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Services Provided

Student Life


  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Outreach Programs
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Consultation
  • Various Workshops & Presentations Available Upon Request


The Commonwealth of Virginia established safeguards to maintain confidentiality of information, and serves as a protection for those seeking counseling services.

The Office of Counseling Services believes that the interests of the client are paramount and that s/he will be best served through careful protection of confidence and privacy. It is further understood that counseling is based on trust. Careful communication regarding the nature of confidence and privacy can only enhance the trusting relationship.

Basic Policy:

No information, including the facts of attendance, is routinely given to anyone (e.g., family members, University officials, physicians, or friends of the client). Certain limited pertinent information may be given to those with a legitimate interest, provided the free and informed consent of the client is first obtained. In some cases, even when valid consent or authorization is given, we may find that it is in the client's best interest to withhold certain information, to refuse disclosure, or to limit the disclosure of such information. In these cases, complete confidentiality will be maintained. We will notify the requester in writing of the refusal or limitation, and the reasons thereof. In addition, certain psychological testing information, particularly test scores and raw data, will be released only to qualified mental health practitioners.

The only exceptions to this policy are those deemed necessary in emergency situations or disclosures required legally (e.g. child abuse reporting, court order). While parents and legal guardians have rights to information regarding their dependent child (under 18 years old), the nature of the counseling relationship requires that we follow the informed consent procedures outlined below unless it clearly in the best interest of the client not to do so.

Counseling is a process of learning from the very experiences which are troubling for people. No problem is too big or too insignificant for discussing with a counselor. Keep in mind that numerous students use counseling services for a wide variety of reasons. At Old Dominion, counseling is considered a healthy choice.

Our services are offered in an atmosphere that is welcoming and respectful of all students regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or physical status.

Our staff is committed to your success and we are devoted to partnering with you to make your college years a satisfying experience.

If you decide that you would benefit from our services, please stop by 1526 Webb Center or call 757-683-4401 to schedule an appointment. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00AM to 7:00PM, Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

Guidelines For Helping Troubled Students

  • Talk to the student in private.

  • Listen carefully.

  • Show concern and interest.

  • Avoid criticizing or sounding judgmental.

  • Repeat back the essence of what the student has told you.

  • Use Counseling Services as a resource and discuss how a Counselor can be helpful to the student.
  • If the student resists help and you are concerned, contact Counseling Services to talk about your concerns.
  • Involve yourself only as much as you feel comfortable. Extending oneself can be a gratifying experience when kept within realistic limits.

Student Issues

Students pursue the help of a counselor for a variety of reasons. Usually they seek counseling to relieve the pressure of specific issues or symptoms, such as:

  • dissatisfying socail relationships
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • difficulty setting goals
  • problems related to stress
  • low self-confidence
  • disappointing academic performance
  • questions about sexuality
  • mood swings
  • family issues
  • suicidal thoughts
  • alcohol or drug issues
  • decisions about a major or career
  • homesickness
  • sleep problems
  • eating problems
  • sexual assault or abuse
  • mixed emotions
  • pregnancy decisions
  • loneliness
  • shyness
  • grief