William and Mary

Internship Setting

About Williamsburg

The beautiful city of Williamsburg is a family oriented community significant for much more than just its' prestigious historical past. Over 4,000,000 people visit the Williamsburg area every year to experience the award-winning, authentic, interactive tours of the times and lives of our colonial ancestors, not to mention the great dining and quality shopping found throughout the Historic Triangle.

About William and Mary

At A Glance
The College of William and Mary, one of the nation's premier state-assisted liberal arts universities, believes that excellence in teaching is the key to unlocking intellectual and personal possibilities for students. Dedicated to this philosophy and committed to limited enrollment, the College provides high-quality undergraduate, graduate and professional education that prepares students to make significant contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. In recognition, the media have included William and Mary among the nation's prestigious "Public Ivys," and ranked it first among state institutions in terms of commitment to teaching.

Chartered on February 8, 1693, by King William III and Queen Mary II as the second college in the American colonies. Severed formal ties with Britain in 1776. Became state-supported in 1906 and coeducational in 1918. Achieved modern university status in 1967. Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's premier academic honor society, and the honor code system of conduct were founded at William and Mary.

Located in historic Williamsburg, Va., approximately 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., midway between Richmond and Norfolk, Va.

Approximately 1,200 acres including picturesque Lake Matoaka and the College Woods. Adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg, the Ancient Campus section is restored to 18th-century appearance.

7,650 of whom approximately 5,700 are undergraduates.

Student-Faculty Ratio
Approximately 12 to 1.

Student Statistics
Students from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Guam as well as 43 foreign countries; nearly 80 percent of current freshmen graduated in top tenth of their class with the middle 50 percent having total SAT scores ranging from 1280-1430; 28 percent of all students received need-based financial aid totaling $14 million in 2002-2003.

Student Activities
Over 250 student-interest groups plus 16 national social fraternities and 12 sororities; William and Mary Theatre, Concert and Sunday Series; Choir; Band; Speakers Forum; live entertainment in 11,300-seat W&M Hall. There are a total of 23 men's and women's intercollegiate athletic teams.

The Earl Gregg Swem Library contains more than one million volumes and computer access to many standard computerized data bases. Special Collections include documents from many historical figures, including the lifetime papers of U.S. Chief Justice Warren Burger.

The Muscarelle Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 3,700 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. The collection includes a survey of Western art on paper by such artists as Durer, Golzius, Hogarth, and Kollwitz. The painting collection highlights American art with works by Jasper Cropsey, Rembrandt Peale, Isabel Bishop, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, and Hans Hofmann.

Chancellor: Sandra Day O'Connor
(The former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is the 23rd Chancellor of the College)
President: Taylor Reveley (27th President of the College)
Provost: Michael R. Halleran
Vice President for Student Affairs: Ginger Ambler

The Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers a range of psychological and counseling services for William and Mary students. For example, we provide professional help in the following areas:

Psychological issues: depression, anxiety, suicidality, eating disorders, substance misuse/abuse

Personal concerns: identity issues, sexuality, self-esteem, assertion, family problems, stress management

Interpersonal issues: communication skills, dating relationship issues, conflict management

Crisis intervention services: acute stress, sexual assault, death of a family member or friend

In general, we are available to discuss any important personal concern a student may be facing and work with that student to develop new ways of resolving the problem or managing the concern.

Students are initially seen by an individual counselor. Continuing services, if needed, may be offered in the form of individual, couples, family, or group meetings, depending on staff availability and what best matches the student's need. These services are free of charge to enrolled students.


The Counseling Center staff consists of both male and female psychologists, counselors, social workers, and administrative/support staff as well as a part time psychiatrist. All professional staff are trained and experienced in dealing with issues facing university students. Pre-Doctoral interns and advanced practicum students in clinical psychology, working under close supervision, also provide counseling services. A sport psychologist is available for students interested in learning cognitive strategies to enhance their athletic performance. Psychiatric consultation can be arranged when needed.


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 10-3, 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. 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.


In the event of an emergency during the academic year, a student can be seen almost immediately. During regular working hours, a student can come directly to the Counseling Center at 240 Blow Memorial Hall, or call the office at 221-3620. Emergency services are also available after hours and on weekends by calling the Campus Police at 221-4596 or a Residence Hall Area Director, who will immediately contact the Counseling Center staff member "on call" for that day. During summer and college vacations, after-hours emergency services are available from Sentara Communtiy Hospital at 259-6005.

Outreach and Consultation Services

Depending upon available resources, Counseling Center staff are available to design and/or implement outreach programs on a wide variety of psycho-educational topics. Consultation services are offered to college administrative units, organizations, and academic departments to aid in effective organizational functioning.


The College of William and Mary Counseling Center Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association through 2017. Also, the Counseling Center is a member of APPIC and is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.

For further information, contact the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation:

phone: 202.336.5979 or 202.336.6123 TDD
web site:
USPS: 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242


The Counseling Center Staff

Staff Directory