Counseling Center

We are all devastated in light of continued news of oppression and violence in our world. The William & Mary Counseling Center would like to reaffirm our role as a supportive resource to the William & Mary community. We are committed to social justice, supporting healthy dialogue within a community of people of diverse backgrounds, and we advocate for the respect and dignity of all people. Some would have us believe that there is right and wrong in violence. No one wins when we destroy one another in thought, word or deed. We all have the human capacity to love limitlessly. Likewise, the pain we feel for one victim of violence does not disallow the pain we feel for the countless others who have been hurt or killed tragically. 

“We must learn to live together as brother or perish together as fools”

                             Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You do not need to identify with the victims, be a survivor of violence, or even know a victim of violence to experience the emotional and physical effects of violent action occurring in our world. The impact of violence and oppression can be immediate for some, and for others can not appear until some time has passed. For some, talking about the event with friends and allies, acknowledging the resulting feelings, and focusing on helping others can assist with reducing the negative emotional impact of violence. Know your limits, particularly as it relates to social media and news coverage. Give yourself permission to set boundaries around any activity or conversation that will compromise your ability to heal. Talking with a mental health professional can also be a useful step in moving through the pain. Our services are available for all members of the community, and we affirm our commitment to providing nonjudgmental support and care.

If you need to talk, we are here. Suite 240 Blow Hall Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00.

(757) 221-3620

Race Based Trauma and Self Care

Coping with Mass Shootings

The Counseling Center offers a range of mental health services to students wanting help with personal concerns. Our staff specializes in the developmental issues and clinical concerns common to college students such as relationship and family issues, academic and personal stress, identity development and personal growth. Our services include outreach and presentation activities; individual, couples, and group therapy; as well as consultation to friends, faculty, and parents/guardians concerned about a student in distress. We respond to crisis situations by providing immediate intervention, stabilization and support. Students wishing to use our services can do so at no charge by calling for an initial assessment appointment. The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. and costs are covered by student fees.

Mission Statement

The William & Mary Counseling Center enriches the campus community by promoting the interpersonal and psychological well-being of students. The Counseling Center actively demonstrates commitment to diversity in its broadest form and serves as an advocate for social justice in the college community and beyond. Through our multi-level training program, we dedicate ourselves to instilling these practices and values in future professionals. Our role in facilitating the lifelong development of students is congruent with the mission of the College and the Division of Student Affairs.


(757) 221-3620


(757) 221-3615

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
[Note: The Counseling Center is closed for lunch between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.]