Counseling Services for Fall 2021
The health and safety of the Davidson community continues to be our top priority. Therefore, counseling services has shifted to a hybrid model considering the needs and health of both students and staff members. Currently, in-person and virtual services are available. However, this will be up to the discretion of individual staff members and preferences stated by individual student clients. Please be aware that requests for in-person services may cause additional wait times for an appointment. As is the case across campus, these plans may change as we learn more information and campus-wide guidelines shift.
Davidson continues its relationship with Caravan Wellness, a comprehensive wellness app curated to help Davidson College students with their physical and mental health, reducing day-to-day stress, and improving academic focus and productivity. With a mix of meditation, yoga, fitness and stretching, this program offers hundreds of online classes/videos that addresses the many elements of overall well-being.
Counseling services are available to all enrolled Davidson College students free of charge, and all counselors go to great lengths to ensure confidentiality.
During the initial meeting/assessment, counselors will work with students to develop a treatment plan that best meets each individual's needs within the available resources. We find that most students who work with us can effectively address their concerns within a short-term counseling model. However, the center also offers longer term therapy, determined on a case-by-case basis, with the students' best interest determining whether the center offers the most appropriate counseling option.
Counseling services are available 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Center for Student Health and Well-Being building, at the corner of Glasgow and Main Streets. Patients seeking counseling services share a waiting room with those seeking health services, and wait in the same waiting room for an added layer of privacy.
To make an appointment during regular office hours, call 704-894-2300 or email email@example.com and include a Weekly Availability Sheet (PDF). Staff members are also available for emergency services after hours and on weekends.
Make an Appointment
Follow-up appointments are usually scheduled directly with a student's assigned counselor but can also be made by phone (704-894-2300) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The center offers daily emergency hours Monday through Friday from 3–5 p.m. Students who are in crisis or have an urgent need to see a counselor that same day can schedule one of these emergency appointments by calling 704-894-2300. To reduce the density of individuals in our building, we ask that students call ahead to schedule an emergency appointment rather than walking in.
Beyond these scheduled emergency hours, students in crisis/emergency are still encouraged to contact us between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and they will be seen as soon as possible by the next available counselor.
Although counselors are not available for counseling after-hours and on weekends, an on-call counselor is available for students in crisis or emergency. To reach the on-call counselor, please call 704-894-2300.
Other 24/7 emergency options include calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, texting the Text Crisis Line (text HOME to 741741), or calling the Mecklenburg County Crisis (CriSyS) Hotline at 704-566-340 (select option 1). For students studying abroad/internationally, they can find relevant emergency numbers at Suicide Stop International Help Center.
Your first contact with a counselor at the center will typically be a screening interview (assessment) in which you and the counselor make decisions about the type of help that would best meet your needs. Most often, you will be encouraged to pursue short-term individual counseling with the counselor you are meeting with. Individual counseling helps you to clarify your concerns, gain insight into yourself and others, and learn ways to most effectively cope and/or resolve problems. Below are some of the common issues that a college student may address in individual counseling:
- Academic concerns
- Adjusting to college
- Alcohol / drug abuse
- Culture shock
- Eating disorders
- Roommate/ peer relationship problems
- Stress management
Group Counseling/Support Groups
At times, there are special opportunities for Davidson students to participate in group counseling. This could be in lieu of or in support of individual counseling. Groups generally include 5-8 students who meet for weekly discussions, led and facilitated by a counselor from the Center for Student Health and Well-being. Groups are formed based on both the expertise of staff members and the current needs of students. Groups that have been offered in the past, have addressed the following issues:
- Body image issues
- Stress management
- Interpersonal issues
- Freshman adjustment
- Equine-facilitated psychotherapy
While there is no psychiatrist on staff, the school partners with a local private psychiatrist and will refer students who need or request psychiatric service. Counselors on staff also can provide a list of other nearby psychiatrists and help in setting up an appointment. Students are responsible for costs associated with psychiatric services.
You may speak with a counselor about anything, and with very few exceptions, the information you share with your counselor cannot be shared with anyone without your written permission. All of the college counselors subscribe to the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association and/or the American Psychological Association, which means the information you share will be held in the strictest confidence. The only exceptions include:
- Situations that present a threat to your individual physical safety
- Situations that present a threat to the physical safety of others
- Situations involving elderly person or child abuse
Center Statement on Racial Justice
The staff at the Center for Student Health & Well-Being (CSHWB) mourn the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and countless others who have lost their lives to systemic racism that results in violence towards Black individuals and communities. We strongly condemn all forms of racism, discrimination, intolerance, and oppression. We stand in solidarity with our Black students and colleagues; we see your pain, and we believe the countless ways in which you have been hurt by systemic racism.
We acknowledge and understand the negative impact that systemic racism has on mental well-being. While there is no response that can remedy the immeasurable losses that the Black community has endured through centuries of violence, we want you to know that we are here for you. The fear, anger, grief, and various other emotions that you may be feeling are real and valid. As counselors we can join you in processing how these traumatic events have impacted you, and we can also help you connect to resources that feel safe and that resonate with you.
As counselors and healers, our commitment to dismantling systemic oppression of all forms is clearly stated in our code of ethics. We stand for giving voice to the under-represented and underserved, promoting social justice, and providing support in times of crisis. We also understand that actions speak louder than words, and acknowledge that we have a long way to go in terms of growth and self-reflection. We are spending this summer devoting our time and ourselves to listening, learning, reflecting, and planning. As a staff we are reading and discussing books on anti-racism and attending various professional development trainings. The next step will be translating what we learn to what we do. For us, this will mean developing new programming for the fall. These programs will include support groups for students struggling with the impact of systemic racism, as well as outreach events to increase awareness of these issues and visibility of the services that are available.
We recognize that what we have outlined thus far is just a start, and that advocacy for racial justice and becoming anti-racist are lifelong pursuits. We therefore welcome additional ideas from you, the Davidson community, on how we can best support you. Your voice is important, so please send any suggestions, comments, or concerns to email@example.com.
Racial Justice/Racial Trauma Resources
- Young, Gifted, @ Risk and Resilient: A Video Toolkit to Support the Well-Being of Students of Color
- Emotionally Restorative Self Care for People of Color
- Filling our Cups: 4 Ways People of Color can Foster Mental Health and Practice Restorative Healing
- Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man: A conversation with former NFL player Emmanuel Acho about race that many white people have never been able to have
- Brene Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist (Podcast)
- Stepping Out of Privilege with Layla Saad, Author of Me and White Supremacy (The goop Podcast)