Welcome to the Counseling Center!
As part of the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Success, the purpose of Shenandoah University’s Counseling Center is to help students successfully achieve both their academic and personal goals. Clinicians provide short term personal and confidential counseling on both an individual and group basis and services are free to all matriculating, degree seeking students. Our clinicians do provide teletherapy for distance learners. Please note that SU students taking online courses may be limited in the type of direct services employed if they reside out of the state of Virginia due to state law licensure restrictions.
Students can address any number of concerns including life transitions, self-esteem, relationship conflicts, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and self-harm. Our goal is to help students live effective, responsible, and satisfying lives. We value and respect the privacy and diversity of each campus community member and endeavor to help them feel confident in making informed decisions which will enhance the quality of their lives.
A wellness philosophy serves as the foundation for all services and programs. Wellness helps students be more responsible for their lives and understand the factors that affect their well-being. Students are at a greater risk when they meet demands and challenges without informed and reflective decision-making. In order to help our campus community maintain a healthy balance in life and a success in academic, vocational, and personal goals, best practices in counseling, support, and referral services are available.
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nancy Schulte, LCSW
Counseling Center Director
Phone: (540) 665-4530
Fax: (540) 665-5576
Cooley Hall Rooms 301 – 307
1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601
The Importance of Well-Being and Use of Campus Services
After you’ve considered the academic and social life on a potential campus, dig deeper to understand the school’s approach to mental wellness. College is a time of many changes. Find out who will help you if the transition is challenging. Take it upon yourself to examine each school’s approach to student mental health. Evaluate each college by the availability, sophistication, and specialization of mental health programs and services on campus.
Quick Tip: Orientation
After you have chosen a college, consider planning another visit to the school to talk with advisors, RAs, student counseling and other resources about their services and availability.
- Transition Support – Many schools offer programs during orientation and freshmen year to help students acclimate to college and support them during the emotional transition. Find out what programs prospective schools offer to help students thrive on campus.
- Residential Life — Residential Advisors (RAs) are often a source of support and advice during your first year at school. Find out more about who they are, how they were trained and how they will support you.
- Counseling — Should you need help, find out what resources are available to help with stress management or problems like depression. Does the school provide psychological counseling or support groups? What are the student/provider ratios and counseling center hours? Does the center deal primarily with day-to-day college stressors like time management, relationship issues or sleep difficulties, or is it resourced to address more serious concerns including anxiety, ADHD, depression and substance abuse?
For more great information on transitioning to college, please check out this website:
ACTIVE Minds is the leading national student organization that promotes the active engagement of college students speaking about mental health issues. Read More at www.activeminds.org and sign up to become a member at SU. Please email Leanne Wonesh at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Each of our clinicians is committed to helping students live more effective, responsible, and satisfying lives. Read More
Making An Appointment
The easiest way to make and appointment is to email the Counseling Center Director, Nancy Schulte. Read More
What to Expect
What can you expect during your initial visit?Read more.
Resources & Referrals
The Counseling Center maintains a resource library of books, handouts and pamphlets for use by students. Read More
Forms & Handouts
These papers and many more (as well as brochures) are available in the Counseling Center office, Cooley Hall rooms 301-307. Read More
Mental health emergencies which occur during office hours (9-5pm) can be handled by contacting the Counseling Center at (540) 665-4530 and asking to speak to Nancy Schulte prior to sending the student over to our center’s location at Cooley Hall room 303 (if at all possible). Read More
Responding to Students in Distress
When and how to refer a student to the Counseling Center Read More
For Faculty and Staff
The Counseling Center can provide workshops to train faculty and staff in identifying, intervening and referring students who appear to be in distress for any number of reasons. Read More
Congratulations on being the parent of a college student! College is an exciting and challenging time for students and parents alike. Read More
Thank you for your interest in Shenandoah University’s Counseling Center’s Internship Program. Read More
In an effort to reach out to students, faculty, and staff, the Counseling Center provides educational programming on mental health topics of interest to the campus community. We also have expertise in alcohol and other drug issues. Read More
Sources for help