Cook Counseling Center provides counseling services to enrolled Virginia Tech students and consultation to faculty, staff, students, and parents. Below you will find an outline of the services offered at the counseling center. This outline has also been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.

Who can get help at Cook Counseling Center?

The counceling center has counselors for full-time undergraduate and graduate Virginia Tech students from the U.S. and abroad.

Staffing at Cook Counseling Center

  • Eleven full-time counselors
  • Eight full-time psychologists
  • Two full-time psychiatrists
  • Two nurse practitioners – one full-time and one part-time
  • Four pre-doctoral psychology interns
  • Four psychology and social work practicum students

Counseling center staff defined:

A professional counselor

  • has a Ph.D.or M.Ed in counseling or social work
  • has been licensed by the state of Virginia,
  • provides individual and group counseling, and
  • supervises graduate student trainees.

A psychologist

  • has a Ph.D.or Psy.D. in counseling or clinical psychology,
  • has been licensed by the state of Virginia,
  • provides individual and group counseling, and
  • supervises graduate student trainees.

A psychiatrist

  • has a medical degree and has training in prescribing medicine for problems such as depression and anxiety,
  • has been licensed by the state of Virginia, and
  • meets briefly with students who want medication to help with counseling.

A nurse practitioner

  • has a master’s degree in nursing and has training in prescribing medicine for problems such as depression and anxiety,
  • has been licensed by the state of Virginia, and
  • meets briefly with students who want medication to help with counseling.

A graduate student trainee

  • is working toward a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or psychology,
  • is supervised by licensed counseling center staff, and
  • provides individual and group counseling.

Services are offered by Cook Counseling Center

We provide individual and group counseling as well as psychiatric, consultation, and outreach services to the Virginia Tech community. Services are available to all currently enrolled Virginia Tech students who pay the student health fee. The counseling center’s services are protected by law and information about your treatment can only be released to others with your written permission; however, confidentiality can be broken for serious concerns for safety to self or others, or if the records are court ordered. Below you can find descriptions and reasons for why you might want to use Cook Counseling Center’s services.

Personal counseling:

  • To talk about your stress or difficulties
  • To gain other perspectives
  • To help with adjustment to U.S. culture and the educational system
  • To overcome loneliness
  • To communicate better

Group counseling:

  • To share your experience
  • To gain support
  • To improve relationship skills
  • To gain other perspective on your stress

Consultation:

  • To better understand the counseling center's services
  • To learn about other campus resources that can help with a problem

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment, please call Cook Counseling Center at 540-231-6557 or come by our office in McComas Hall to schedule an intake appointment.

The office is open from:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday.