Counseling and Consultation Services

The UNC Charlotte Center for Counseling and Psychological Services provides individual, couples, and group counseling services, consultation, outreach, and psychiatric services to support UNC Charlotte students. Detailed information can be found throughout this website.

The Scope of Our Services

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The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services invites all students to make an initial appointment to meet with one of our counselors and discuss their concerns. During this initial meeting, the counselor, in collaboration with the student, will recommend services within the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services or the community and assist students in obtaining the appropriate services to meet their needs.

When appropriate, students may be referred to services offered within the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. In order to use its resources most effectively, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services utilizes a short-term model of therapy to assist students in addressing issues common in a college setting.  While we need to limit the number of individual sessions a student may have per year, the number of group sessions is unlimited, as appropriate.

Some of the issues that are commonly addressed in short-term counseling at the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services are:

  • Personal concerns: Stress and anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, guilt, low self-esteem, grief

  • Relationship concerns: Romantic relationship difficulties, sexual concerns, roommate problems, family issues.

  • Developmental concerns: Identity development, adjustment to college, life transitions

  • Academic concerns: Performance anxiety, perfectionism, underachievement, low motivation

  • Other concerns: Effects of trauma, sexual assault, abuse, concerns from childhood or adolescence, spiritual concerns, body image, food preoccupation, healthy lifestyle choices

Students whose needs cannot be accommodated within short-term counseling are referred to community resources.  Similarly, students whose needs require a particular type of expertise that is not found in the Center are also referred into the community. The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services provides referral services either after the initial session or as these factors become more apparent during the course of services. The Center's Case Manager can provide referral options that we believe will best meet a student’s needs. The Case Manager will also follow-up with the student to be sure the referral was facilitated and offer additional assistance in finding resources as necessary.

Some of the issues that are commonly addressed through referral to services outside of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services include:

  • A desire to be seen more than once a week or for long-term therapy, or a need for such as indicated by:

  • History of multiple hospitalizations

  • Chronic suicidality and/or self-injury behaviors; history of repeated suicide attempts

  • Indication that short-term therapy may be detrimental or non-beneficial

  • Evidence or risk of progressive deterioration in mental or emotional functioning, requiring intensive intervention

  • Manifestations of psychotic symptoms without willingness to remain on medication for stabilization of symptoms

  • Inability or unwillingness to provide the necessary information to thoroughly assess symptoms

  • Students who need specialized services not available through the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services as indicated by:

    • Presence of significant drug and/or alcohol problems such substance dependence, primary substance abuse, and/or past failed treatments

    • Presence of significant or long-standing eating disorder with no period of remission, no previous treatment, or that may pose a medical danger

    • Request for psychological evaluation for the purpose employment clearance or other nonacademic purpose

    • Services to fulfill students' court-mandated assessment or treatment requirement

    • Request for advocacy in sexual assault (Title IX) or other student conduct or legal proceeding