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College of Design Embedded Counseling

Explore personal, interpersonal, academic, and professional concerns that may be impacting your well-being with a counselor who knows the demands of studying in the College of Design.

You can meet with the counselor at a location close to your classes — no need to go across campus to the Counseling Center!

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Design have access to these specialized counseling services through NC State’s Embedded Counseling program.

Your Counselor

Emily Burdo

Clinician, College of Design

Meet Emily Burdo, LCSW, CAS

Emily (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Trauma Informed Care. She values strengths-based approaches and identity intersectionality. Her interventions are individualized to client needs and draw from DBT, CBT, art therapy, and narrative therapy. She loves helping people understand and honor themselves. 
In her spare time, she enjoys practicing Lyra aerial arts, hanging out with her cat, and traveling to achieve her goal of visiting all 50 states. She grew up in the Adirondacks of Northern New York and loves living in Raleigh. 


Drop-in hours

Stop by to speak one-on-one with Emily and get brief counseling support (however that may look to you!) Emily can also help you get set up with services at the Counseling Center (individual therapy, group, and/or workshops).


  • Brooks Hall – Room 117D

Drop-in hours are:

  • Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Fridays from 12 – 2 p.m.

Individual counseling

Schedule one-on-one appointments, based on your availability. 

While Emily is the embedded counselor for the College of Design, other counselors on staff are available if you have a preference for a counselor as it relates to gender identity, race, and/or ethnicity. 

Your comfort in is incredibly important and we want to make sure we provide the best therapeutic experience. Note your preference on our “Request for Services” form. If you don’t list any preferences, we will work with you to find a counselor who is a best fit.

Learn how to make an appointment.

Request Training and Outreach Programs

Request mental health and wellness training or outreach programs with the embedded counselor by filling out the outreach request form.