What happens after my Needs Assessment?

You will be contacted within the week of your Needs Assessment with recommendations based on your needs.

You and your counselor will work together to find what services may be most effective for your needs. Recommendations may include individual counseling, group counseling, or off-campus resources.

To ensure that the needs of all UNC Asheville students are addressed in a timely manner, Counseling Services provides time-limited solution-focused therapy.  Because of this, some student issues may be beyond the scope of what Counseling Services can offer in terms of the number of visits per semester. If we cannot provide the specialized services you need, we will assist you in connecting with a provider in the community that will be a more appropriate fit.

To determine if you need crisis services, please read the following descriptions and identify any items that apply to you.

  • I may be unable to keep myself or others safe.
  • I plan to attempt suicide or to harm someone else.
  • I have been physically or sexually assaulted within the last few days.
  • Someone close to me has died within the last few days or I have just received some extremely difficult news.
  • I am having strange experiences such as hearing voices or seeing things that others do not.
  • I have knowledge of another person being abused or assaulted.
  • I am experiencing life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
  • I have witnessed a traumatic event within the last few days.

If any of the above items are true for you or someone you know, you are in need of Crisis Services. Please call 828.251.6520 or come directly to our office during business hours.

After business hours and weekends contact:

  • Bulldog HealthLink: 1-888-267-3675
  • Mobile Crisis: 1-888-573-1006
  • Protocol: 1-828-251-6520 Press #4
  • Campus Police: 1-828-251-6710
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Comprehensive Care Center: 1-828-254-2700
  • Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

We offer confidential assessments and ongoing counseling to address concerns regarding use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, other substances, and compulsive behaviors such as gambling and on-line gaming. Our goal is for our students to have the knowledge they need to make well informed decisions and know how to minimize risk. We have a licensed substance abuse counselor on staff who will meet with you to discuss your concerns and provide feedback. If you decide you want to make changes, the counselor can help you develop and implement a plan and can help you connect with resources and support in the community if needed.

Level II Substance Use Assessments

Level II assessments are a required sanction for students who receive a second citation for code of conduct violation related to alcohol and/or other drugs and are required to meet with a substance abuse counselor for an assessment. We offer these confidential assessments at no charge and can also assist you in finding an off-campus assessment if you prefer.

To schedule you Level II Assessment:

  1. Set up an account on your student health portal. This is where you will fill out all necessary paperwork to be seen at the Health and Counseling Center.
  2. Call and schedule your Level II Assessment with the Health and Counseling Center.
  3. Plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your Level II Assessment appointment to complete an intake form in the waiting room.

Please cancel or reschedule your appointments 24 hours in advance.  A missed appointment/no-show fee will be added to your account. This no-show fee policy is designed to ensure that our campus resources are used most effectively.

The Level II assessment is completed over the course of two sessions that are scheduled two weeks apart.  Prior to the first appointment, the student will complete the Counseling Services general intake form in the Health and Counseling Center (why you need to show up 30 minutes early).

BEFORE you come to the Level II Assessment, please print off and complete the following three worksheets:  brief written exercise and two short questionnaires: Cannabis Use Questionnaire & Problematic Experiences Regarding Alcohol & Drug Use.

During the first session the student will be asked to identify a specific behavior they want to change related to alcohol and/or other drugs. Between sessions, the student will have the opportunity to implement a change plan that will be developed with the help of the counselor.

When both sessions are completed, the counselor will provide the student with documentation verifying attendance and completion of the assessment process. The student can then present that document to their judicial contact in Residential Education. Confidentiality is the foundation of counseling. No information about the outcome of the assessment will be shared without signed permission by the student

Online Resources for Alcohol, Drug Concerns, and Others Behavioral Addictions

ADD/ ADHD is a complex condition and is not the same for every individual. Usually the providers at UNC Asheville student health assist with multi- factor care for ADD/ ADHD but do not prescribe controlled substances for treatment. We ask that students who have been taking medication before arriving at UNCA bring three months of medication when arriving in August. Individual treatment decisions are most commonly a joint effort with a Primary Care Provider, family, and high school officials. If a student still has ADD/ADHD when they are attending college, testing after age 17 is the best tool for supporting that student. UNCA will not be able to prescribe ADD/ADHD medication for students who have not been tested after age 17.

On-site Diagnosis and Treatment

Health and Counseling can assist students with diagnosis of ADD/ADHD. We have referral sites for testing and can help figure out insurance costs and fee options. Testing usually takes 2-3 visits, so the process can take several weeks depending on the student’s availability. Tools for treatment include counseling, self-help resources, classroom accommodations, medication, treatment of other conditions that affect focus, and project management tools such as executive functions. UNC Asheville has resources and support for each of these. Your student health fee covers all office visits at the Health and Counseling. Any student can call and make an appointment. Student insurance or private insurance is for off campus visits; Health and Counseling has no co-pay or additional visit fee.

Other Resources for ADD/ADHD

A counseling group is usually comprised of 6-8 people who meet face to face with 1-2 trained facilitators. These interactions give members an opportunity to increase understanding, try out new ways of being with others and learn more about the ways they interact. The content of group sessions are confidential, and members agree not to identify other members or their concerns outside of group. Different types of group therapy may be offered each semester depending upon student interests and needs.

The Collegiate Recovery Community Program (CRP) offers support services including weekly check-in meetings to increase accountability and provide structure. We believe that students in recovery from substance use disorders, behavioral addictions and/or mental health issues should not have to choose between an abstinence based recovery lifestyle and having a full college experience. Health and Counseling can facilitate referrals for mental health counseling, psychiatric care, and medical services as needed. CRP staff help students connect with campus resources, navigate the academic system, and engage in the campus community. CRP sponsored events are scheduled throughout the academic year to build community, celebrate success, and share resources.

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) is a student led group for students in recovery who are willing to share their experience, strength, and hope with the campus community and beyond. Students involved in the CRC support and encourage one another, plan outreach and educational programs, and do service work.

If you would like to be part of this group, please contact Jay Dismukes, Substance Abuse Counselor –  jdismuke@unca.edu.

Local Recovery Meetings

Let’s Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal, confidential consultations with counselors from UNCA’s Health & Counseling Center. Counselors can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions, and introduce you what is is like to speak with a member of our staff. Consultations are free to all students on a first-come, first served basis. These sessions are informal and not a substitute for counseling, nor are they intended for urgent concerns or mental health emergencies. They can also be used by Faculty and Staff for consultation purposes to support students

Who Is Let’s Talk For?

  • Students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor.
  • Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor.
  • Students who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through.
  • Students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.
  • Faculty and Staff who would like to consult with a counselor for the purpose of supporting the mental health and well-being of their student(s).

Fall 2023 Let’s Talk Schedule

  • Mondays: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Highsmith Student Union 128 with Katie Green
  • Tuesdays: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | 4th floor study lounge in Mills Hall with Tre Williams
  • Wednesdays: 2:30 – 4:00 PM | 4th floor study lounge in Mills Hall with Elizabeth McCorvey
  • Thursdays: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Rhoades Robinson 204, Engineering Library with Matthew Morency

*Let’s Talk is not held during Fall and Thanksgiving breaks

Questions? Please contact the coordinator, Maryanne Lineberger at mlinebe2@unca.edu.

The Let’s Talk Program at the University of North Carolina Asheville is based on the Let’s Talk Program at Cornell University. With permission, some of the material from this website has been adapted or reproduced from Cornell University. For this, we are indebted to the counselors at the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Cornell University for paving the way for us, and many others, in the utilization of such a successful model.” 

Below is a list of applications that address a variety of concerns and can be used to support the work you do in therapy or assist with self-improvement. These are not substitutes for counseling.

  • National Institute of Mental Health – the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders
  • Set To Go: a site devoted to skills that will help you thrive as you get ready to leave high school and enter into college.
  • The JED Foundation: provides essential information about common emotional health issues among teens and young adults
  • Calm – Meditate, Sleep, Relax: the #1 app for mindfulness and meditation, as featured in the New York Times
  • PTSD Coach: helps you learn about and manage symptoms of PTSD. Developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD.
  • Virtual Hope Box: an app that helps with emotional regulation and coping with stress via personalized supportive audio, video, pictures, games, mindfulness exercises, positive messages and activity planning, inspirational quotes, coping statements, and other tools. 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Veterans & Active Duty resource center – support and education for veterans, service members, and their families
  • Help.org – provides information and support for people dealing with substance abuse and addiction
  • What’s Your Grief? – education and support for people dealing with grief
  • T2 Mood Tracker: allows you to easily monitor and track emotional health. It can record a range of emotions for anxiety, depression, stress, head injury, PTSD and general well-being
  • Half of US: an online resource with the goals of initiating a public dialogue, raising awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues, and connecting students to the appropriate resources to get help. It contains helpful information for assessing you own needs knowing the warning signs that someone might need support, and seek immediate help if necessary.
  • Proud2BMe: an online community for teens and young adults that encourages healthy body image.
  • ULifeLine: an anonymous, confidential, online resource center with resources for college students regarding emotional health.

Contact the Health & Counseling Center

Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

118 W.T. Weaver Blvd, Asheville, NC 28804

If you have an immediate emergency, please call Campus Police at (828) 232-5000 and then dial 911.

Regular Hours: (828) 251-6520
After Hours: +1 (888) 267-3675 (NOT for medication refill and/or appointments)
Campus Police: (828) 232-5000
Mobile Crisis: +1 (888) 573-1006
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: +1 (800) 273-8255