Individual Counseling

Individual counseling sessions:

  • Involve a confidential 1-on-1 setting
  • Are a process of exploring personal concerns, learning new ways of coping, creating change, and increasing satisfaction with life
  • Are not about telling you what to do, how to feel, or who to be, but are instead about supporting, educating, increasing your awareness, and being with you as you determine what to do, how you feel, or who you want to be
  • Typically last about 50 minutes
  • Most commonly occur every 2-3 weeks
  • Do not usually exceed 12 sessions per academic year

To get started with individual counseling, call our office at 252-328-6661 to schedule an appointment with a counselor.

Please note that there will be a $25 fee applied to your tuition bill as a “Student Health Services fee” for each missed counseling appointment without canceling or rescheduling. We ask that you call 24 hours in advance of your appointment to cancel or reschedule if you cannot attend.

Group Counseling

Group counseling is offered during the Fall and Spring and spring semesters only.

Group counseling sessions:

  • Provide a supportive, therapeutic, and challenging environment to connect with others like you who are interested in exploring concerns, gaining support for change, or growing personally
  • Typically meet weekly for 60-90 minutes
  • Involve 4-10 students led by one or more trained mental health professionals
  • Are offered in a variety of formats, including psychoeducational, support, process, or a combination of these

Research shows that it is often the most effective form of treatment for many common issues.

How do I join?

You can talk with your counselor at your next appointment or call our Center at 252-328-6661 to speak with the Group Coordinator for more information.

If you and your counselor determine that group is a right fit for you, you will likely be scheduled for a brief Pre-Group Orientation appointment where you will meet the group co-leaders, learn more details about the group, and ask questions before making a commitment.

What groups are offered?

Understanding Self and Others Interpersonal Process Group

This group is a safe environment where one may develop more self-awareness and grow personally while exploring oneself in relationship with others. Often members benefit from finding effective ways to connect and communicate with others while addressing their own personal concerns. Students must be active clients with CCSD in order to attend. Call 252-328-6661 or speak with your counselor to sign up.

LGBTQ+ Interpersonal Process Group

This group is for students presenting to the CCSD with interpersonal concerns. This group creates a safe space for students to develop increased self-awareness, grow personally, and find understanding from others in the ECU community. You must be an active client with CCSD to attend. Call 252-328-6661 or speak with your counselor to sign up.

A Journey to Healing- Sexual Assault Survivors Group

This group is a safe place for female identifying survivors of sexual assault and/or interpersonal violence to gather, learn, heal, and explore their experiences. Group has a psychoeducational component (as needed by participants), and focuses on processing experiences. No one is ever forced to share anything, however the environment will provide safety for all to find common group and learn from each other through the ongoing healing process. Call 252-328-6661 or speak with your counselor to sign up for this group.

Healing Hearts

This is a drop in group with a flexible format that may include both structured activities and open discussion regarding grief and loss. Objectives of the group are: 1) appreciate common grief responses and understand the variability in experiences; 2) provide a mutually supportive environment in order to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors surrounding bereavement; and 3) expand coping skills. You can learn more and sign up through The Pirate Experience.

The Center for Counseling and Student Development welcomes YOU to inquire specifics about group offerings and/or make suggestions for future groups!