If you are in crisis, come in to Counseling Services and you will be seen immediately during normal business hours. If you are in crisis after normal business hours, please call Campus Police at 434-223-6164 or go to the nearest emergency room.
To make an appointment with Counseling Services, please contact Adrienne Traylor in the Wellness Center at (434) 223-6411 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She will ask you to come into the office to fill out the Intake Forms and schedule an initial appointment.
Individual Counseling is available to currently enrolled Hampden-Sydney students who meet certain criteria, such as urgent and/or serious mental health concerns or brief psychotherapy. Note that students who do not meet these criteria will be provided with a referral to off-campus providers.
Group Counseling consists of meetings of small groups of currently enrolled students who share a similar concern. A variety of groups are commonly offered each semester, focusing on specific topic areas such as friendship and relationship issues, stress and anxiety management, substance use, grief, etc.
Counseling is a mutual, collaborative process. You and your counselor will work together to develop goals on which you want to work. Your counselor cannot change you, but acts as a facilitator. Only you can change yourself. You are responsible for making the effort to work on the problems or issues that concern you. Your counselor is committed to help you in the process.
When you are working with a counselor, it is important to honor the commitment you have made to meet with your counselor and to take an active role. For example, it is helpful if you:
Counseling works best when you and your counselor develop a good working relationship based on mutual trust, honesty, and respect.