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Cadet Counseling

 While VMI is in state of suspended on-Post academic instruction; counselors are working remotely.

  • Due to COVID-19, the Center for Cadet Counseling staff are working remotely and continue to provide telebehavioral health services for existing cadets who are clients of the CCC. This form of service usually consists of video conferencing through a personal computer with a webcam. Telebehavioral health is currently being offered as an option while VMI is in a state of suspended on-Post academic instruction.
  • For those cadets who are seeking assistance and are new to our center, we are offering phone and/or telebehavioral health consultations.  Consultations would include a brief assessment of your needs / why you are seeking assistance, a review of how you are coping with your current situation, and an exploration of resources you may access or need.
  • Cadets requesting non-urgent assistance may call the office at 540-464-7667 – Monday to Friday during business hours (0800 – 1630) and will be able to leave a voice mail. Calls will be returned by a staff member within 24-hours.
  • If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call:
    • In a life-threatening emergency: Dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency department

 Crisis Hotlines

24-hour support for anyone who needs to talk to someone

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: 741-741
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • LGBTQ+ Hotline: (866) 488-7386
  • Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) (800) 656-4673 or live chat:
    https://www.rainn.org/
  • Cadets may continue to send emails to their counselor and counselors will respond within 24 hours. Email communication is not for crisis or emergency situations.

Helpful Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Manage Anxiety and Stress

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Taking care of your Emotional Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness


The Center for Cadet Counseling offers free, confidential, individual counseling to help cadets address personal and interpersonal concerns or stressors.

Our approach is collaborative, developmental, and strengths-based which means that we know cadets possess a variety of strengths, resources, and abilities when they arrive for assistance.  Our goal is to help cadets capitalize on these strengths by developing new skills and insight to better navigate concerns in the future.

If you are unsure whether or not the Counseling Center services are the best fit for your needs, our staff would be happy to consult with you to discuss your individual situation.

The CCC is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services and adheres to the highest standards of ethical conduct as outlined by the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the internal governing policies of VMI.