Counseling Services
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WELCOME TO STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES!


Mission

Our mission is to provide a range of professional counseling, preventive and psycho-educational services to enrolled students adjusting to the demands of college life. The center encourages student success and retention by promoting culturally sensitive services that directly and indirectly address the psychological, developmental and academic needs of students through counseling, faculty, staff, student and family consultation, and peer education and outreach programming.  Services are in guidelines of professional, legal, and ethical standards that are captured by state and federal statues and by organizations that represent professions within college and university counseling services.

Hours of Operation:

We are open 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.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 if the visit is not an emergency.

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 one-two sessions after withdrawal for the purpose of continuity of care during the termination and community referral process.

Students may be denied services if they are:

  • Physically or verbally abusive toward staff, student workers or others within the counseling center.
  • experiencing a problem/issue that is beyond the scope of the services offered at the Student Counseling (Referrals will be given to the student)
  • Intoxicated and/or under the influence of any form of substances and unable to respond to the counselor.

Confidentiality

Counseling services and records are confidential.  We do not confirm or deny your attendance to counseling.  All records are now electronic but are protected by FERPA and HIPPA compliant software.  Disclosures to third parties, including parents, legal guardians, and others (e.g. lawyers, doctors, etc.) are made only with the student’s signed consent. 

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.