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 enrolled in 7 or more academic credits in their undergrad or graduate programs. 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.
Sometimes students come to our center seeking assistance regarding emotional support pets. The university has a specific procedure for this request which is processed in the office of Learning Resources and Services. For information on emotional support animals follow this link:
Monday – Wednesday- Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cooley Hall 306
Cooley Hall Rooms 301 – 307
1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601
Contact Concern Hotline (available 24/7)
(540) 667 – 0145
How to Make Appointments:
Effective April 18th, 2017:
Due to the retirement of Nancy Schulte, the Counseling Center Director, all students seeking services please contact our Lead Counselor Ashlynn Foster to schedule appointments and inquire about any other questions you might have. Her contact is firstname.lastname@example.org and her number is 540-665-4868, her office is Cooley 306.
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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 President Megan Acker at email@example.com for further information.
These are some of the chalk drawings done by Active Minds at SU on Tuesday February 21st. They are meant to promote mental health awareness and acceptance.
Each of our clinicians is committed to helping students live more effective, responsible, and satisfying lives. More About Us
Making An Appointment
What to Expect
What can you expect during your initial visit? More on What to Expect.
Resources & Referrals
The Counseling Center maintains a resource library of books, handouts and pamphlets for use by students. More on Resources & Referrals
Forms & Handouts
These papers and many more (as well as brochures) are available in the Counseling Center office, Cooley Hall rooms 301-307. More of Forms & Handouts
Mental health emergencies which occur during office hours (9-5pm Mon- Fri, 9-6pm Tues and Thurs) 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). More on Emergencies
Responding to Students in Distress
When and how to refer a student to the Counseling Center More on Students in Distress
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. More on Faculty & Staff
Congratulations on being the parent of a college student! College is an exciting and challenging time for students and parents alike. More for Parents
Thank you for your interest in Shenandoah University’s Counseling Center’s Internship Program. More about Internships
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. More on Educational Outreach