Counseling Services

Counseling Services

 Griffin Hall Suite 500
Phone: 252-335-3273 

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

The mission of the Counseling and Testing Center and the Office of Disability Services is to provide high quality services to help students adjust to the demands of college life by providing individual and group counseling, testing services, and disability services. 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, testing and peer education and outreach.  Services are in keeping with 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, testing services and disability services.

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:

  • 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 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.

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 at 252-335-3273 or by walking in during our office hours, 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.