Counseling Services' staff members are available for consultation with students, staff and faculty. These meetings often focus on working with individual students, organizational problems, ways of improving student environments, or other issues that may have important psychological dimensions.
The Old Dominion University Office of Counseling Services wants to help you but, remember, on-line information cannot substitute for an in-person appointment with a professional counselor. Also, if you are not sure about where to turn for assistance with mental health concerns, please call the Office of Counseling Services at (757) 683-4401.
The Initial Session
The initial session is a 50-minute interview designed to clarify your concerns. You and the Counselor will discuss what type of service will best help you resolve your concerns. Some students need only one session to help them feel "back on track" and other students may want to continue to explore issues through individual or group counseling. Please note that the Counselor you meet with for your initial session may not be the Counselor with whom you will work if further services are recommended.
If it is decided that Counseling Services may be of assistance to you, the initial counseling session will introduce you to our services and inform you of what to expect from them. Counseling Services provides time-limited (10 sessions or less) individual counseling and group counseling for a variety of concerns, as well as psychiatric evaluation, medication review, and consultation. If local community resources or other Old Dominion departments are determined to be a more appropriate alternative, you will be provided with referral resources that we have found to be effective.
At times during the academic year, there are many students who seek our services and it may be necessary for you to wait a brief period of time before the scheduling of your first counseling session. If you come to Counseling Services and are experiencing considerable distress, please make this known immediately. Every effort will be made to assign you to a counselor as soon as possible.
Our office provides training for graduate-level interns in mental health professions. As part of this training process, counseling sessions may be audio/video taped and discussed in a confidential setting with clinical supervisors. This is done so that your Counselor can gain the best possible understanding of the nature of your concern.
After you complete your initial interview, call Counseling Services at (757) 683-4401 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of the week of your interview to confirm your next appointment day and time. If you do not confirm your appointment, your counseling hour will not be held open. A new appointment may not be available for you for another week or longer. Once your counseling sessions begin, continuing appointments will be scheduled with the Support Staff at the front desk. If you are not able to keep a scheduled appointment, you must call Counseling Services at least 24 hours in advance to cancel the appointment; otherwise, one counseling session will be deducted for each missed session. In case of illness on the day of the appointment, please call by 9:00 a.m. If you do not notify us, that session will be deducted from the ten sessions available. Appointments are not automatically rescheduled for clients who do not contact us.
Counseling Services provides one session referral interview to eligibal individuals if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled non-degree seeking students taking less than six (6) credit hours.
- Prospective students at the University.
- Doctoral students in the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.
- Alumni of the University within three (3) months of their graduation date.
- Eligible individuals who have already received ten (10) individual sessions within their treatment year.