Counseling Center

Counseling Center

Sara Schill

Sara Schill, LPC


The Counseling Center provides short-term counseling that focuses on addressing students’ personal concerns that may hinder current and/or future learning and personal development.

Students seek counseling for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to — coping with stressful situations, substance abuse, losing important relationships, decreased self-confidence, loneliness, depression, and anxiety.

Additionally, students seek counseling to further their own personal growth. For example, students come to counseling to learn more effective social skills, improve the quality of their interpersonal relationships, and learn more about their own personality traits.

Counseling sessions are available via telephone for distance education students who are unable to come to campus for appointments.

The licensed professional counselor on campus provides confidential counseling sessions in accordance with the ethical guidelines of the American Counseling Association. Counseling is available Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm.


In addition to our personal, on campus counselors, UVa-Wise Counseling Services offers students a great online counseling tool — ULifeline.  ULifeline is an anonymous, internet-based resource that provides students with a non-threatening and supportive link to their college mental health center.  It combines the following features into one website and is yet another resource for mental health information:

  • SELF-e-VALUATOR  Developed by Duke University Medical Center, the Self-e-Valuator is an on-line screening designed to help students determine if they are at risk for depression, suicide, alcohol/substance dependence, eating disorders, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • MENTAL HEALTH REFERENCE LIBRARY  This reference library provides quality information and has been reviewed and approved by medical experts at Harvard Medical School.
  • GO ASK ALICE  This in-depth health question and answer internet site produced by educators at Columbia University, contains archives of hundreds of responses to anonymously-posed inquiries from college students.
  • CONCERNED ABOUT A FRIEND  This section, provided by National Mental Health Association, describes warning signs for depression and suicide, includes information regarding how to help a friend, and lists resources for additional assistance.

For more information about ULifeline or to complete an anonymous, on-line screening, visit the ULifeline website.

Resource Listing

Norton Community Hospital
100 Fifteenth Street NW
Norton, VA  24273

Mountain View Regional Hospital
Third Street NE
Norton, VA  24273

Lonesome Pine Hospital
1990 Holton Avenue
Big Stone Gap, VA  24219

Wise County Police Department
501 West Main Street
Wise, VA  24293

Family Crisis Support Services
PO Box 692
Norton, VA  24273
276.679.7240 or 1.877.348.3416 sexual assault 24-hour crisis hotline

Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline

Victim Witness Program
206 E. Main Street #245
Wise, VA  24293

Wise County Behavioral Health Services
3169 2nd Avenue East
Big Stone Gap, VA  24219
276.523.8300 available 24 hours

Counseling Services
Cantrell Hall, lower level

Sara Schill, LPC, Counselor


Campus Police Department
Cantrell Hall, lower level

Ronnie Shortt, Chief of Police


Health Services
UVA Student & Employee Health Wise
Cantrell Hall, lower level

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please stop by The Counseling Center located on the lower level of Cantrell Hall or call us at 276.376.1005. Please notify the secretary in the event of an emergency or crisis situation.

In the event of an emergency after hours or on weekends, please contact Campus Police at 276.328.COPS or dial 911.