Counseling Services

The Office of Counseling Services is dedicated to continue supporting and providing services for students dealing with emotional and mental health concerns.  The health and safety of our community is a priority as we adapt to the COVID-19 threat.  Therefore, Counseling Services will provide teletherapy, virtual outreach activities and programs, and online psychoeducational groups, as well as collaborate with The Office of Wellbeing and Salem’s student organizations to ensure that students are supported as we adjust to the “new normal.” 

Counseling Services (Virtual)

We are here for you! Our services have moved to online while our campus facilities are closed to help slow the spread of COVID19.

*Appointments are only online and by phone at this time. You can request an appointment by emailing Please include your phone number and the day/time that works best for you. One of our staff will respond to confirm the appointment time.

**Virtual Programming and Groups: TBA (email us topics and ideas)

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday:8:30am-4:30pm

After Hour Resources

Mental Health Hotlines – local and national

  • Crisis Text Line – free, 24/7, confidential text message service for those in crisis – text HOME to 741741
  • Family Services-Winston Salem- crisis support 24/7 call 336-723-8125
  • Family Services Sexual Assault 24hr Crisis Line, Winston Salem – 336-722-4457
  • Old Vineyard Behavioral Health 24hr Psychiatric Acute Care Services 336-794-3350
  • DayMark Mobile Crisis 24hr- 1-866-275-9552
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
  • Transgender Crisis Hotline: (877) 656-8860
  • LGBTQ+ Hotline: (866) 488-7386
  • Graduate Student Help Line (800) 472-3457

*Please refer to Salem READY, Salem STRONG for additional information/resources.

Students Will Learn

  • to identify individual goals toward positive change through counseling and education.
  • identify and utilize support resources and crisis services through counseling and education.
  • demonstrate self-advocacy with an understanding of their rights and responsibilities through counseling and education.

Why Counseling?

The life of a woman in college can be very exciting, rewarding, challenging, fulfilling and stressful. If you find yourself struggling at any point with some issue or circumstance in your life, or if you simply want suggestions on how to balance your life and take better care of yourself, please contact Salem College’s Counseling Services office.

We provide high-quality counseling and support for a variety of emotional and personal concerns using on-campus support, individual and group counseling, workshops and educational programs. Our professional counselors demonstrate good judgment and sensitivity in their assessment of your needs and concerns, and will make referrals to other professionals as appropriate. The Counseling Center is a safe, compassionate and confidential environment.

What Can You Expect?

When you meet with a trained counselor in our center, either one-on-one or in a group setting, here is what you can expect from the experience:

  • You will do most of the talking.
  • Sometimes you may experience painful feelings before feeling better. This does not mean that counseling is not effective, but rather that you are making progress.
  • You will need to participate actively and be as open and honest as possible.
  • Counselors will help you make decisions for yourself, not for you.
  • Tell your counselor if you don’t feel like you are making progress.
  • You may ask for another referral or discontinue counseling at any time.

Location & Hours

The Salem College Counseling Services office is located in Gramley Hall (Lower Level). During the academic year, the hours are 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. & 1-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and otherwise by appointment.

Additional Resources

  • Online Information. There is a wealth of information available to you on mySalem, the intranet site. Simply click on “Documents and Forms” under “Services” and then on “Counseling Services Reference.”
  • Workshops are offered to Salem students throughout the year. Some of these are offered as information sessions in the Refectory during lunch; others are scheduled for about an hour on announced days/evenings. Evening workshops tend to fit particularly well into student schedules. Topics may cover stress management, grief/loss issues, alcohol/drug education, clinical depression, eating and body concerns, date rape, dream interpretations, PMS and/or relationship issues.