At UCS we aim to provide comprehensive evaluation and consultation for students on best options for their mental health care. This can include any of the following: case management, referral services to a community provider, brief individual and couples therapy, group therapy, consultation, and resiliency workshops.

How to make an initial appointment:

Getting connected to UCS is easy. All you need to do is come to either of our two offices (MPC and MCV) and ask for a RAM (Referral & Assessment Meeting) appointment.

You will be asked to fill out about 10 minutes of paperwork. You will most likely meet with a UCS clinician for a same day consultation. These meetings are designed to assess student’s mental health needs and to provide information and treatment recommendations.  

Also note that during busy periods you may have to wait to see an an available counselor, but every effort will be made to meet with you in a timely manner. Please plan accordingly.  

Referral and Case Management Services

Case management services are available for all VCU students or individuals transitioning out of the VCU community. 

We offer assistance linking individuals with providers in the community for the following services:

  • Individual therapy

  • Couple's therapy

  • Group therapy

  • Support groups

  • Psychiatric services

  • Inpatient treatment programs

  • Detoxification programs

  • Reproductive health services

  • Medical/dental services

  • Obtaining basic needs (housing, food, etc.)

When making referrals we take into consideration a student's access to health insurance, transportation, financial situation, and clinical need.

Assistance is also provided in linking students with services in their hometown or moving destination to ensure continuity of care over the summer break or following graduation/exiting VCU.

Therapy Services

We provide therapy services for a wide array of groups including individuals, groups and couples.

Crisis Services

Walk-in crisis counseling services are available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency/crisis during operating hours please come in person to UCS and request to speak to a counselor. Crisis appointments are not a regular therapy session and are intended to be brief (most sessions last 15-20 minutes) and solution focused interventions addressing the crisis at hand. If it is after office hours students may contact VCU police at (804) 828-1234 and ask to speak to a counselor.

Professional Training

University Counseling Services utilizes an apprenticeship model for training. The core elements of this model entail mentoring and a developmental approach to prepare psychologists who are generalists for professional practice as entry-level psychologists with intermediate to advanced skills.

Consultation and Outreach

University Counseling Services staff is available by telephone or by walk-in appointment to offer consultation to students, staff, and faculty to discuss students who are experiencing difficulties. Our staff is also available to provide workshops and presentations to the campus community during the academic year at no charge.

International Students

Studying in a foreign country is exciting but can also be a stressful experience. VCU Counseling Services provides a variety of services related to emotional and mental well-being, and teaches learning skills to facilitate VCU students’ academic and personal goals.