UDC STUDENTS: How to Schedule an Appointment

UDC Counseling and Wellness Center is dedicated to promoting psychological wellbeing that enriches personal, career and academic growth. We provide a broad range of high quality, innovative, and ethical services, resources and information to students, staff and faculty.
Scope of Services

  • Consultations, individual and group therapy, referrals, and assessment
  • Prevention and emergency/crisis intervention
  • Outreach initiatives (workshops, programs, events, etc.)
  • Faculty/staff consultations
  • The Counseling Center is also a training site for Psychiatric Residents and Pre-Doctoral Students

Scope of individual counseling services topic areas include, but not limited to:

  • Mental Health
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feeling “stuck”
  • Relationship issues, Family Problems
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Procrastination
  • Difficulties with adjusting

Confidentiality

  • Counseling is a voluntary and confidential service. Students have the right to decline or accept the option of receiving counseling services.
  • Licensed Counselors and psychologists are required by law and ethical guidelines to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
  • The confines of confidentiality protect students’ privacy from the release of information to faculty and staff.
  • Only students/clients of UDC Counseling Services can give written permission to disclose your information to outside parties.
  • Exceptions to this policy is if a student/client is assessed as being a danger to self or to others, or if a student/client disclosed abuse of someone unable to protect him/herself.
  • Services can only be mandated through the UDC Judicial Affairs or through a recommendation of a Behavioral Intervention Team, Threat Assessment Team.

The Counseling & Wellness Center offers counseling services on both the Van Ness and 801 Campus. We encourage students affiliated with academic programs or courses on either campus to seek counseling services at the campus in which your academic program or majority of your classes are held. The following provides instruction on initiating counseling services and scheduling an appointment.
 
Initiating Services & Scheduling Appointment – Van Ness (Bldg. 39, Suite 120)

  • Students are first encouraged to call, (202) 274-6000 to make an appointment for services.
  • The initial appointment is typically made through the front desk for a consultation. The goal is to discuss the reasons for coming to the Counseling Center, help the student identify the issues that are causing the most concern, to put the student at some ease, and offer the option of continued counseling.
  • Students who present as walk-ins complete a Walk-In Form and appointment disposition (crisis/same-day appointment, priority consultation, or standard consultation) is based on acuity.

Initiating Services & Scheduling Appointment – 801 Campus (Bldg. 53 (N. Capitol St.), Suite 333)

  • The first step to receiving counseling at the 801 Campus is to contact the Counselor via email – awhite@udc.edu (preferred method), phone – (202) 274-6173 , or office – Suite 333.
  • The initial appointment with the Counselor will be a consultation or intake. During the initial appointment, the role of counseling and confidentiality will be discussed. All information shared by the student to the Counselor is protected by and kept under the confines of confidentiality.
  • Students at the initial appointment can also speak with the Counselor about any issues and/or goals that want to be addressed or accomplished in counseling. Referrals can also be made if needed/requested.
  • After the initial appointment it is the student’s decision whether to continue counseling, no obligation. If student agrees to continue, scheduling and objectives are established with Counselor and student.

The Counseling and Wellness Center welcomes all UDC students to inquire and/or receive services from our campus offices. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, (202) 274-6000 (Van Ness) or (202) 274-6173/6839 (801 Campus).