The William & Mary Counseling Center (WMCC) is designed to provide short-term, time-limited counseling, in order to offer services to as many students as possible. In keeping with the mission of the Division of Student Affairs, the Counseling Center strives to provide brief treatment to facilitate adjustment, improve functioning, achieve resolution of problems, and to relieve acute symptoms as soon as possible to support academic progress.
Students whose presenting issues suggest the need for longer long-term services, could meet with the Mental Health Services Coordinator for assistance with a referral to private mental health care in the community or could a professional through our online database. Counseling Center services will not be an appropriate substitute for long-term, intensive psychological services. Some common examples that may be more suited to an outside referral include but are not limited to:
- concerns that may require weekly appointments
- issues which may require a specific type of therapy not practiced by staff
- issues that tend to worsen in short-term counseling
- history of weekly or long-term treatment prior to college or interest/preference for this type of services
If you are unsure whether or not the Counseling Center services are the best fit for your needs, our staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss your individual situation.