Counseling Services utilizes a brief therapy approach to provide goal-focused therapeutic interventions to support the emotional, social, and academic goals of Elon students. Clinical services within this framework are recommended based on clinical assessment to determine the appropriate level of care. Students are encouraged to schedule an initial clinical assessment (first appointment) to discuss their concerns with a provider who will help determine the most appropriate treatment option(s) to address their concerns. Some students may require services and interventions beyond the Scope of Clinical Care for Counseling Services.

To learn more about available service, please click on the options below.

Clinical Assessment

The clinical assessment provides an opportunity to meet with a counselor to discuss your presenting concerns and develop a treatment plan based on your specific needs. You will be required to complete standardized forms prior to the appointment. The counselor will likely ask questions about your mental health history, family, background, and current functioning to help develop the most effective treatment plan for you.

Treatment recommendation may include: (1) referral for clinical services available through our office; (2) referral to a campus resource; and/or (3) referral to an off-campus resource for clinical needs beyond our scope of care.

Learn more about our Scope of Clinical Care

Group Counseling

Therapy groups are focused on understanding interactions between group members and regular attendance from the group members throughout the semester is expected. Group counseling is a small group setting in which students with similar concerns meet face-to-face with one or two therapists for typically an hour and a half. During group counseling, members talk about what is of concern to them and may provide feedback to each other. Feedback includes expressing your own feelings to others about what they say or do in the group. Interaction between group members is anticipated and provides each person an opportunity to learn about and try out new ways of interacting and relating.

Learn more about our current groups being offered.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling provides an opportunity for you to meet one-on-one with a counselor to address a particular concern. Individual counseling sessions usually last 45-50 minutes. Frequency of meetings is determined with consideration of clinical need and the Scope of Clinical Care.

Referral Support

Some students may require intensive, long-term treatment, and/or specialized care, including psychiatric services, that are beyond the scope of clinical care for Counseling Services. Counselors will meet with students to assess their needs and help coordinate referrals to resources in the local community as clinically appropriate.

Learn more about our Scope of Clinical Care or search for community providers using our Referral Resources.

Support Groups

Support groups meet either weekly or bi-weekly. Support groups exist for students to discuss their thoughts, feelings, and concerns within a safe space. Students can choose to participate in a support group during every meeting or come to some, but not all, of the meetings throughout the semester.

Learn more about our current support groups being offered.


Workshops feel like interactive learning in a classroom setting. They may occur as a single session or series. The workshop leader will present on a topic and teach the group members information and coping skills. Discussion with the workshop leader, as well as other attendees is often a common part of participating in a workshop.  Students can choose to attend one or all parts of a workshop series that is being offered.

Learn more about our current workshops being offered.

Important Note Regarding Psychiatric Services

Elon Counseling Services does not have a psychiatric provider on staff.

For students currently under the care of a psychiatric provider, we recommend consulting with that provider to explore options to have adequate supply of medication during months away at school and refills made via mail order or when the student returns home over academic breaks (i.e., Thanksgiving or Winter break).

For students accessing care for the first time or who have been advised to find a local provider, our office will we typically refer to  community-based resources. Community-based providers are included under the Referral Resources page.

Elon has established a partnership with Cone Health Outpatient Behavioral Health Services as one local provider option to offer Elon students priority psychiatry appointments. Please review additional information about this partnership with Alamance Regional Psychiatric Associates to learn more about location, appointment availability, and insurance. Click here to see list of those providers.

Students who have financial or familial barriers to access, are encouraged to request a consultation appointment to explore their options.

TimelyCare psychiatric services may be available by referral from Counseling Services.

To qualify for access to TimelyCare’s psychiatric services, an eligible student must request a consultation appointment with a Counseling Services provider who will assess for:

  • financial need /hardship;
  • familial barrier that prohibits them from accessing recommended care; and/or
  • urgent need for acute stabilization (e.g., current impairment of activities of daily functioning- sleep disturbance, hygiene, appetite disturbance, etc.

Note: TimelyCare providers DO NOT assess for ADHD and DO NOT prescribed stimulant medication or other controlled substance.