Counseling Center

The Counseling Center

The mission of the Counseling Center is to help currently enrolled UVA Wise students be successful in the college environment. The emerging adulthood phase of life and the demands of college can be stressful for students.  We are here to help students overcome challenges and to thrive during their college experience.


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.

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 (8AM – 5PM), please contact The Counseling Center at 276.376.1005 to reach a counselor. After 5pm, 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.

Helping Students in Distress (pdf)


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 am-5 pm. 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.


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.

Sara Schill

Sara Schill, LPC

Lead Counselor

Katrina Mann

Katrina Kilgore, LPC


Melissa Jones

Melissa Jones

Administrative Assistant

Prevention & Awareness

The Counseling Center, both individually and in collaboration with other on and off campus resources, provides a variety of programs throughout the academic year to raise awareness of mental health related issues as well as programs that focus on prevention. The Center is always looking for ways to positively impact the campus community and welcomes recommendations from the campus community for new program ideas and opportunities. Some annual programs include:

Come To Me Campaign

The Come To Me Campaign is a national mental health campaign with the goal of spreading 4 main messages to as many people as possible:

  • You are loved.
  • Your support network is bigger than you may think.
  • It is a sign of courage to ask for help.
  • Life can be better.

The mission is to distribute wristbands with the words “Come To Me” on the outside and the phone number for the National Suicide Hotline on the inside. By large numbers of people wearing the wristbands and showing their support, the hope is that people will begin to talk more openly about mental health, become more aware of the signs of suicide in their friends and family, and encourage people to get the help they need. This campaign is a part of Suicide Prevention.

Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week is the second week in September each year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students (source: National Institute of Mental Health). Because of fear and stigma, too many people remain uneducated about warning signs and ways to help someone experiencing suicidal thoughts. Spreading awareness, being kind to one another, and helping to educate others on things like resources and warning signs can make a difference.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will link you to local emergency assistance anywhere in the U.S.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends, or coworkers. Unfortunately, the presence of stigma creates an environment of misunderstanding that negatively impacts those living with mental illness. That is why each October, and every day, we work raise awareness of mental illness.

Check Up From the Neck Up

This program occurs during Mental Illness Awareness Week. For this program, students complete a depression screening and review the results with one of the campus counselors. This screening helps people gain valuable insight into their mental health and connects those at risk with appropriate services and support. For many, these screenings are their first step toward recovery.

Alcohol Screening

Alcohol Screening is a part of Safe Spring Break Week. It is an outreach, education, and screening initiative that raises awareness about harmful and dependent drinking behaviors and connects at-risk individuals with treatment options. This awareness program is meant to help all individuals consider healthier drinking habits and connect those with more serious alcohol use issues with resources that can help them.

Safe Zone

The Counseling Center works to provide a safe environment for all students. Counseling services are LGBTQ+ inclusive, welcoming and affirming. Safe Zone training is made available each semester to faculty and staff. Contact Safe Zone facilitator, Sara Schill, if interested in becoming Safe Zone trained.

On Campus Resources

Campus Police
1st floor Cantrell Hall
276.328.COPS (8am-5pm M-F)
276.328.3756 (after hours & weekends)

Office of Compliance & Inclusion
2nd floor Cantrell Hall

Dean of Students
1st floor Cantrell Hall

Student Support Services
1st floor Zehmer Hall

Off Campus Resources

Wise County Behavioral Health 276.523.8300

Family Preservation Services 276.679.1045

The Health Wagon 276.328.8850

Norton Community Hospital 276.439.1000

Lonesome Pine Hospital 276.523.3111

Creekside Behavioral Health 423.830.8110

Crisis Center, Inc 1.800.273.8255

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255)