Counseling Center

DePaolo Hall

Welcome to the Counseling Center

The goal of the Counseling Center is to assist enrolled students in maximizing their success at UNCW and in life. The center's staff provides confidential, time-effective counseling services to help students build a successful college experience. Services include individual and group counseling for personal or relationship concerns. In addition, staff members provide outreach and consultation services on a broad range of topics for students, faculty, staff and the university community.

Counseling Center hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
(Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:30 am- 5 pm; Friday, 7:30 - 11:30 am)



In the Aftermath of the Hurricane (text version of graphic)

It is important to recognize that we all have different ways of reacting to stressful situations. It is normal to experience a wide range of emotions, including feeling numb or detached from others, after a natural disaster.  

The most common reactions we see include an increase in irritability, difficulty expressing emotions, shortened temper and increased frustration, worry, and a change in substance use.
Common reactions to disasters, summarized here in English:   The same information in Spanish:
Ways To Cope

Practice Self-Compassion

  • Give yourself time to adjust and mourn any loses
  • Be patient with emotional ups and downs

Find Connection

  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Engage in social activities
  • Take time to talk about the experience

Get Back to Healthy Habits

  • Eat meals at regular times
  • Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same times
  • Find ways to be active

Practice Mindfulness

  • 5 minutes of daily meditation can increase happiness and decrease stress
Local Crisis Services:
UNCW Counseling Center: 910-962-3746
New Hanover Regional Medical Center: 910-343-7000
Walk in Hours will be available at the counseling center Monday-Friday when the campus reopens to students. Counselors will provide crisis management services, resume therapy for existing clients, and answer questions about referrals to off campus providers or how to use the EAP program (for faculty or staff).
National Resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a toll-free, multilingual crisis support service available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746). The Disaster Distress Helpline is a federally funded resource provided by SAMHSA.
Employee Assistance:
EAP services can be reached at 877-274-7342 or 800-697-0353 and their website is:
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a benefit available to employees (and their dependents).  The services are contracted through ComPsych EAP and include:
  • confidential employee & family member assessments and self-referrals
  • management consultations and referral services
  • crisis intervention services
  • broad range of web-based resources, using an extensive network of behavioral health care providers. 


Important Information about Parking

To avoid being ticketed when visiting the Counseling Center, please do not park in spots marked for Health Services, Testing Services, or outside your assigned parking zone. Counseling Services will not validate parking or verify attendance for parking tickets you receive while in our office. Paid convenience meters are available for all students/faculty/staff with or without parking permits and are located near the Cultural Arts Building and the small parking lot between James Hall and Trask Coliseum, and will be clearly marked.

Student Assistance Program (pdf file)

(for students covered by Student Health Insurance)

Featured Programs

Calendar of Events (pdf file)

Meditation(pdf file)

Meditation Text Only Accessible Flyer (pdf file) 

Breathe Program (pdf file)

Group Counseling (pdf file)


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The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

If you should have any difficulty accessing any information from the Counseling Center web pages or other information throughout our site, please contact us by telephone at 910-962-3746 and we will provide alternatives.