Individual Counseling

Student Counseling Services provides brief, solution-focused individual counseling services. Students are allotted 12 individual counseling sessions within an academic year. (For SCS, the academic year begins and ends in mid-May.) There is no limit for participation in group counseling or walk-ins.

If the counselor believes that a student’s needs could be served more appropriately outside SCS, the counselor will work with the student to ensure connections with referrals to treatment providers in the community.

Individual counseling is an opportunity to explore, manage, and/or resolve personal concerns regarding such topics as:

  • Self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Adjusting to college
  • Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, mental, spiritual, etc.)
  • Relationship issues
  • Family issues
  • Stress management and coping skills
  • Time management
  • Academic concerns
  • Assertiveness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating concerns and body image
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity issues
  • Substance abuse and dependence
  • Veterans’ Affairs, Military Personnel, and/or Military family issues


Any student who is registered for at least one course in a given semester is eligible for individual counseling services during that semester. Eligible students include:

  • Resident and commuter students
  • Full-time and part-time students
  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Summer students taking courses
  • Summer students living and/or working on campus

Students who cease to be registered due to withdrawal, suspension, or dismissal from the University cease to be eligible for counseling services.

Scheduling an Appointment

Students can schedule an initial appointment by completing the initial paperwork here. Students can also call us at 703-526-6861 or email us at

Walk-in Appointments

Students are welcome to request immediate assistance on a walk-in basis; however, appointments are recommended.

We offer walk-in hours Monday through Friday from 2-3 pm (for summer 2023, walk-in hours are available Monday-Thursday). These are available to students on an unscheduled, first-come/first-serve basis. Students will meet briefly (15- 20 minutes) with a counselor, who can provide immediate problem-solving assistance and discuss options for continued support and assistance.

NOTE: In general, specialized and/or long-term mental health treatment is considered a personal health-care responsibility, and is not a service provided by the University. SCS can help students in connecting with whatever support or assistance they need in the community.