Center for Counseling and Student Development


Appointment Scheduling Change
Due to the significant demand for our services, we will no longer schedule triages or first-time appointments on Friday afternoons only this semester. For all appointment scheduling, please call 252-328-6661 anytime during normal business hours (Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm).

WELCOME to the ECU Center for Counseling and Student Development!

The mission of the Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) is to enhance personal growth through developmental, preventive, and therapeutic programming designed to facilitate skill development, improve functioning, and increase understanding of self and others. The CCSD's programs and services are designed to be an integral part of the university structure and contribute toward the university's mission of education, research, and service. As such, individual and group programs and outreach activities are designed to enhance the quality of life for ECU students in the areas of cognitive, emotional, social, career, and academic development. The CCSD staff affirm an inclusive definition of diversity and respect and celebrate the richness of each student's experience. 

Is CCSD right for me?

East Carolina University’s Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) invites all enrolled students to acquaint themselves with the services we offer. All students are eligible for an initial assessment with one of our counselors. Upon gathering information about what brings the student to CCSD, the counselor will make treatment recommendations in collaboration with each student. Service recommendations are based on each individual’s needs and may differ from person to person. Students may be provided services at CCSD, may be referred to other campus offices or clinics, or may be referred to off-campus providers.


For Crisis Services, please click here.


CCSD provides individual counseling within a brief, short-term therapeutic model (up to 12 sessions within an academic year), with most students benefiting from 4-5 sessions. Short-term counseling can be beneficial to students experiencing challenges in the following areas: 


  • Personal: stress, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, grief, guilt, self-esteem, emotion regulation, substance use, impulse control, effects of trauma, body image


  • Relationships: interpersonal communication, romantic relationship difficulties, sexual concerns, roommate problems, family concerns, interpersonal violence, harassment


  • Development: identity, adjustment to college/life transitions, concerns from childhood and/or adolescence


  • Academic: performance anxiety, perfectionism, underachievement, low motivation

Students seeking or requiring specialized treatment options not provided by CCSD clinicians, or those who are determined to need more intensive frequency and length of treatment than can be offered through CCSD, may be referred off-campus to community providers who may be better suited to meet their therapeutic needs.

If you are experiencing distress and are unsure if counseling or other CCSD services are right for you, we encourage you to seek an initial assessment with a counselor to help you determine what options are available. If preferred, you may also call our office to consult with a counselor by phone. If it is determined that CCSD is not the most appropriate option, our counselors and/or case managers will assist you in finding appropriate support for your situation.




CCSD is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.






In crisis?

Come in M - F between 11 am - 4 pm for a brief crisis screening or call us at 252-328-6661 (press '2' if after-hours).