Counseling Services strives to facilitate the development of Elon University students by providing psychological interventions to promote the holistic well-being of Elon University students. Counseling Services has three essential roles for advancing the educational mission of Elon University:

1. Providing clinical services that help students achieve their academic and personal goals.
2. Educating the campus community about the psychological and developmental needs of students through community-level interventions, including outreach programming and consultation.
3. Responding to the psychological effects of crisis impacting individual students and
the campus community

Counseling Services utilizes a brief therapy model to help students resolve or effectively manage a specific concern, or achieve a desired change in support of their academic and personal goals. Clinical services within this framework include clinical assessments to determine the appropriate level of care, group and individual counseling, Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), workshops, and crisis intervention. Counseling Services also provides consultation, outreach, and referral services. Students are encouraged to schedule a 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.

Students with the following concerns and characteristics will likely need a different type or level of care than what is within the role and scope of Elon’s Counseling Services. The list below reflects general guidelines and is intended only as a guide.

  • Students who appear to have longer-term treatment needs. Reasons may include:
    • Consistently needing services more than once per week and/or frequent consultation after hours that cannot be stabilized with short term crisis intervention
    • Active eating disorders requiring extensive medical monitoring
    • Concerns which a brief therapy model of treatment will not appropriately address
  • Students who need services other than those offered at Counseling Services. Reasons may include:
    • Intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment
    • Medical detoxification and/or medical stabilization
    • On-going mandated treatment
    • Comprehensive assessments (e.g., learning disabilities, ADHD)
    • Psychological assessments or evaluations for selection, performance prediction, or forensic purposes (e.g., professional school application, employment security assessment, litigation or legal adjudications)
    • Specialized services beyond the clinical expertise of Counseling Services staff
  • Students who are unable to comply with treatment (e.g., repeated no shows)
  • Students who are already receiving ongoing therapy with another mental health provider
  • Students seeking therapy for the sole purpose of obtaining documentation for another office
  • Students seeking services while away from campus (e.g., away over summer break, Study abroad or Study USA, etc.

Search community provider listings on our Referral Service page.