Counseling Services

Overcome challenges and thrive in your college experience


The Counseling Center provides treatment to help students work through a variety of issues that may interfere with learning and personal development. While there is no cap on the number of sessions students may receive, services are primarily short-term. All services provided through the counseling center are offered at no out-of-pocket expense to students.

Services include:

  • Confidential individual counseling
  • Workshops and presentations to classes
  • Prevention and awareness programming
  • Referral for medication evaluation

When necessary, The Counseling Center may refer students to off campus resources.

Rapid Access

The Counseling Center offers rapid access hours to students for brief (15-20 minute) check-ins. This service is available to all students. Rapid Access hours are currently Monday and Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but students may have a brief wait if another student is being seen. If demand for this service is high, more times will be added.


Counseling is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please stop by The Counseling Center located on the lower level of Cantrell Hall, call 276-376-1005, or email Please notify the administrative assistant if in a crisis or emergency situation to ensure immediate assistance.


All counseling records are kept strictly confidential and are not part of academic records. Information is shared only with a person’s written permission. Exceptions to confidentiality are rare and include when a person poses a threat to their own safety or the safety of someone else or when it is ordered by the court.

Reporting Student Concerns

Mental Health
Treatment to any student for a variety of issues that may interfere with learning and personal development including crisis or distressed situations.

  • Sara Schill, LPC, Director of Counseling - 276-376-1005

If unavailable then:

  • Makayla Owens, M.Ed., Resident Counselor - 276-376-1005
  • Zach Harmon, M.A., Resident Counselor – 276-376-1005

Threat Assessment
Any individual whose behavior may potentially pose a threat to self, others, or the campus community.

  • Narda Porter, 276-328-0116
  • Tabitha Smith, 276-328-0131

Other contacts include: Beau Boggs, Teena Fast, Stephanie Perry, Sara Schill, Whitney Wells, Candice Stadler, Kendall Rainey

Sexual Violence / Bias
Any reports of sexual violence/harassment, gender, race, national origin or other protected status bias

  • Tabitha Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor for Advocacy and Opportunity / Title IX Coordinator- 276-328-0131

If unavailable then:

  • Narda Porter, Title IX Investigator - 276-328-0116
  • Kendall Rainey, Deputy Title IX Coordinator - 276-376-4584
  • Beau Boggs, Chief of Police - 276-328-0190

UVA Wise campus police are available 24/7, located on the lower level of Cantrell Hall or by phone 276-328-0190 or 276-328-COPS. After hours 276-328-3756, 911 for emergencies

Contact Us for an Appointment
Give us a call or send us an email. We would love to meet with you.

Crisis & Emergencies

Counselors are on an on-call rotation for crisis situations and can be reached by Campus Police and Housing Staff 24/7. During business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.), please contact The Counseling Center at 276-376-1005 to reach a counselor.

After 5 p.m., on weekends, or if your initial call to The Counseling Center goes unanswered, please contact Campus Police. In case of an after-hours mental health crisis in a residence hall, contact Housing Staff (including your RA), or Campus Police at 276-328-0190, or dial 911.

Counseling Center Staff

The Counseling Center’s clinical staff have earned advanced professional degrees in mental health fields and are licensed/licensed eligible by the State of Virginia. They are members of the American Counseling Association and the American College Counseling Association.