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Counseling Services

Counseling & Testing

What is the mission of the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC)?

The primary mission of the Counseling and Testing Center is to aid students in their adjustment to the demands of college life by providing individual and group counseling services to students.  Counselors provide personal, social, career and spiritual counseling with a series of self-development workshops offered on campus and in the residence halls during the academic year.  We strive to help students set and achieve goals and work towards maintaining a positive and healthy outlook for personal growth and development

What are your hours?

We are open 8:00A.M. - 5:00P.M., Monday through Friday; If an individual requests services at 4:45P.M., it may be necessary for the counselor to schedule an appointment with the individual for the next day or for the next available appointment.

Am I eligible for services?

All students enrolled at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) are eligible for services. Students who withdraw from the University and who were receiving ongoing services at the time of withdrawal may be seen for two sessions after withdrawal for the purpose of continuity of care during the termination and referral process.

Students may be denied services if they are

  1. physically or verbally abusive toward staff, student workers or others within the counseling center.
  2. experiencing a problem/issue that is beyond the scope of the services offered at the CTC (Referrals will be given to the student)

If I am a minor, can I receive services?

Students who are under the age of 18 must have a notarized document with their parent's or legal guardian's signature in order to receive services.

Students who are in acute distress (homicidal, suicidal, sexually assaulted, etc.) will not be denied services; however their parent(s)/legal guardians will be notified immediately via the Office of Student Affairs.

What is informed consent?

Students seeking counseling services at the CTC will be informed of the policies and procedures (i.e., fees, session limits, cancellation and missed appointment policy, etc.) prior to engaging in treatment. Additionally, students will be informed of the types of clinical professionals who work in the CTC. Students also will be availed of their rights and their responsibilities as recipients of our services (Appendix A, Informed Consent and Confidentiality)

Are there session limits?

There are no session limits for individual and group counseling; however, session limits (i.e., number of contacts during a week) may be placed upon a student if it is therapeutically warranted.

What topics are discussed in individual or group counseling?

Some examples of topics discussed in a counseling session or group session are as follows:

  • Academic concerns
  • Adjustment to college
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered concerns
  • Learning disabilities
  • Stress
  • Homesickness
  • Sexual assault
  • Substance use/abuse

Am I crazy for wanting to go to counseling?

No, you are not "crazy". We all need a safe and confidential place where we can discuss matters of concern or to get things off our chest. The counseling center is the place to do that because services are confidential.

Under what circumstances are services not confidential?

By law, if someone is homicidal or suicidal we will do what we can to ensure the person's safety and to ensure the safety of others. This means notifying the appropriate authorities and getting you to the hospital. Additionally, if we find that a child, an elderly person or someone who is developmentally delayed is being abused in anyway; we would have to break confidentiality. Please discuss the limits of confidentiality when you come to the counseling center.

How do I obtain services?

You may begin services by calling the counseling center to arrange an appointment or by walking in during our office hours, 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.