Appointments may be made by calling the Counseling Center at 221-3620, or by coming to the office in person.
We generally have appointments for initial assessments throughout the week from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., except during lunch. These times are based on feedback we have received from students. If a student calls for an appointment and we can’t schedule them the same day, we will schedule them one day in advance. If the matter is urgent or their schedule does not fit our intake schedule, a counselor will contact them to assess their situation and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If it is an emergency, please let the front desk know as soon as possible and arrangements will be made accordingly.
After an initial evaluation, a student continuing in counseling may be assigned to a staff member for individual counseling or group therapy based on availability and presenting concerns. Please note that there is a greater availability of appointment times at the beginning of the term than at the middle or end of the term. If appropriate, a student may be referred to other sources of help after an initial evaluation.
Due to the high demand for services offered by the Counseling Center, missed appointments result in lost opportunities for our staff to work with other students who might need help. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call to cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
Counseling is confidential. Because therapy is most effective when a student can be direct and honest with a counselor without fear that personal information will be divulged, the Counseling Center does not release information about a student without that student's written permission, except in the case of imminent danger to self or others, child/dependent abuse, court order, or where otherwise required by law. Notations of counseling are not part of a student's College record.
Our services are free to enrolled William & Mary students as part of their tuition and student fees.
The Counseling Center is the primary mental health service for the campus, and our staff are on call 24 hours a day during the academic year to respond to psychological emergencies. We work in close collaboration with the Student Health Center, the Campus Police, and other offices in emergency situations.
Examples of emergencies include:
- suicide threats or attempts;
- rape, sexual assault, or other trauma;
- severely disorganized, psychotic, or out of control behavior.
In general, if a student's immediate safety is at risk, this is an emergency. If you have doubts as to whether a situation truly is an emergency, please call and discuss it with us. We might decide if it is serious enough to warrant immediate intervention or we might set up a short-term follow-up plan for other urgent problems.
In the event of an emergency during the academic year, a student can often be seen immediately. During regular working hours (8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.), a student can come directly to the Counseling Center at 240 Blow Memorial Hall or call the office at 221-3620.
Emergency service is also available outside of business hours, at night, and on weekends by calling the Campus Police at 221-4596. They will contact the counselor on call. If the counselor determines that the student should be evaluated immediately, we will make arrangements to see the student at the Student Health Center.
During the summer and college vacations, after-hours emergency services are available from Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, 757-984-9647.
Related pages on our website include:
Other campus resources include:
- 221-4386 Student Health Center
- 221-2510 Dean of Students Office
Other off-campus resources include:
- 258-5051 24 Hour Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Helpline
- 220-3200 Colonial Mental Health Center