The mission of West Virginia College Counseling Services is to provide a professional and confidential setting of non-judgement for the psychological, emotional, and developmental support of students as they pursue academic goals and explore personal growth. It is our goal to act as a resource for faculty and staff to assist in their interactions with students.
Our four key objectives are to treat symptoms, enhance knowledge, foster self-care, and support responsible behavior change.
We provide time limited/short-term individual consultation or referral for dealing with a crisis, anxiety, depression, homesickness, loneliness, identity concerns, couples concerns, family stress, grief/loss, alcohol/drug problems, adjustment, relapse prevention, sexual orientation issues, and trouble coping.
We can help you improve your academic success by reducing stress and anxiety, as well as, learning time management skills.
We support survivors of sexual and domestic violence, stalking and harassment.
Information you share in counseling is confidential. Your counselor cannot share your information with anyone except to consult with other educated counselors. You must sign a consent form in order for a counselor to release your information to any other individuals, including your parents.
Please note: The counselor is required by law and professional ethics to disregard confidentiality if:
- A student discloses their life or others’ lives are in danger
- A student communicates a child or vulnerable adult abuse is taking place
- A court requests counseling records related to a crime
Counseling Center Policies and Procedures
Eligibility and Cost
Currently enrolled WVWC undergraduate students and students enrolled in the Graduate Programs at WVWC are eligible to receive services at Counseling Services.
Counseling from the Center is free. However, if a student is in need of a higher level of care or the Center cannot accommodate a student’s needs, counselors will assist in locating third-party care. The student will then be responsible for covering these third-party costs. There are scholarships to assist students in need. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Care of West Virginia
United Summit Center
Appalachian Community Health Center
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Text Line
Offers a 24/7 call, chat, and text line that provides immediate help for any
West Virginian struggling with an addiction or mental health issue.
In case of an emergency when the Counseling Center is closed, contact Campus Security at 304-473-8011 for immediate assistance. Security has the ability to reach all other on-call personnel.
Residence Life staff are on duty in each building with professional staff on call 24/7. Security or the on-duty staff person will contact a counselor, 911, or other resources as needed depending on the situation.
For crisis intervention you can also call Appalachian Health Center’s 24 hour hotline at 304-472-2022, Women’s Aid in Crisis at 304-473-0106, or St. Joseph’s Hospital at 304-473-2000.
Students experiencing a life-threatening emergency should always call 911.
What constitutes a mental health emergency?
- If you are concerned about your personal safety or the safety of others.
- If you are concerned about harming yourself or someone else.
- If you believe that you are losing touch with reality.
Resources available for mental health emergencies:
- Call 911
- Go to the Emergency Room – 1 Amalia Drive, Buckhannon, WV 26201
- Call the Buckhannon Police Department – 304-472-5723
- Call 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Services
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- Military Veterans Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273 TALK (Press 1)
- Trevor Project Hotline (LGBTQ): 1-866-4UTREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
- Text free 24/7 Crisis Hotline
- Text HOME to 741741