Counseling Services

Services Offered

All currently enrolled, full-time students are eligible for our services. Students are not charged when they receive services at our office. We adhere to professional ethical standards and all state and federal laws regarding confidentiality.

We consult with any member of the Christopher Newport community – students, staff, faculty and parents – who has questions about him or herself or others.

We offer brief individual and group counseling for any currently enrolled student.

We work in close collaboration with University Police and other offices in emergency situations that require crisis response. University Police will contact the counselor on call to assist in mental health emergencies.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening or medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention, please contact University Police at (757) 594–7777.

Our office works collaboratively with a consulting psychiatrist who can prescribe medication when needed.

We provide a variety of outreach services, including presentations and programming, on many topics, including:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Working with groups and teams
  • Relationships
  • Sexual assault prevention and awareness
  • Alcohol
  • Communication skills

Please contact us if you would like more information about our outreach programs.

We work together with University Police and Health and Wellness Services to offer information, support and counseling for students who have been sexually assaulted.

We do not endorse or recommend a specific mental health service provider. For a listing of mental health options in the area, please refer to the providers listed below.

Make An Appointment

You can make an appointment at the Office of Counseling Services (OCS) by calling (757) 594-7047 or by coming to our office in Freeman H230.

Initial appointment times are generally scheduled Monday through Friday, with the first session hour being scheduled at 9 a.m. and the last session hour being scheduled at 4 p.m. We do not typically schedule sessions during the lunch hour (Noon-1 p.m.). In general, students can be seen for their initial appointment within a couple of business days.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening or medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention, do not contact OCS. Instead call 911 or contact University Police at (757) 594-7777.

If you experience a mental health emergency during normal business hours, you may visit or call our office to see or speak with a therapist.

If you are scheduling an appointment as part of the Center for Honor Enrichment and Community Standards (CHECS) sanctions, please let the front desk staff know so proper paperwork can be completed.

At the end of the initial appointment, the therapist and student will determine what type of services will best help you resolve your concerns. OCS offers a variety of services, including individual counseling, group counseling or both. We use a student-focus on brief treatment model, which typically means that the student’s concerns can be resolved within the course of the semester.

Please note that the therapist you meet with for your initial appointment may or may not become your regular therapist. If brief treatment does not meet your needs, or if you prefer an off-campus therapist, you may be referred to other community providers.

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