We aim to provide comprehensive evaluation and consultation for students on the 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.
Coping with Election-related Distress
Watch our video on Managing Election Distress
The upcoming U.S. presidential election can be an especially stressful time for students who hold marginalized identities, such as women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, LQBTQIA+, and international students. Watch our video on Managing Election Distress for Students Who Hold Marginalized Identities
Dealing with Racial Trauma; Self-Care, Battle Fatigue, and other Resources
University Counseling Services recognizes the insidious nature of oppression that privileges certain individuals while disadvantaging others. UCS acknowledges that racism may manifest in different ways as we recognize that race intersects with other sociocultural identities, such as ethnicity, gender expression and identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability status, immigration status, and more.
University Counseling Services is no longer scheduling in-person appointments to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Instead, we are providing telehealth appointments to students. Students seeking to initiate services at UCS are required to be in the Commonwealth of Virginia at the time of service. To schedule a Referral and Assessment Meeting (RAM) please contact our office at 804-828-6200, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m and 4:30 p.m. For students who are interested in video teletherapy, we would encourage students to have access to a private space with a strong internet connection.
UCS Advocacy Services remains committed to providing students with the support they need. If you would like to speak to an Advocate for support related to sexual violence, intimate partner violence, or stalking, please contact us at 804-828-6200 Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency and want to speak with a crisis clinician, then please call 804-828-6200 day or night. Students will no longer need to call VCU police for mental health emergencies.
For help coping during this difficult time, please visit our new section on COVID-19: Coping & Other Resources.
Virtual Student Support Groups
UCS offers a variety of identity-based support groups via Zoom to provide space for students to connect, cope, and build community together. View the current offerings.
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.
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.