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Mental Health

Counseling Services

Counseling Services

At the Carruth Center, we provide a variety of psychological, psychiatric, and counseling services for a wide range of student concerns.

Individual Counseling : Students have the opportunity to sit down with a counselor one-on-one to discuss their concerns in a private and confidential setting. Our short-term individual counseling sessions last about forty-five to fifty minutes and may be held once a week, once every other week, or less frequently. Many students find that their concerns are resolved in three to four sessions.

Returning Counseling Clients:

If you have received counseling (been assigned to a counselor and completed at least one visit) and would like to resume short term counseling, please call us at 304-293-4431 to schedule an appointment so that we can best assess your counseling needs. Scheduling an appointment will ensure that the counselor you see has time to review the records of your previous care and may decrease your appointment wait time. In most cases, we will attempt to schedule your appointment with your former counselor (unless you prefer a different counselor).

Psychiatry Clients who wish also to participate in counseling:

Short term counseling is also available for students who are utilizing psychiatry services at the counseling center. The best way to access these services is simply to talk w/ your psychiatrist. Your psychiatrist can best assess your needs and help you arrange counseling.

Couples Counseling : Couples counseling functions similarly to individual counseling. Appointments are scheduled once a week, once every two weeks, or less frequently. Space for couples counseling is limited. Interested couples should call the Carruth Center at 304-293-4431 to schedule an initial consultation.

Group Counseling : Group counseling offers students the opportunity to meet with other students experiencing similar concerns. All group counseling sessions are intended to facilitate a supportive and confidential therapeutic environment. A clinician helps guide and direct the students during the group session. Group counseling sessions are held weekly and often last for a few weeks for an hour to an hour and a half per session. More information can be found on our group counseling page.

Drug and Alcohol Counseling: The Student Assistance Program offers a number of different counseling options for students seeking drug or alcohol counseling. Students may participate in individual counseling, group counseling, and educational activities. The Student Assistance Program also provides information concerning community resources, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. More information can be found on the Student Assistance Program page.

Educational and Career Counseling: Education on study skills including topics related to text anxiety, time management, or concentration is available to all students at WVU. For most students, student success coaching is available at the WVU Office of Retention, which can be reached by calling (304) 293-5804. Students wishing to speak to a counselor about these concerns may set up an individual counseling session at the Carruth Center.

Career counseling is available to all WVU Students through the Career Services Center. There, career service specialists will help students discover what kind of careers they may find appealing.

Drop-In Hours: Drop-in counseling is available for students Monday through Friday from 8:15AM-4:45PM (last person taken back at 4:00 PM). Drop-in hours are appropriate for students in crisis or feeling as though they need immediate help, as well as for students feeling their concern may be resolved in only one session. If you’re unsure of what you may need, please use the drop-in hours or give us a call at (304) 293-4431.