Scope of Clinical Practice

  • 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 does not provide teletherapy (therapy over the phone or internet). For international students, we may provide limited (maximum 2 sessions) case management services.
  • Counseling Services does not provide mandatory counseling or court-ordered evaluations. We can provide brief assessments to determine recommendations for clinical needs.