Counseling Services provides individual, group, and couples counseling; case management; and outreach programming to students. Counseling Services is a short-term therapy center rather than an emergency clinic, though we have a counselor available for those who are experiencing an urgent or life-threatening mental health crisis.
Individual and group counseling is provided to address issues that interfere with academic effectiveness such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, family/relationship issues, career issues, assertiveness, and communication.
Case management services may include such things as help with campus or community referrals and connecting to psychiatry at the Health & Counseling Center. Case management is not therapy. Case management appointments are generally 15-20 minutes.
Students who meet criteria for ongoing services at UNC Asheville Counseling Services and are enrolled in six or more credit hours in a semester are eligible for 12 sessions per academic year. Students who are enrolled in less than six hours are allowed up to 6 counseling visits per academic year. The counselor, in conjunction with the student will determine the appropriate number of visits needed to address the student’s needs. No-shows will count toward the allotted number of sessions. Psychiatric appointments, case management appointments and group sessions do not count toward the allotted number of sessions.
Students recommended to give 24 hours notice for any appointment not able to be kept. After the first missed appointment fee, a student may be required to pay a $15 fee before scheduling further appointments. Students who no-show for any psychiatric appointments will be charged $30. This no-show fee policy is designed to ensure that our campus resources are used most effectively.
To access psychiatric services for evaluation or medication management, students must first meet with a Health & Counseling Center staff member for a referral.
Counseling Services does not provide documentation to support withdrawal from courses unless we have an ongoing relationship with you.
To ensure that the needs of all UNC Asheville students are addressed in a timely manner, Counseling Services provides time-limited (maximum 12 sessions), solution-focused therapy. Because of this, some student issues may be beyond the scope of what the Counseling Center can offer in terms of therapy. The following client situations may require a referral to an off-site counselor:
Presenting issue suggests that client will likely require weekly or long-term therapy (e.g., severe, chronic depression).
*Client is likely to require extensive emergency intervention, crisis services, or extensive case management (e.g., history of chronic, self-destructive behaviors that are life-threatening; alcohol or drug addiction that requires intensive treatment; psychosis).
Client requires expertise/resources unavailable in the Center (e.g., alcohol/drug treatment; eating disorder treatment).
Client does not appear to benefit from therapy received at Center.
Counseling Services may utilize Telehealth services in order to protect the health and safety to UNCA students, faculty, and staff.
Counseling Services does not provide mandatory counseling or court-ordered evaluations. We can provide brief assessments to determine recommendations for clinical needs.
Counseling Services DOES NOT provide documentation for emotional support animals.