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Personal Counseling Services

The staff of Counseling and Academic Support Services appreciates the many pressures that college and everyday life can involve, and we understand that these pressures often impact a person's emotional well-being.  Often times, many of us may not even realize the effects of these stressors until it is too late.  For this reason, it is very important that you make the decision to seek help and allow the members of the counseling center to assist you with overcoming the challenges you face.  Our services include confidential individual and/or couples counseling, and workshops for students with personal, social, academic or career related issues.

Counseling Service Areas
We offer counseling to students in various areas, however, if a topic has not been identified, please feel free to call our office (304) 766-3224 to arrange a consultation.

Psychological Illnesses:

  • Depression                 
  • Bipolar Disorder                      
  • Anxiety  
  • Eating Disorders  
  • Panic                           
  • Phobias                                   
  • Seasonal Disorder           
  • Personality Disorders             
  • Obsessive-Compulsive

 Addictions:

  • Food     
  • Drugs   
  • Alcohol
  • Gambling
  • Smoking Cessation

 Situational Factors:

  • Bereavement
  • Pregnancy 
  • Single Parenting
  • Hate Crimes
  • HIV/AIDS                  
  • Natural Disasters
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Date Rape               
  • Domestic Violence

 Additional Areas:

  • Assertiveness             
  • Self-Esteem            
  • Anger Management
  • Test Anxiety            
  • Studying Tips  
  • Effective Communication
  • Tough Love 
  • Sexual Identity
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Relationships  
  • Healthy Boundaries  
  • Stress Management
  • Job Stress
  • Decision Making 
  • Time Management

 *We have a referral system in place for students requiring a psychiatric consult.

Confidentiality
Any information gathered during counseling will remain confidential and will not be available to sources outside of Counseling and Academic Support Services without your full written consent, except when doing so is necessary to protect clients or someone else from imminent physical and/or life-threatening harm; when a client lacks the capacity or refuses to care for him/herself and such lack of self-care presents substantial threat to his or her well-being; or when the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a child, elder adult or dependent adult is suspected.

Documentation of all interactions between you and your counselor are securely maintained in the counseling center and remain separate from your student academic records.  WVSU administrators and faculty do not have access to counseling files and these documents are destroyed within 5 years after your last session.  The counseling center is committed to protecting your privacy. 

Counseling Process
Upon initial contact, the counselor will complete an Intake/Psychosocial History in order to fully assess the depth and severity of your issue(s).  At this time, you will be asked to discuss your needs and goals to assist with developing a personalized plan that meets both you and your counselor's expectations.  Students are expected to take an active role in the counseling process in order to receive full benefit.  This requires that you attend all scheduled sessions, canceling for emergencies only, as well as actively working on issues outlined in your treatment program.

Appointments
We recommend that you make an appointment with a Counseling and Academic Support Services staff member to ensure that a counseling professional will be available to discuss your concerns.  You may call (304) 766-3168 or stop by in person at the information desk located on the first floor of Sullivan Hall, East.

Fees
We offer counseling services at no charge to West Virginia State University students.

Referrals
Occasionally a student may be struggling with issues/circumstances that warrant more extensive attention and/or training than we at the counseling center are able to offer.  In these cases, we will gladly make a referral to a qualified professional to assist you.  For medications not available at the Student Health Center, we are prepared to recommend several options available in the community.

Educational Workshops
As a part of our continued efforts to reach all of the student body, we offer several educational workshops to those living in the residence halls, members of student organizations, as well as an integral part of class lectures.  A partial list of topic areas are as follows:

  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Hate Crimes
  • Date Rape
  • Depression 
  • Anger Management
  • Coping Skills 
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Relationships
  • Communication Patterns
  • Emotions
  • Assertiveness Training

Please contact our office for a tentative semester schedule of planned workshops or to request a presentation for your group/class at (3040) 766-3224 or taborro@wvstateu.edu

Counseling Staff

Kellie Toledo, Director and Mental Health Counselor, is a native of Charleston and a graduate of Marshall University.  She received her Bachelor's of Arts in Counseling and Rehabilitation in 1991, and her Master's of Arts in Counseling and Rehabilitation with emphasis in Mental Health and Student Affairs in 1993.  She began working at "State" in 1993 serving as both the Disabilities Counselor and Youth Specialist for Land Grant Programs before becoming Director for CSC.  Kellie can be reached at (304)766-3168 or toledoke@wvstateu.edu

Robin L. Tabor, our Mental Health Counselor, is a native of Elkview and an alumnus of West Virginia State College.  She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in psychology in 1996.  She completed her graduate studies at Marshall University's Huntington Campus and received her Master's of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 1998. Robin Tabor can be reached at (304) 766-3224, taborro@wvstateu.edu or in her office at 129 Sullivan Hall, East.

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