Need support? We’ve got your back. And your mind, body and spirit.
Wingate University’s Office of Counseling Services provides confidential, free, short-term mental health treatment to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. We recognize that college and graduate school can be challenging, and sometimes students face obstacles that are difficult to overcome without assistance. Our counselors seek to promote student health and well-being by working with students to identify the challenges they face and help them learn to respond in an effective manner.
We follow a goal-oriented model to help students with their immediate challenges and goals. Our counselors are licensed mental health professionals and supervised graduate student interns. In general, counselors do not give advice, but seek to help clients understand themselves and their situation more fully in order to more clearly see their options. Our counselors cannot guarantee specific results, however, counseling does benefit many people.
How We Can Help
There are many common issues that clients may discuss in counseling. And there are no right or wrong reasons to seek counseling. Reasons may include:
- Abuse or trauma
- Anxiety and stress
- Conflict management
- Grief and loss
- Interpersonal relationships
- Transitioning to college
- Unhealthy eating behaviors
We offer support and brief counseling to students recovering from sexual assault or domestic violence. Counselors also perform crisis intervention.
Promoting Academic Success
Counselors can help you develop academic and study skills. We work with you to devise strategies for time management, test anxiety and motivation. We may also refer you to the Academic Resource Center or Disability Support Services.
Identifying Additional Resources
Counseling services are here to help students as best we can; however, it’s beyond our scope to provide long-term, intensive counseling or psychotherapy. We can’t provide ongoing counseling to students appearing to be a recurring high risk to themselves or the university community. We also do not offer treatment services for alcohol or drug abuse. Counselors can meet with students who have been diagnosed with serious psychiatric conditions or are struggling with substance abuse. The counselor provides support, assesses needs and refers the student to appropriate off-campus resources. Counselors can’t prescribe or monitor medication. Students with questions about medication can request a referral to the Health Center or an off-campus physician.
Sometimes an external body, such as Athletics, Community Standards or Residence Life, requires a student to seek counseling. If mandated goals are beyond our scope, we provide referrals to off-campus or community resources. We generally don’t provide treatment to students who are legally required or encouraged to seek counseling. If you want to make an appointment to explore the services we offer, we hope you will contact us. If you have questions, our counseling FAQs are a good place to start. Above all, we want to reassure you that your sessions are confidential.