Emergency Services

If you are concerned about yourself or any Virginia Tech student being (or becoming) suicidal, please call the Cook Counseling Center at 540-231-6557.  This number can be used during regular office hours or after-hours to speak with a counselor.

There are also other local resources to aid in an emergency.

Students in Crisis

Students who are in crisis can come into the McComas office:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Students who are in crisis will be evaluated for risk and an appropriate safety plan established. Crisis consultation appointments are not scheduled and waiting times may be long depending upon the number of students who have already come in. 

First Time Counseling Visits

Students begin their work with Cook Counseling Center with an intake appointment. These can be scheduled by calling 540-231-6557 or coming by the office. At the intake, students will initially complete several forms on the computer. The clinician will review these forms and then meet with the student. At that time, the student will meet with a counselor or psychologist to their discuss concerns and create a plan for achieving desired goals. This plan may involve:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Psychiatric medication evaluation and management
  • Referral to workshops or self-care resources
  • Referral to another office on campus
  • Referral to a provider in the community

Students Returning for Services

If you have been seen at the counseling center within the past year and would like to return to a previously seen therapist, call the counseling center at 540-231-6557 to schedule an appointment. If you would like to see a different therapist, schedule an intake in order to transfer care. If it has been more than a year since you have been seen at the counseling center,  you will need to schedule an intake appointment.