NCSSM Counseling Services

Welcome Everyone

NCSSM Counseling Services is committed to creating an environment that celebrates the unique stories and voices of each member of our community, recognizing all dimensions of identity (e.g., ethnicity, culture, race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs and socioeconomic background). Our approach to mental health and wellness integrates physical, emotional, academic, spiritual, social, and cultural well-being. We support students’ adjustment to the NCSSM community, individual personal growth, academic endeavors, and transition to college or other life pursuits.

NCSSM Counseling Services is also committed to being brave, bold, and intentional in our efforts to impact real and sustainable change. We will combat the acts of violence, hate, prejudice and discrimination against Black and Brown people and other marginalized groups. We are and will continue to be active participants in the change that must occur.

Contact us at:

Royall Center, 2nd Floor

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

919.416.2835 (phone)

919.416.1756 (fax)

Urgent Needs After Hours: See the Community Coordinator on duty at the Bryan desk or call 919.416.2825.

Website Copy of Counseling Junior/Senior Orientation 2021.pptx

Welcome to Counseling Services!

Personal Counselors - If a counselor or student believes that a student needs additional mental health support, the counselor and the student can discuss the possibility of additional support. If they agree that additional support would be beneficial, the student’s counselor can refer them to a NCSSM Personal Counselor. Personal Counselors provide support for chronic and more acute mental health needs. They also assist in coordinating referrals to outside mental health services. CAP Counselors can also make these referrals.

CAP (College, Academic, & Personal) Counselors - All NCSSM students are assigned to a CAP Counselor before they begin their junior year. Families and students can locate the name of their assigned counselor in Blackbaud. Counselors host introductory, small group meetings with their students at the beginning of every academic school year to introduce themselves and Counseling Services. CAP Counselors provide college and career planning, academic counseling, and personal counseling through individual, small and large group sessions.

Meet the Staff of Counseling Services

Lori Newnam


Royall 208

Pam Oxendine

Program Assistant

Royall 216

Gina Burger

Personal Counselor

Royall 213

Carissa Trotta

Personal Counselor

Accessibility Coordinator

Royall 211

Justine Davey

CAP Counselor

Royall 215

Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: Lin - Rupp

Seniors: Lentz - Schudel

Scott Schwartz

CAP Counselor

Royall 209

Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: Abdelbarr - Everly

Seniors: Abdulsalam - Elley

Janice Webster

CAP Counselor

Royall 214

Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: Salvador - Zou

Seniors: Sellers - Zhu

Lamia Younes

CAP Counselor

Royall 212

Appointment Calendar for the following students only:

Juniors: Fakayode - Licardo

Seniors: Elliott - Lemnios

Savannah Purdy

Counseling Intern - UNC-CH

Appointment Calendar

Damon Toone

Counseling Intern - NCCU

Appointment Calendar

Counseling Services' Framework for 2021-2022

The NCSSM counseling team is devoted to supporting students. Counselors provide college, academic, and personal counseling, as well as accessibility services. Counseling Services also provides students and families with a variety of resources, tools, and applications through email correspondences and via the counseling services website to support the needs of our NCSSM community.

Delivery of Counseling Services to Students

All individual and group sessions will be held in-person unless the counselor and/or student make arrangements to meet virtually.

Student Appointments

Appointments can be scheduled via counselors’ individual Google calendars. Students will receive an email at the beginning of the academic year with a link to their assigned CAP (college, academic, personal ) counselor’s calendar. Please be sure to only use the calendar link for your assigned counselor's appointment calendar. Students who are seeing a personal counselor will receive further information about scheduling via email.

Mental Health Appointments

Counselors are available to assist students in the coordination of tele-therapy appointments or transportation to a local mental health provider. If students choose to meet with their therapists virtually, they may do so in their residence hall rooms or they can work with their counselor to identify a confidential space on campus.

College and Career Planning

Counseling Services is in communication with colleges and universities to schedule vIrtual visits for online and residential students. Counseling will host sessions Monday through Thursday afternoons after classes so that students and families can learn more about colleges of interest and colleges not previously considered. Visits will be posted on the counseling calendar in August and updates will be made to the calendar on a regular basis.

Counseling Services will continue to share important information with colleges and universities, including the impact of COVID-19 on our community, as well as the school’s academic and residential support response. Students and families should check their NCSSM email, counseling website, counseling Instagram page, and upcoming counseling newsletters for important counseling updates, including college information and reminders.

Peer Counseling Coordinators

PCCs help orient students to the services provided by counselors, assist students with information related to the college process, scholarships, financial aid, and enrichment opportunities, and coordinate initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion and mental health.

  • College Process - PCCs who are focused on college planning, college representative visits, scholarships, financial aid, and enrichment opportunities in order to provide this information to the student body.

  • Cultural Connections - PCCs who work to disseminate cultural information to the NCSSM community, serving as a liaison between the counseling office and 3CDC. They also serve as a liaison with campus groups that focus on appreciation for all cultures and create opportunities for cultural conversations to occur in an impactful and productive manner.

  • Mental Health and Wellness - PCCs who focus on mental health initiatives. They collaborate with the NCSSM Mental Health Committee and Counseling Services in an effort to promote well being, reduce stigma and share resources related to mental health, self-care, and awareness

Calendar of Events