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.

Psychiatric Care

A psychiatric provider is on staff to provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management, as indicated, for clients actively engaged in a therapeutic relationship with a Counseling Services clinician. Services are provided to support immediate stabilization and short-term medication management until ongoing services can be established. The referring clinician will help coordinate psychiatric appointments. Note: The psychiatric provider is bilingual in English and Spanish.

For psychiatric emergencies, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency department- Emergency & Crisis Assistance. Student seeking ongoing psychiatric care and those requiring medication management for stimulant medications should explore the Referral Service for information about psychiatric providers in the community.

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.


Counselors are available to consult with faculty, staff, students, and family members that have questions about our services or are seeking guidance when concerned for a particular student. Staff will listen to your concerns and may provide you with information regarding how you can respond or intervene with the student, and if applicable, how to make a successful referral to counseling or other relevant resources.

Due to the limits of confidentiality, our staff cannot reveal any information to you about a student, including if they are currently attending sessions or not, unless the student has signed an authorization specifically giving us permission to share information with you.

If you are looking for a University staff member to reach out to a student, or for administrative staff to be aware of your concerns, contact Student Care and Outreach at (336) 278-7200, or by submitting an online student care referral.

Learn more about helping a student in distress.

Crisis Assistance

For life-threatening emergencies at any time, please call 911.

Crisis assistance is provided for urgent mental health needs (e.g. thoughts of harming yourself or someone else). There is a Counselor-On-Call available for crisis triage 24/7 by calling (336) 278-2222.

For psychiatric emergencies, including serious side effects related to psychotropic medication use, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency department.

Learn more about Emergency and Crisis Assistance.

Outreach Services

Counseling Services provides outreach services to promote wellness and provide education on a range of mental health topics. For more information about available topics, please visit the Outreach Requests page.


Some students may require intensive, specialized, and/or long-term treatment 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 Service.