For currently enrolled students, the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services is the go-to on-campus provider for group, individual and couples counseling, as well as psychiatry, substance abuse services and psychological testing. Here's how to get started:
Step 1: Call the Carruth Center at 304-293-4431. You may also stop by the Carruth Center in the Health and Education Building on Evansdale during normal business hours (weekdays 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.).
Step 2: Attend your initial appointment. All students interested in non-urgent counseling services attend an initial consultation. You will be asked to fill out paperwork and a digital intake form on an iPad. Then you’ll talk with a clinician about your reasons for visiting the Carruth Center. There is no fee for this consultation.
Step 3: Seek follow-up care, if recommended. At the end of your initial consultation, the clinician may recommend that you return for group or individual counseling; you are free to accept this recommendation or not.
Getting to the Carruth Center
The Carruth Center is in the Health and Education Building on Evansdale adjacent to the Student Rec Center. There are two sides of the building; the Carruth Center is on the Student Health Services side, which faces Patteson Drive. Check-in is in Room 227, just off the elevators.
The Health and Education Building is a short walk from the Towers PRT station.
Use one of these options to travel to the Carruth Center by bus:
- The Campus Shuttle, by walking from the Coliseum to the Carruth Center.
- The Mountain Line Blue and Gold Connector, by walking from Towers or Evansdale Crossing to the Carruth Center.
- The Mountain Line Beechurst Express, by walking from Towers to the Carruth Center.
- The Mountain Line Campus PM, by walking from Towers to the Carruth Center.
- Monday through Thursday: 8:15 a.m.-8 p.m.*
- Friday: 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: Closed
*After 5 p.m., services are offered by appointment only.
Summer hours are:
- Weekdays: 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Students interested in counseling services will participate in an initial consultation session during their first visit. If your concerns are not urgent and/or you wish to set up regular services, scheduling an appointment will set aside a time for you and reduce your wait time.
Upon arrival, you will fill out some paperwork on a clipboard and fill out a digital intake form on an iPad.
Next, you will have an opportunity to talk about your reasons for visiting the Carruth Center and will be asked several questions so that the clinician can better understand your needs.
At the end of your initial consultation session, the clinician you met with might recommend you come back for group or individual counseling sessions; you are free to accept this recommendation or not.
Group counseling is often the best way to work on areas of concern, especially when those concerns deal with issues that directly affect your relationship with others. Groups give you contact with peers as well as a therapist in a safe and confidential environment.
All group counseling sessions are led by a clinician and intended to facilitate a supportive and confidential therapeutic environment. Sessions are held weekly and often last for a few weeks for an hour to an hour and a half per session.
Membership in a group is by appointment only. Drop-in groups are offered each semester, but these will also require that you make an appointment with the Carruth Center. Please call or drop by the Carruth Center if you are interested in joining a group.
Individual counseling at the Carruth Center provides students the opportunity to sit down with a counselor one-on-one to discuss their concerns in a private and confidential setting. Short-term individual counseling sessions last about 45 to 50 minutes and may be held once a week, once every other week or less frequently. Many students find that their concerns are resolved in three to four sessions.
Please note that you may be put on a waitlist during periods where there is a high-volume of requests (i.e., midterms and finals). If you are considering seeking out counseling around one of these periods, please visit the Carruth Center for your initial appointment as soon as possible.
Couples counseling is offered only on a very limited basis at the Carruth Center. Both partners must be enrolled WVU students to qualify for services. Students interested in the service should contact the Carruth Center at 304-293-4431 and ask to speak to the case manager or clinical director.
Drop-in counseling is available for students Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours until 5:00 p.m. for students experiencing an emergency. Any currently enrolled WVU student is eligible for drop-in counseling.
Drop-in hours are appropriate for students:
- in crisis with an urgent concern
- feeling as though they need immediate help
- with a concern that may be resolved in only one session
Students arriving after 3 p.m. who are not experiencing a psychological or psychiatric crisis may be asked to schedule an appointment for the following day.
If you’re unsure of what you may need, please use the drop-in hours or call the Carruth Center at 304-293-4431.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis or a psychological emergency, please call the Carruth Center office at 304-293-4431 to speak with an after-hours counselor.
Note: This service is not designed to receive or respond to messages regarding scheduling concerns or prescriptions.
The Carruth Center psychiatry staff offers outpatient evaluation and treatment for problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder.
Students may be referred to psychiatry by a Carruth Center clinician. Others may self-refer by scheduling an initial triage appointment. Students are requested to arrive for their appointments 15-20 minutes early to check in and fill out appropriate paperwork. A $25 service fee is charged for each psychiatry appointment.
Treatment includes medication management and limited psychotherapy with outpatient follow-up. Many students receive medical treatment from the psychiatry staff while also receiving counseling services from psychologists.
Short term counseling is also available for students who are utilizing psychiatry services at the counseling center. The best way to access these services is simply to talk with your psychiatrist. Your psychiatrist can best assess your needs and help you arrange counseling.
The wait for a new evaluation by a psychiatrist at the Carruth Center may exceed six weeks. The wait for an appointment tends to increase as the semester progresses. All students who wish to continue their care or establish psychiatric care with the Carruth Center are encouraged to call early in the semester to set up an appointment.
In the event you wish to see a psychiatrist or other prescribing mental health provider outside the Carruth Center, please call the Carruth Center at 304-293-4431 to request a list of providers in the area.
Student Assistance Program (SAP)
WVU’s Student Assistance Program offers an array of services for students with alcohol or other drug concerns, including individual assessment, individual and group counseling and educational activities. Self-referrals are welcomed.
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We welcome students from diverse cultural backgrounds. The Carruth Center can assist you in your transition to WVU and the U.S.
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Alcohol and Drugs
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National Suicide Prevention LifelineIf you are thinking about suicide, or worried about a loved one or friend, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) provides 24/7, free and confidential support.
Military Veterans Suicide HotlineIf you are a military veteran and struggling with thoughts of suicide, you can also call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to speak with caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are veterans themselves.
Trevor Project HotlineIf you are a part of the LGBTQ+ community and are thinking about suicide, please call the Trevor Lifeline (1-866-488-7386), text START to 678678 or use TrevorChat to speak confidentially with a counselor.
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