Our center offers a flexible range of support and treatment options to meet the diverse needs of students at Washington and Lee. Our services include triage assessment, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, individual counseling, group counseling, outreach, crisis intervention, and facilitation of referrals or other consultations as needed. In addition, through our contract partner, My SSP, our center facilitates industry-leading 24/7 text or phone access to licensed mental health professionals as well as access to scheduled teletherapy sessions.
Both our center and our contract partner operate out of a brief therapy model. That is, providers determine a course of treatment that best meets individual student needs while allowing the most students to access our services. With that in mind, below are some concerns commonly addressed in the university counseling center followed by a list of concerns that fall outside our scope of practice.
Concerns Commonly Addressed Within a Brief Therapy Model
- Personal issues: Stress, anxiety, depression, grief, anger, loneliness, low self esteem
- Relationship issues: Romantic relationship difficulties, roommate problems, family issues.
- Developmental issues: Identity development (sexual, racial/ethnic, religious, gender, etc.), adjustment to college, life transitions.
- Academic concerns: Perfectionism, performance anxiety, low motivation, career indecision.
- Other issues: Effects of trauma, sexual assault, abuse, body image, healthy lifestyle choices.
When a student's needs are more chronic or complex in nature or require a more intensive level of care than we can offer, our staff endeavor to link students with the best possible care available elsewhere.
Concerns Commonly Addressed Through Referrals to Other Providers or Resources
- Need for more regular appointments than a brief therapy clinic can provide
- Need for intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment
- Problems requiring a type of specialization or expertise not represented among our staff
- Concerns requiring frequent consultation after hours that cannot be stabilized through short term crisis intervention
- Requests for comprehensive assessments (learning disability, AD/HD, etc.)
- Forensic or other mandated evaluations or treatments
- Active eating disorders requiring extensive medical monitoring and intervention