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Karen Kirkpatrick
Office Manager

Ph: (540) 464-7667
Fax: (540) 464-7025
Email Cadet Counseling

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Center for Cadet Counseling (CCC)
Virginia Military Institute
VMI Health Center
448 Institute Hill, 2nd Floor
Lexington, VA  24450

Individual Counseling Services

The Center for Cadet Counseling (CCC) is available to help address personal and interpersonal concerns or stressors our cadet’s lives. We offer a safe place to explore thoughts or concerns and receive feedback that is individually tailored and constructive. Each session is scheduled to last one hour. Cadets meet one-on-one with a counselor to establish rapport. This service helps develop effective coping strategies.

Due to the size of our staff and the high demand for services, we operate according to a short-term treatment model under which the cadet and the counselor collaboratively identify and address the cadet’s primary concerns within a limited number of sessions. Counselors remain cognizant of and periodically discuss with clients the time-limited nature of services and, in collaboration with their clients, adjust treatment plans and therapeutic goals accordingly.

If you are considering counseling, here are a few things that might help:

Counseling could help if you:

  • Feel unhappy or hopeless most days
  • Worry excessively or feel on edge
  • Have difficulty concentrating on schoolwork or other extracurricular activities
  • Experience changes in your appetite (weight gain or loss of appetite)
  • Have difficulty sleeping or falling asleep
  • Experience a loss of a loved one or traumatic breakup
  • Notice an increase in your alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use
  • Feel overwhelmed frequently and find the demands at VMI to be unbearable
  • You have thoughts of harming yourself or others