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Student Life at ECSU

Counseling Services

Counseling at ECSU

We’re here to listen.  Students speak to us about things that upset, frighten, confuse, thrill, sadden, or anger them. The simple act of talking and listening in a confidential, non-judgmental environment can help you gain clarity, self-confidence, and hope for the future.
We take your confidentiality seriously. We break confidentiality only in situations that to us seem life threatening. Even in these situations, however, we do everything we can to enlist your agreement and cooperation.
Our counseling services include:
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Substance Use/Abuse Counseling
  • Sexual Assault
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Counseling
  • Trauma & Grief Counseling
  • Clinical Assessments
  • Referrals for Medication
  • Walk-In Therapy
  • Outreach Programs
  • Walk-in Therapy

Services are in guidelines of professional, legal, and ethical standards that are captured by state and federal statues and by organizations that represent professions within college and university counseling services.


What to EXPECT During A Counseling Visit?

  • Counseling is a confidential discussion between a counselor and a client (student) about personal, social, emotional, and/or psychological concerns that have triggered distress or impairs your ability to function as normal.
  • Counseling can help the student to identify and change behavior or ways of thinking that have not worked well in the past.
  • Counseling aids in healthy decision making, developing positive coping strategies, and mastering meaningful, self-determined goals.
  • Counseling is a working relationship between the licensed professional (unless otherwise stated) and the student.

All students enrolled at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) are eligible for services. Students who withdraw from the University and who were receiving ongoing services at the time of withdrawal may be seen for one-two sessions after withdrawal for the purpose of continuity of care during the termination and community referral process.

Students may be denied services if they are:
  • Physically or verbally abusive toward staff, student workers or others within the counseling center.
  • experiencing a problem/issue that is beyond the scope of the services offered at the Student Counseling (Referrals will be given to the student)
  • Intoxicated and/or under the influence of any form of substances and unable to respond to the counselor.

Counseling services and records are confidential.  We do not confirm or deny your attendance to counseling.  All records are now electronic but are protected by FERPA and HIPPA compliant software.  Disclosures to third parties, including parents, legal guardians, and others (e.g. lawyers, doctors, etc.) are made only with the student’s signed consent.

By law, if someone is homicidal or suicidal, we will do what we can to ensure the person's safety and to ensure the safety of others. This means notifying the appropriate authorities and getting you to the hospital. Additionally, if we find that a child, an elderly person or someone who is developmentally delayed is being abused in any way,  we would have to break confidentiality. Please discuss the limits of confidentiality when you come to the counseling center.

Students seeking counseling services the Student Counseling Center will sign an electronic counseling consent form informed of the policies and procedures (e.g. session limits, cancellation and missed appointment, policy, etc.) prior to engaging in treatment. Students also will be availed of their rights and their responsibilities as recipients of our services.

There are no session limits for individual and group counseling; however, session limits (e.g., number of contacts during a week) may be placed upon a student if it is therapeutically warranted.

No, you are not "crazy". We all need a safe and confidential place where we can discuss matters of concern or to get things off our chest. The counseling center is the place to do that because services are confidential.

You may begin services by calling the counseling center to arrange an appointment at 252-335-3275 or by walking in during our office hours, 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.  Please be mindful that walk-in appointments may need to wait for an available counselor, therefore appointments are encouraged.



The Elizabeth City State University’s Collegiate Recovery Community Program (CRC), Viking CARES, is a dedicated space for students to assist them in their quest of recovery from all stages of addiction. CARES stands for Campus Advocates for Recovery and Educational Services. Viking CARES offers a safe space for students seeking recovery to participate in programming and services specific to their needs and to interact with those who share their experience. Most importantly, we are here to assist, guide, encourage and engage students with their recovery within the community.

Alcoholics Anonymous-Find meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous in North Carolina and take the next step to overcome alcohol addiction today. Learn more about alcoholism and addiction in the state of North Carolina.

Substance Use Resources for Students from Historically Marginalized Groups

No one should suffer the confusion of addiction alone. Together, we can make a difference!
For more information, call 252-335-4874

ECU and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina: A Partnership to Bridge the Behavioral Health Care Gap at Elizabeth City State University.

We are committed to ensuring that our students are well. If you or someone you know may be experiencing challenges with mental health, Student Counseling Services and Student Health Services are here to provide expertise in tele-psychiatry services. These services are free to ECSU students. For more information, please contact us. 

Confidential – Care – Commitment   





  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline - call 1.800.273.TALK (8255) 
  • American Association of Suicidality
  • National Institute on Mental Health
  • Narcotics.com which helps people find local Narcotics Anonymous meetings and provides resources for various types of treatment including inpatient, outpatient and support groups.
  • Rehabs.org provides info for people at any stage of their recovery journey, including info on different types of therapy/recovery options, warning signs, how to talk to a family member, definitions of different types of treatment and a local treatment center directory.
  • FreeRehabCenters.org provides a nationwide list of free, sliding scale, low income, payment assisted and affordable rehab centers. These are hard to find non profit and government resources that most people do not know even exist.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)'s mission is to lead, mobilize and raise our voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. We are dedicated to supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates.

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and leading authority on sexual violence. We are a dynamic organization comprised of experts in victim services, public education, public policy, consulting services, and technology. Our team works together to provide best-in-class services for survivors, inform and educate the nation about sexual violence, and improve the public policy and criminal justice response to sexual violence.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone, no matter your age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Men and boys who have been sexually assaulted or abused may have many of the same feelings and reactions as other survivors of sexual assault, but they may also face some additional challenges because of social attitudes and stereotypes about men and masculinity.


Millions of people are experiencing lower stress, less anxiety, improved focus and more restful sleep with Calm. Whether you have 30 seconds or 30 minutes, Calm content is made to suite your schedule and needs.

This must be done on a web or mobile browser (not in the app itself).
Once on the page:
Create an account or sign in to your existing Calm account.
Enter your ECSU email in the box provided to activate the subscription on your Calm account.
Download the Calm app and log in to your account to access the premium content.
What is TAO – Therapy Assistance Online? It may be helpful to think of TAO as an online library of engaging, interactive programs to learn life skills and to help you bounce back from disappointments or stumbling blocks in life.We are excited to provide you with very powerful evidenced-based, learner-focused content that aims to increase positive and adaptive behavior. Using TAO you will learn:
Personal Skills: For developing personal agency and managing oneself
Cognitive Skills: For analyzing and using information
Inter-personal Skills: For communicating and interacting effectively with others


You can complete TAO at your own pace, whether that is just one session a day, or perhaps two whole modules. It is entirely up to you.

To register with your ECSU email account use this link https://us.taoconnect.org/register


Need to talk?

To Schedule An Appointment, call:


Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday | 8:30am – 5:00pm

Helping a Student in Need

The Counseling Center consults with university students, faculty, staff, and parents who are concerned about the unusual, problematic, or potentially harmful behavior of others.

If you are concerned about someone’s mental health, please visit or call us at (252) 335-3275.