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About Us

College is a time for tremendous intellectual, social, and professional growth. But as we create leaders and innovators, we also want to cultivate emotional and psychological growth that will allow our students to be successful and flourish. 

Creating a campus culture that supports and connects all of us

At the NC State Counseling Center, our work includes providing direct services to students, outreach and prevention, training new professionals in student mental health, and much more. Together we can create a thriving community for all students.

The NC State Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.

Our Mission

As part of NC State’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs’ (DASA) effort to promote the success of the whole student, the NC State Counseling Center believes that a healthy emotional life is the foundation for personal, academic, and professional success. 

Honoring individual differences, core human values, and the complexities of collegiate life, our counselors use compassionate, professional interactions to support emotional balance while encouraging students to reach their potential. 

Our mission is realized through the delivery of comprehensive services, such as:

  • Brief individual and group counseling
  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
  • 24-hour crisis response
  • Campus and community referrals
  • Faculty, staff, and student consultation
  • Mental health educational programming

Our Values

We commit to the values of Community, Cultural Humility, Accountability, Compassion, and Quality of Care. We strive to live these values as an investment in our individual and collective well-being so that we may better serve the mission of the Counseling Center.

Provide culturally appropriate, competent care that is equitable and accessible to students.

Quality of Care Operationalized:

  • Ensure services are accessible and equitable as well as effective.
  • Be safe.
  • Stay student-centered — attuned to and focused on the student.
  • Meet needs across the prevention-to-crisis spectrum.
  • Be culturally appropriate and culturally affirming.
  • Serve diverse populations and use cultural humility.
  • Stay trauma-informed.
  • Prioritize current student and staff needs over productivity.

Live our values, engage with transparency, promote safety, and build trust so that all feel like they belong and are empowered to speak up. We are stronger as a collective.

Community Operationalized:

  • Act as a group of people with a shared sense of place with commonalities such as norms, values, customs, and identity. 
  • Provide a sense of belonging to a group.
  • Bring about change or undertake change together.
  • Offer a sense of cohesion, safety, and trust.
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses.
  • Promote participative processes that empower the whole.
  • Uphold values.
  • Care about one another.
  • Impart a sense of being more impactful as a whole rather than as many individuals with shared goals or purpose.

Continually examine our own biases, acknowledge that others are experts in their own cultures, and recognize the impact of our behaviors on others.

Cultural Humility Operationalized:

  • Maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented.
  • Have self-humility.
  • Acknowledge that we don’t know everything about other cultures/identities or how our behavior affects others.
  • Examine our own values — a lifelong process.
  • Own biases that get in the way of seeing others’ cultures and perspectives.

Act with integrity, take responsibility for our actions, and follow through with commitments that bring us back in line with our values both individually and communally.

Accountability Operationalized:

  • Act with integrity.
  • Live our values.
  • Be responsible.
  • Take ownership.
  • Be answerable for oneself.
  • Prioritize values.
  • Follow through on commitments.
  • Hold each other accountable.

Respond thoughtfully to others and demonstrate caring and concern at all times but especially in times of distress.

Compassion Operationalized:

  • Show kindness, caring, and concern for others.
  • Care about one another and ourselves, and respond to members in distress.

Contact Us

For more information about the NC State Counseling Center, call 919.515.2423