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Cook Counseling Center

Cook Counseling Center

Notice: Cook Counseling Center has moved to its new location: 220 Gilbert Street, Suite 2400.

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Cook Counseling Center offers students many services and options to allow for a flexible, multi-faceted approach to meet emerging and varying needs. Students can begin by scheduling a Cook Connect Session. At this 20-30 minute meeting, the clinician will review student concerns, discuss available resources, and collaboratively develop a plan that will provide the support they need. The clinician will also discuss how students can follow up if needed in the future. See below for how to schedule.

To schedule a Cook Connect Session, call our office at 540-231-6557.

We have Cook Connect (triage) clinicians who typically have appointments available within 2-3 business days.

We have embedded counselors in the following locations: College of Science, College of Engineering, Graduate School, Veterinary Medicine, Residential Well-being, Roanoke campus, and Northern Virginia campus. If you would like to specifically be scheduled with an embedded counselor within your designated college or location, please request this when you call.


As part of Virginia Tech’s partnership with TimelyMD, students now have free, 24/7 access to virtual care services with TimelyCare – the virtual health and well-being platform from TimelyMD, designed for college students. Students will have access to on-demand mental health support 24/7 through TalkNow, telehealth counseling for up to 12 sessions per academic year, and unlimited health coaching. Register for TimelyCare online or download the app.

Our Services

An online library of videos, handouts, and other resources created or reviewed by counselors which are accessible to students for self-help or to supplement therapy.

Referral to relevant on and off campus resources such as Hokie Wellness, Career and Professional Development, Services for Students with Disabilities, off campus providers, etc. following an assessment of student needs and goals.

Educational programming designed to enhance the learning and development of students, faculty and staff through videos, live presentations, social media, or consultation.

Structured and time limited educational programming to provide information and build skills related to specific mental health topics such as anxiety or mindfulness.

Outreach services or individual and group therapy involving one of our therapy dogs.

Counselors who serve to connect Cook Counseling Center with campus organizations such as the Cultural and Community Centers through outreach, consultation, and helping students communicate with the counseling center.

Counselors who are housed within specific colleges or programs to provide therapy, assessment, outreach services, and other relevant mental health support directly to the program in which they are housed (e.g., Sports Psychology within Athletics).

Identity based groups that are focused on providing a place for sharing and receiving support and can be led by counselors or other members of the campus community.

Opportunities for students to spread mental health awareness, provide mental health programs to peers, and take on leadership roles through the Peer Assistance for Learning (PALs) program.

Support for academic success, connecting students to academic resources on campus, and resources such as academic relief when mental health is a barrier to academic success.

Therapy can be provided in a group or individual setting. Therapy groups include educational, skill-building, or interpersonal-process based group sessions that allow students to hear multiple perspectives and receive encouragement and feedback from peers in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment. Individual therapy involves short-term, one on one meetings with a clinician to work on specific goals.

Psychiatric evaluations and treatment from a team of psychiatric providers.

Consultation for mental health emergencies available 24/7 by phone or available face to face during business hours