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University Updates on Coronavirus

Counseling Services

The Winston-Salem State University Counseling Center offers a range of counseling and mental health services to the University campus. If you are a student, you may be interested in individual, group or couples counseling. Confidentiality concerning Counseling Center services is guaranteed, except in rare circumstances.

For faculty, staff, parents and friends who are concerned about an individual student or an issue affecting mental health on campus, the Counseling Center is always available for consultation. In addition, training and outreach, are provided to enhance the health of the campus community. The Counseling Center also has a wealth of self-help information available, in the form of brochures, books, and other resources.

Students pursuing a college education away from home and in a new environment can experience new pressures which may interfere with living and learning.  Counseling Services at Winston-Salem State University is staffed with counselor’s who are licensed and available for individual and group session.  We offer students a confidential and secure environment in which to discuss issues they encounter.  Our staff are here to facilitate and help students identify stresses, explore emotional maturity, esteem and behaviors.

Hours of Operation and Our Location

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Monday – Friday
Occasional evening appointments available
H. Ray Health Center – Ground Floor

Alternative Phone Number
(During University Shut-down)

After Hours Number (HealthLink)

Life Threatening Emergency:
Call Campus Police - 336-750-2911

Making an Appointment
You may schedule an appointment by calling 336-750-3270 or in person in the Counseling Center. 

All counseling services are confidential to the limits provided by law, and no information can be released to anyone within or outside of the University without a client’s written consent.

Counseling is free to Winston-Salem State University students.



The Counseling Center staff is available for consults on any psychological matter. Any staff or faculty member may call for an appointment or visit our facility in the A.H. Ray building. We can be reached at 336-750-3270.

Students often experience stress during their academic careers. While most students cope successfully, many find that the various challenges are difficult to manage. The staff at Counseling Center provides psychological support to all currently enrolled students. Our goal is to help students grow and realize their academic and life goals. As faculty, staff and fellow students, you may encounter a student in distress. Often they have not sought any psychological support or intervention. Your role is crucial in identifying and referring students who are in distress.



We conduct traditional psychotherapy session, but we also work on stress management, mindfulness, emotional expression, relationship issues and depression, among other things.  Students may seek counseling because they experience some type of discomfort or dissatisfaction in their personal lived as a means of support for whatever they may be going through.


Counseling related services are available to all Winston-Salem State University students enrolled full-time at no cost.

Our Services

  • Care Counseling
  • Couple and Family Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling


Choosing a Counselor

Choosing a counselor who is the “right fit” is the first step to successful therapy.  Our counselors each have a different approach and way of being with our students.  Read the staff profiles to learn more about our individual styles.

Question you should ask:

  • What is your philosophy or orientation of therapy?
  • What do you think of diagnosis?
  • How do you think change happens?
  • How important do you consider collaboration and participation?
  • How many session do you average per student?
  • Do you keep outcome data? Tell me about it?
Terri Tilford
Dr. Terri Tilford
University Wellness Center
Assistant Director, Counseling
University Wellness Center
University Wellness Center