the R.N... Ellington Center for Health & Wellness on south campus at 301 S O'Kelley Avenue.

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.. - 5:00 p.m.., Monday through Friday (See appointment information below)

Phone: (336) 278-7280
Fax: (336) 538-6506
Mail: Campus Box 2040, Elon, NC 27244-2040

Note:  Parking is available in the south campus lot next to the Ellington Center.  Students can arrange for shuttle transportation to the Ellington Center from anywhere on campus by calling (336-) 278-7200, 8:00 a.m..- 4:00 p.m.., Monday through Friday.  It is important that you call ahead if you have a scheduled meeting.

Please be sure to visit our Confidentiality page for information about e-mail.


If a student is experiencing a counseling emergency that is life threatening or involves imminent danger (risk of harm to self or others at any time), call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

Counseling Services provides services on an appointment-only basis, except in the event of an emergency. To schedule an appointment with Counseling Services please call (336) 278-7280. Appointments are available Monday- Thursday, 8:30 a.m.. to 5:00 p.m.. (the last appointment is usually scheduled for 4:00 p.m..). On Friday Counseling Services is available from 8:30 a.m.. to 4:00 p.m.. (the last general appointment will be 3:00 p.m..); exceptions will be call-ahead emergencies.

If students have a counseling crisis that is not life threatening or does not involve imminent danger (risk of harm to self or others), they should contact Counseling Services during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.. - 5:00 p.m..) or Campus Safety and Police at (336) 278-5555 to reach the counselor on call in the evenings or on weekends.

Student visits to the Counseling Services are free of charge. However, students who must miss a scheduled appointment  should call ahead to cancel or reschedule the appointment. There will be a $ 35.00 charge for “no shows” for appointmentswhich have not been canceled or rescheduled prior to the appointment. This charge will be added to the student account. Students may cancel appointments by calling (336) 278-7280 or e-mail our Program Assistant, Linda Springs at  Please indicate if you would like to reschedule your appointment.