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Counseling

Counseling services are available to all enrolled Davidson College students free of charge, and all counselors go to great lengths to ensure confidentiality. The center offers time-limited individual counseling that includes a session-limit of 10 sessions per semester and a total of 20 sessions per year.

During the initial meeting/assessment, counselors will work with students to develop a treatment plan that best meets each individual's needs within the available resources here at the Student Counseling Center (SCC). We find that most students who work with us can effectively address their concerns in six or fewer sessions. If a student is looking for something more intensive or more consistent, we have an extensive list of licensed professionals in the community who are qualified and experienced at working with college students.

The counseling center is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Student Health Center building, at the corner of Glasgow and Main Streets. Counseling patients and health services patients wait in the same waiting room in the center—another way the center maintains confidentiality. The counseling center staff includes four licensed professionals who see students at the Student Health Center by appointment. While each counselor is qualified to address a variety of concerns, each also has a specific area of interest and expertise.

To make an appointment during regular office hours, call 704-894-2451. A counselor also remains on-call after hours and on weekends.

Counseling Services

Individual Counseling

Your first contact with the center will typically be a screening interview (assessment) in which you and the counselor make decisions about the type of help that would best meet your needs.  Most often, you will be encouraged to pursue short-term individual counseling with the counselor you are meeting with.  Individual counseling helps you to clarify your concerns, gain insight into yourself and others, and learn ways to most effectively cope and/or resolve problems.  Below are some of the common issues that a college student may address in individual counseling:

  • Academic concerns
  • Adjusting to college
  • Alcohol / drug abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Communication
  • Culture shock
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief
  • Roommate/ peer relationship problems
  • Stress management

Group Counseling/Support Groups

At times, there are special opportunities for Davidson students to participate in group counseling.  This could be in lieu of or in support of individual counseling. Groups generally include 5-8 students who meet for weekly discussions, led and facilitated by a Student Counseling Center staff member. Groups are formed based on both the expertise of staff members and the current needs of students. Groups that have been offered in the past, have addressed the following issues:

  • Body image issues
  • Stress management
  • Grief
  • Interpersonal issues
  • Freshman adjustment
  • Perfectionism
  • Equine-facilitated psychotherapy

Confidentiality

You may speak with a counselor about anything, and with very few exceptions, the information you share with your counselor cannot be shared with anyone without your written permission. All of the college counselors subscribe to the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association and/or the American Psychological Association, which means the information you share will be held in the strictest confidence. The only exceptions include:

  • Situations that present a threat to your individual physical safety
  • Situations that present a threat to the physical safety of others
  • Situations involving elderly person or child abuse

Psychiatric Services

While there is no psychiatrist on staff, the school partners with a local private psychiatrist and will refer students who need or request psychiatric service. Counselors on staff also can provide a list of other nearby psychiatrists and help in setting up an appointment. Students are responsible for costs associated with psychiatric services.