Student Counseling Center

Welcome to the Hampton University Student Counseling Center

Information and Services

The Student Counseling Center offers individual counseling for enrolled students who need assistance with personal concerns, emotional distress, interpersonal issues, psychological disorders, and critical crisis situations. Students may also request family members and/or enrolled HU friends to participate in counseling sessions occasionally, as appropriate to the situation. Students will discuss such requests with clinicians, and the decision will be made accordingly. Couples counseling is available to currently enrolled Hampton students who mutually desire the service.

The Counseling Center has begun to integrate Health and Wellness into our practices and techniques. Students often endure sleep deprivation, excessive caffeine, lack of exercise and lack of nutrients due to meeting the demands of being in college. The above mentioned practices make students susceptible to anxiety. Through Health and Wellness coaching, students are encouraged to;

  • Sleep at least 6 hours nightly
  • Limit caffeinated beverages
  • Engage in cardio exercises for 20 minutes at least 3 times weekly
  • Eat three well-balanced meals daily

In addition to those practices, students are taught stress management skills to reduce the effects of anxiety such as:

  • Various controlled breathing techniques
  • Meditation
  • Movement meditation
  • Guided Imagery
  • Stretching

The Counseling Center also has student groups and organizations attached to it. The Peer Counselor Organization is an official university organization that operates during the academic year. Summer Peer Helpers work with Pre-college/Summer Bridge students. Read about these groups through the "Peer Support Programs" menu option.

Cost of Services

Services are provided at no additional cost; however, self-pay or private health insurance may be necessary for emergency hospitalization and/or off-campus specialists.

Appointments

Appointments are made by phone and in-person. Limited walk-in service is provided dependent upon availability of staff. When scheduling an appointment, contact information is obtained and an appointment is scheduled as soon as possible during students' free (non-class) time. Hours of operation are 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Counseling is conducted from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Last appointment is scheduled for 3:00pm.

After-hours service for emergencies is provided by the counselor on-call, and accessed through the HU Police Department at 757-727-5666.

Confidentiality

Counseling services and records are confidential. We neither confirm nor deny any student's client status, and records are kept under lock and key and are not shared with others. After seven (7) years, they are shredded. Disclosures to third parties, including parents and legal guardians are made only with students' specific written consent. Confidentiality may be waived without written consent for the safety of the student and others when there is a likelihood of harm to self or others, disclosure of child or elder abuse, loss of the ability to provide self-care or court ordered information, or the student is under the age of 18.

Expectations

The student is expected to arrive on-time for scheduled counseling sessions. In the event of an emergency, the student is expected to call and inform the Student Counseling Center. The student is expected to be an active participant during sessions and utilize best practices learned in sessions.

The counselors are committed to being honest, respectful and nonjudgmental towards students. The counselor is also committed to professionalism by maintaining confidentiality unless the student becomes a danger to him/herself or someone else.

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