Your Hampden-Sydney Counseling Center staff members stand ready to assist you in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (434) 223-6411 or

Hampden-Sydney College Counseling Service offers confidential counseling and mental health services to students of all backgrounds and orientations. We provide treatment to students who are dealing with a variety of issues and help them find an overall sense of well-being. Referrals to psychiatric services, educational groups, and substance treatment services are provided when necessary.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Make an Appointment

New Client Intake Form

Note: Submitting an intake form does not create an appointment. Please contact the Counseling Center to schedule your appointment.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm
By appointment only*
*if you are in a crisis during business hours, come in to Counseling Services Office and you will be seen immediately

Since e-mails may not be checked regularly, please do NOT use e-mail to convey emergency information.

Counseling Staff

Clarence Merckerson, PhD, LPC-S, CRC
223-6411 |

Jonathan A. Shular, MA, LPC
223-6673 |

Adrienne Traylor, B.B.A.
Care Coordinator and Title IX Prevention & Education Planner
223-6411 |


Counseling Services values the privacy of its clients and the confidentiality of the personal and health information entrusted to us. In order to protect this privacy, we have policies and procedures to limit disclosures of personal information to those minimally necessary for the medical care of the client, those for which the client has given permission, and/or those required by law or public safety.

Policies and Procedures of Confidentiality:

  1. Maintaining privacy - Counseling Services is required by law to maintain the privacy of protected counseling information and to provide and abide by this notice of its legal duties and privacy practices.
  2. Treatment - Counseling information may need to be shared with Counseling Services counselors, psychologists, and staff psychiatrists as well as physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals in the Wellness Center in order to provide effective and efficient care.
  3. Public health and safety - Personal counseling and health information may be disclosed to the proper authorities to report intent to harm self or others, deaths, certain infectious diseases, occupational injuries and diseases, child or incapacitated adult abuse/neglect, problems with medications and other products as required by law to prevent/control disease, injury or disability to the client or to others.
  4. Legal requirements - Counseling information may be disclosed as required by court or administrative order, subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful processes.
  5. Other uses - Uses and disclosures of health and personal information other than described above will be made only with the client's (your) written authorization. Such authorization when given may be revoked in writing by the client (you) at any time.

The client also has certain rights. These include:

  1. The right to inspect and obtain copies of counseling records - Any such requests must be made in writing by the client utilizing the Counseling Services authorization for release of information form or in the case of information to be released to another health care provider the form provided by that provider. Counseling Services may deny, in writing, the release or viewing of personal counseling information if the Administration of the Counseling Services department determines that the release of the information may be harmful to the client or another person. When such a request is denied, the client may request, in writing, a review of the denial.
  2. The right to request limits on the amount or types of counseling information released - Such requests must be made in writing. Counseling Services may not agree with this request when it is felt to be in the client's best interest to release the information and/or when such a release is mandated by the procedures and policies outlined above.

*f you have any questions or concerns about the information above, feel free to talk to the Wellness Center staff or refer to the ACA/APA ethical/legal guidelines.

Emergency After-Hours

If you are experiencing a life-threatening health or mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Suicide Risk

If you are having thoughts of suicide or any type of harming self or others - or if you are a witness, hear, or see anyone exhibiting suicidal warning signs -  GET HELP IMMEDIATELY.

If the risk seems imminent:

  • Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room (the closest to H-SC is Centra Southside Community Hospital).
  • Call Campus Police (434) 223-6164.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). Anyone may call this national hotline at any time regarding concerns about suicide risk for yourself or someone else.
  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline -  If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text  988 or chat

If the risk does not seem imminent:

  • During weekdays, students or concerned others may call Counseling Services to consult with a staff member at (434) 223-6411

Additional Resources

Your complete online resource to college mental health
Need help now? Text "START" to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project
An American non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
The Trevor Project 24/7 Crisis Line: 1-866-488-7386


Make an Appointment

Contact us at (434) 223-6411 |  You will need to complete the online Intake Forms before your scheduled appointment.

Counseling Appointment

Student Care Team

To express a concern about a student, please send an email to or contact a member of the Student CARE Team individually.

Student Care Team

Counseling Services

P.O. Box 656
200 College Road | Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
Phone  (434) 223-6411 | Fax  (434) 223-7256

Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Counseling Center