During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Counseling Center will be serving students virtually, through phone and video meetings. To minimize COVID risks, our waiting room will not be open. Please call (202) 319-5765 during business hours to talk with a counselor, and see the FAQ details below.
What if I’m experiencing a mental health emergency right now?If you are in imminent danger, we encourage students to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255; Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor; dial 911; or go to their nearest Emergency Room for the most immediate care.
I’m not located in DC. Can I still meet one-on-one with a counselor?Because of state licensing issues, you must be in DC to receive our full range of services, including both ongoing counseling and same-day appointments. Therapy services may be available to students located in Maryland and Virginia. Therapy may also be possible for some students in other states outside of DC, MD, and VA, in extremely rare circumstances. However, we can meet with any CUA student by phone for a one-time consultation, no matter where you are located. Please call us at (202) 319-5765 to set up a phone consultation to review options, based on your location.
What do I do if I want to resume regular therapy with my therapist?Call the Front Desk to ask to be placed on their schedule. If you haven’t met with them for more than 90 days, you will need an Updated Intake.
What if I want to start individual therapy (weekly or bi-weekly) at the Counseling Center?If you would like to start therapy with the Counseling Center, call the Front Desk (202-319-5765) and ask to be scheduled for an Intake.
What if I would like a one-time, same-day, consultation?Call the Front Desk (202-319-5765) and ask for a one-time Consultation. We will get your information and a counselor will get in touch with you shortly.
What if I’m interested in group therapy?Go to our Groups page for this semester’s offerings. Call the Front Desk (202-319-5765) and mention which group you are interested in joining. You will most likely need an Intake and/or pre-screen.
What if I am thinking about starting medication?
- You will need to be in ongoing individual therapy here at the Counseling Center and because of state licensing regulations, you will need to be physically located in Washington, DC, for any appointments with the psychiatric nurse practitioner. Your therapist will direct you on how to schedule a teletherapy appointment with our psychiatric nurse practitioner.
- If you are only interested in medication, and not therapy at this time, call the Front Desk (202-319-5765) and schedule a one-time Consultation to receive referrals for off-campus psychiatric providers.
What if I don’t have a personal computer and webcam OR I am unable to find a private space for appointments?We are able to conduct most appointments over the phone! Additionally, we have private offices within the Counseling Center available for your use. Call the Front Desk (202-319-5765) if you are physically in DC and require assistance.
If you don't already, please follow us on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to receive daily tips for taking care of your mental health during these difficult times. We have also posted frequently-updated lists of resources on this website. We understand that these changes still feel different from the in-person service we're used to providing our students with, and we hope you will join us in trying to creatively problem-solve and address our community's mental health needs. We want to ensure that we can continue to provide ethical and impactful care to students who need us during this time, and are constantly re-assessing plans as new information becomes available. Thank you for your patience as we, as a community, help each other navigate through the challenges of COVID-19.
Welcome to the Counseling Center at the Catholic University of America.
Our purpose is to help you make the most of yourself as a developing person-more comfortable and effective in your own life and in your relations with others. This could mean overcoming unwanted feelings and behaviors or enhancing what you are already doing well.
We provide confidential services to full-time and part-time CUA students. Our services include individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatric consultation, walk-in consultations, walk-in emergency services for mental health crises, outreach, and referral services to outside agencies or practitioners.
The Counseling Center is accredited by IACS, the International Association of Counseling Services.
In case the university is closed (including early closings and delayed openings) due to inclement weather, the Counseling Center will be closed (or delayed) and appointments scheduled during the time we're closed or delayed will be considered to have been canceled. If this happens, please call to reschedule your appointment for another time.
To schedule an appointment, call 202-319-5765 or come to the Counseling Center, located in 127 O'Boyle Hall.