University Counseling Services

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Schedule An Appointment

Must come in person to either location:

Monroe Park Campus
University Student Commons, Room 238
907 Floyd Ave.
(804) 828-6200
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

MCV Campus
VMI Building, Room 412
1000 E. Marshall St.
(804) 828-3964
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday//Tuesday//
Thursday//Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


After Hours Emergency
Please call VCU Police dispatcher:
(804) 828-1234 and ask to speak to a therapist.

Special Message on Recent Events

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King Jr.

As we all cope with the ripple effects of the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as the attacks on police officers in Dallas, we at UCS want to voice our solidarity and communicate to the entire University community that we are also broken-hearted and here to bear witness to the pain, fear and confusion that you may be feeling. We encourage you to reach out to people you can trust and who can support you in coping with reactions to these recent events. We also encourage you to know your limits, and allow yourself permission to set boundaries in conversation and around social media so that you can take care of yourself.

UCS is available for VCU students who would like support following these events. During business hours you can walk in to speak with a counselor at either location. Our waiting rooms are also available during business hours for students who need a quiet space for stillness and reflection. We ask that you please notify front desk staff of your presence. After hours, please call (804) 828-1234 and ask to speak with the counselor on call for immediate support.


Special Message on the Orlando Shooting

UCS Pledge of Support | Emergency Assistance Resources

As the details of the tragedy continue to unfold about the shooting in Orlando, we at University Counseling Services remain committed to being responsive to our students and campus partners. This shooting took place on an evening celebrating the Latinx community at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub that also hosts educational and social events and serves the LGBTQ community in Orlando. Because the ethnic identity of the shooter has been released, there is also negative and hurtful stereotyping that is emerging in the careless speculations about this incident. And so we recognize that VCU students from a number of different communities are being impacted and needing additional support. There are many emotional responses to this kind of traumatic experience – shock, anger, disbelief, sadness, fear, numbness, feeling unsafe – to name a few. It is important to keep in mind that there is no one “right way” to feel or process grief. We encourage you to reach out to people you can trust and who can support you in coping with reactions to these recent events.

UCS is available for VCU students who would like support following these events. During business hours you can walk in to speak with a counselor at either location. Our waiting rooms are also available during business hours for students who need a quiet space for stillness and reflection. We ask that you please notify front desk staff of your presence. After hours, please call (804) 828-1234 and ask to speak with the counselor on call for immediate support.

Please see the UCS pledge of support to all affected by this tragedy.

UCS adapted this message from our colleagues at Duke CAPS.


Mission

The mission of University Counseling Services (UCS) is to create an environment that fosters student growth, development, and psychological well being through direct clinical service, education, and prevention. UCS achieves excellence through a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive psychological services and mental health training. UCS is committed to human rights and equality, promoting respect for individual and cultural differences.

Vision

UCS is committed to excellence and believes in the value of the whole student. We strive to be student centered and to remove barriers to student success.

UCS values individual and cultural differences with a commitment to human rights and equality. We embrace innovative clinical services, training of emerging mental health professionals, and research based clinical practice. We envision sharing our collective mental health expertise, building collaborative opportunities, and providing education and leadership at the university, local, national, and international levels.

UCS endeavors to create a diverse and multidisciplinary staff that values different perspectives and professional views. We aspire to develop a collegial, collaborative, communal environment that supports, values, and encourages both personal and professional development of staff. 

Diversity Statement

University Counseling Services is committed to promoting inclusion, and the affirmation of diversity in its broadest sense. We strive to provide respectful treatment to people of every background who work, train, and use University Counseling Services. Our staff places a high value on the dignity and worth of individuals and embraces the richness brought by the intersections of individual gender expression and identity, nationality, ethnicity, race, sexual/affectional orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, spirituality, socioeconomic status, physical attributes, as well as other personal and social characteristics that comprise individual identity. We are committed to the social value of equity, and believe that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.