Usually when you see a medical provider, he/she will take your vital signs. These
assessments are done each visit to monitor for changes since your previous visit.
If the assessment indicates a problem, then your provider will change the course of
treatment to improve your health. Likewise, the assessments used by the counselors
are a means to measure your distress level over the past 7 days. By keeping track
of these data, counselors will recognize when improvement is made and catch early
any signs of deterioration. It's like a blood pressure test for your brain! In addition,
your counselor will encourage a culture of feedback and ask about your experience
with your counselor after each session. If problems arise, your counselor will use
the feedback that you provide to help get your treatment back on track. Unlike most
medical procedures, these instruments take about 30 seconds each.
During normal office hours, if you feel that you need to talk to someone urgently
and cannot wait for your scheduled appointment time, or that you are in an emergency
situation, come by the Wellness Center and let the receptionist know your situation.
We have support available 24 hours a day while school is in session. After hours consultations
are handled by Healthlink. Psychotherapy is not offered during our brief summer sessions.
For a non-life threatening emergency, students can call Healthlink at 1-888-267-3675. If you live on campus and have an emergency, let your residence life staff know
immediately. If you are unable to contact your residence life staff, you may also
contact UNSCA Police by dialing 55 from any campus phone or 336-770-3362 if you are off campus.
Often it is helpful for students to share their worries about friends or family members,
and we encourage you to make an appointment to do this. You will be able to speak
confidentially with a counselor and receive advice about how to deal with your concerns
about this person.
If your friend or fellow student speaks to you about feelings of hopelessness or thoughts
of death or dying, take these signs seriously. He or she may require immediate assistance
and intervention. Please do not hesitate to call us or UNCSA Police if you have questions
There is no cost for counseling at UNCSA to full-time students paying the Student
Many college counseling centers across the country limit the number of sessions students
may attend during an academic year. Students at UNCSA have the benefit of 8 sessions
per semester in addition to walk-in and crisis appointment availability as needed.