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Counseling Services

Counseling services are available to help current students resolve personal, family, and school-related issues. Our full-time, on-staff counselor is dedicated to providing the best confidential, professional assistance to help you solve problems, promote your emotional well-being, and support your successful academic achievement. These services include unlimited counseling sessions at no cost to you while you are an active student at the College.

When should I use counseling services?

Whenever a problem or issue is negatively affecting you – whether it’s at home or at college or a combination of both – help is available from the College. Counseling services provide help with a broad range of life issues including, but not limited to:

  • Stress
  • Mental health concerns including depression & anxiety
  • Relationship or family difficulties
  • Parenting issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance use concerns
  • Financial concerns
  • Difficulty adjusting to change
  • Intimate partner violence

These services are for students only. If your presenting issue is related to a relational problem, the counselor may ask to have your spouse/significant other attend one or more sessions with you.

Who is the counselor?

Jean B. Crawford, Ed. D. comes from the field of Counseling Psychology. Her studies took her to Spain, Colorado, and California. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been practicing since 1982 in the Tidewater area. She has taught for several years at Old Dominion University and continues to be part of the Adjunct Faculty. Over the years, Jean’s clinical expertise has included stress-related issues, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety and depression, women's issues, and intimate partner violence. She is certified in Distance Counseling. Her style is open and caring and has a solution-focus basis. Dr. Crawford is a proponent of wellness and loves yoga, swimming, dance, and music of all styles. Her office is located at SCOHS in room 110.

How do I get an appointment?

Appointments can be made by calling Dr. Crawford directly at 757.388.2926. You may also email her at or send her a message through Google Chat, or send a text to her cell phone.

Is this service confidential?

Absolutely yes! Any discussion you have with the counselor is protected and confidential. No information about you or what you have discussed will be released to anyone without your written consent, except in as required by state or federal law.