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Cadet Counseling

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

Due to COVID-19, the Center for Cadet Counseling (CCC) staff will continue to provide telebehavioral health services for cadets. This form of service usually consists of video conferencing through a personal computer with a webcam. Cadets can engage with counseling staff either through a private space on Post or through one of the telebehavioral health rooms here at the CCC.

Cadets requesting non-urgent assistance may call the office at 540-464-7667 – Monday to Friday during business hours (0800 – 1630) or email cadetcounseling@vmi.edu to schedule an appointment.

Cadets who are experiencing a mental health crisis and are in need of urgent assistance should come directly to the CCC to speak with a counselor during business hours (0800-1630) and directly to the infirmary after business hours to access the on-call counselor.

Telebehavioral health services may not be advised in certain situations.  Your appropriateness for in-person or remote services will be discussed when you speak with a CCC counselor.

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.

 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