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Student Health Services

Counseling & Psychiatry

Our Counseling and Psychiatry Department provides essential therapy and emotional wellness services for students at the University of South Carolina. Learn more.

Make an Appointment

If you need to make an appointment with a counselor or a psychiatrist, call our office at 803-777-5223 or make your appointment online via MyHealthSpace.  Virtual and in-person services are available.


Teletherapy and Telepsychiatry  

Counseling & Psychiatry staff are all licensed, board certified and/or appropriately supervised mental health professionals in the State of South Carolina. For that reason, our services are legally limited to students residing here in South Carolina. Nonetheless, if you and your family have chosen to remain in another state, we will work with you to find appropriate support in your community. 

If you need our help you can reach us by phone at 803-777-5223 or online via MyHealthSpace


Emergencies & After-Hours Crisis 

Please call Counseling & Psychiatry at 833-664-2854 after hours to speak with a counselor about urgent concerns. UofSC faculty and staff can also call at any time if they have concerns about a student. All Counseling & Psychiatry appointments can be canceled on MyHealthSpace. Get medication refills on My RX Space. Someone will follow up with you on the next business day if necessary.

If you or someone you know is considering harming themselves or someone else, please call 911 immediately. 

Walk-in and Same Day Services

For urgent counseling concerns, students can use our walk-in and same day, single session appointments. Walk-in appointments are available each afternoon until 4 p.m. Same day, single session appointments become available each day at 8 a.m. and are web-bookable on MyHealthSpace.  


Our Services

Make an appointment by calling 803-777-5223. 


Work one-on-one with a trained and licensed mental health provider to work toward growth and self improvement in a safe and confidential environment.


Available for all intimate relationships regardless of sexual orientation or identity to help couples strengthen their relationships, address a specific concern or get pre-marital counseling. One partner must be an enrolled UofSC student eligible for counseling services.

Group Counseling 

Find encouragement, understanding and support from others facing similar issues. Students meet in groups of six to ten with one or two trained therapists.

Community Support After a Trauma

When the Carolina campus community experiences the death of a student, staff or faculty member or other traumatic event, we organize community support meetings. These support meetings are a chance for those affected to gather together and support one another. 

Online Counseling

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is a seven-week to nine-week program split into daily homework, weekly exercises of 30 – 40 minutes and a weekly 10 – 15 minute video consultation with a counselor.

Call us at 803-777-5223.

Not sure if online counseling is for you?
See a sample TAO session or take the Online Depression and Stress Screening to get feedback from a campus counselor.

Relaxation and Biofeedback

EmWave Biofeedback teaches deep relaxation skills to help you see how your heart rate responds to relaxation strategies. Biofeedback is a useful way to manage anxiety, stress or sleep problems.

C.A.L.M. Oasis Space 

Come to the C.A.L.M. Oasis for mindfulness and meditation, either through open practice or to participate in open learning coordinated by a trained facilitator. All are welcome.

Stress Management

Many students face above average stress at one time or another during their time on campus. We can help you identify your stressors and find techniques that work for you to decrease stress.

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), Interactive Screening Program and Kognito

We offer online resources for students to get help for common concerns 24/7, take a free, anonymous mental health screening and learn how to recognize signs of psychological distress to help a friend in need.

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ThrivingCampus is a community-based referral program for students at the UofSC-Columbia campus to use when seeking a local provider for counseling or psychiatry services.  Students are able to identify providers in the local area, view specific information on a provider’s practice and contact them for a potential appointment.  

Refer Someone to Counseling

If you're concerned about a UofSC student, call us at 803-777-5223. We can help you determine what to do and how to help the student.


We provide consultations for all members of the UofSC community (including faculty, staff, students, family members and friends) who need help talking to or assisting a struggling student. 


Warning Signs

Express concern, listen, avoid criticizing and recommend a student to counseling if you notice a change in behavior that indicates distress or emotional trouble:

  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and society
  • Decrease in quality of schoolwork
  • Infrequent class attendance
  • Significant changes in personal hygiene
  • Excessive weight gain or weight loss
  • Comments that suggest thoughts about hopelessness or self-harm


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