Counseling Services

Counseling Services are included in your student health fee and require no additional charges to registered UNC Asheville students. Services include individual and group counseling, emergency services, referral services and outreach programs.

Your first appointment will include a Needs Assessment. You will be contacted within the week of your Needs Assessment with recommendations based on your needs. You and your counselor will work together to find what services may be most effective for your needs. Recommendations may include individual counseling, group counseling, or off-campus resources.

To ensure that the needs of all UNC Asheville students are addressed in a timely manner, Counseling Services provides time-limited solution-focused therapy.  Because of this, some student issues may be beyond the scope of what Counseling Services can offer in terms of the number of visits per semester. If we cannot provide the specialized services you need, we will assist you in connecting with a provider in the community that will be a more appropriate fit.

Crisis Services

We are aware that emergencies requiring immediate attention can exist for students. To accommodate these needs, we offer same-day services for those dealing with crisis or an urgent need to get started in counseling. The information below will help you evaluate your needs to determine whether it is appropriate to meet for a same-day or next-available appointment.

We have crisis services available daily for students dealing with a life-threatening or traumatic event. To determine if you need crisis services, please read the following descriptions and identify any items that apply to you:

  • I am currently so upset that I may be unable to keep myself or others safe.
  • I have a current plan to attempt suicide or to harm someone else.
  • I have been physically or sexually assaulted within the last few days.
  • Someone close to me has died within the last few days or I have just received some extremely difficult news.
  • I am having strange experiences such as hearing voices or seeing things that others do not.
  • I have knowledge of another person being abused or assaulted.
  • I am experiencing life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
  • I have witnessed a traumatic event within the last few days.

Substance Abuse Services

The UNC Asheville Health & Counseling Center is committed to helping you achieve academic success by supporting your physical, emotional/mental and spiritual health. We want you to learn, grow, and have fun during your time at UNC Asheville. Substance use and abuse can sometimes undermine student success and diminish potential.

We offer confidential assessments and ongoing counseling where students have the opportunity to address concerns regarding use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, other substances, and compulsive behaviors such as gambling and online gaming.

Students say they value substance use/abuse specific counseling because they know it is a “judgement free zone” where they can talk about issues, ask questions, explore options, and get accurate information. Our goal is for our students to have the knowledge they need to make well informed decisions and know how to minimize risk.

We have a licensed substance abuse counselor on staff who will meet with you to discuss your concerns and provide feedback. If you decide you want to make changes the counselor can help you develop and implement a plan and can help you connect with resources and support in the community if needed.

Level II assessments are a required sanction for students who receive a second citation for code of conduct violation related to alcohol and/or other drugs and are required to meet with a substance abuse counselor for an assessment. We offer these confidential assessments at no charge and can also assist you in finding an off-campus assessment if you prefer.

Collegiate Recovery

Collegiate Recovery is alive and well at UNC Asheville! We believe that students in recovery from substance use disorders, behavioral addictions and/or mental health issues should not have to choose between an abstinence based recovery lifestyle and having a full college experience. With commitment, determination, and the right support, both are possible.

The Collegiate Recovery Community Program (CRP) offers support services including weekly check-in meetings to increase accountability and provide structure. We can facilitate referrals for mental health counseling, psychiatric care, and medical services as needed. CRP staff help students connect with campus resources, navigate the academic system, and engage in the campus community. CRP sponsored events are scheduled throughout the academic year to build community, celebrate success, and share resources.

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) is a student led group for students in recovery who are willing to share their experience, strength, and hope with the campus community and beyond. Students involved in the CRC support and encourage one another, plan outreach and educational programs, and do service work.

For more information, contact Barbara Galloway at

Group Therapy

A counseling group is usually comprised of 6-8 people who meet face to face with one or two trained facilitators and talk about what is concerning them most. Members listen to each other and openly provide each other feedback. These interactions give members an opportunity to increase understanding, try out new ways of being with others and learn more about the ways they interact. The content of group sessions are confidential; members agree not to identify other members or their concerns outside of group.

We also hold regular silent morning meditations for all students, staff and faculty, as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy to improve self-regulation and decision-making.