Make an Appointment

If you are experiencing a life-threatening mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. For all other urgent needs, please call the mental health on-call phone at (434) 808-2201.

If you are in crisis during business hours, come in to Counseling Services and you will be seen immediately.

To make an appointment with Counseling Services, please contact Adrienne Traylor in the Wellness Center at (434) 223-6411 or email She will ask you to come into the office to fill out the Intake Forms and schedule an initial appointment.

  • At the initial appointment, we will review your current situation and determine how best to meet your needs, either through short term individual and group counseling or a referral off campus.
  • If the intake counselor determines that you would benefit from longer-term counseling or counseling requiring a specific expertise not available at our center, we will work with you to find off campus counselors.

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. 

How Counseling Works

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:

  1. spend time between scheduled sessions thinking about what you and your counselor have been discussing;
  2. follow through on any actions you agree to take;
  3. take the initiative to bring up issues or topics to talk about with your counselor. 

Counseling works best when you and your counselor develop a good working relationship based on mutual trust, honesty, and respect.