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Drop-in Consultations

A Drop-in Consultation is an outreach program that provides easy access to informal, confidential, and free consultations with clinicians (counselors) from the University Counseling Center (UCC).

The UCC has created the below-mentioned identity specific Drop-In Consultations in response to current events and student feedback. We hope that our identity-based Drop-In Consultations provide opportunities for our students to receive brief support around these concerns in a more overtly affirming space.

Fall 2021 Virtual Drop-in Consultation Hours

When scheduling a Drop-In Consultation, please refer to the hours & provider info below to choose a time slot that best aligns with your identities and needs.

All Identities9 AM - 10 AM10 AM - 11 AM10 AM - 11 AM11 AM - 12 PM8 AM - 9 AM
12 PM - 1 PM12 PM - 1 PM1 PM - 3 PM10 AM - 11 AM
11 AM - 12 PM
Student-Athletes11 AM - 12 PM1 PM - 2 PM3 PM - 4 PM
Graduate & Professional Students12 PM - 1 PM2 PM - 3 PM
Black Students2 PM - 3 PM11 AM - 12 PM2 PM - 3 PM1 PM - 2 PM
LGBTQIA+ Students3 PM - 4 PM2 PM - 3 PM2 PM - 3 PM
Students Navigating Grief & Loss3 PM - 4 PM8 AM - 9 AM3 PM - 4 PM
International Students12 PM - 1 PM12 PM - 1 PM8 AM - 9 AM
AAPI Students1 PM - 2 PM
Disabled and/or Neurodiverse Students10 AM - 11 AM
Ask a Medical ProviderComing Soon

This list indicates which UCC providers offer drop-in spaces for each identity. You're encouraged to choose a provider that best aligns with your identities and needs.

All Identities: Melissa Porter, Amira Mohamad, Tamaki Silver, Viviana Grice, Ruth Howard, Stephanie Singer, Neva Murray, Heather Boyd

Student-Athletes: Sydnee Collins, Tim White, Jillian Balser

Graduate & Professional Students: Melissa Porter, Tamaki Silver, Ciera Scott

Black Students: Vanessa Bell, Ciera Scott, Courtney Williams

LGBTQIA+ Students: Kyle Shadrick, Ciera Scott

Students Navigating Grief & Loss: Ash Weber

International Students: Viviana Grice

AAPI Students: Cayla Leung

Disabled and/or Neurodiverse Students: Frances Niarhos

Ask a Medical Provider:  Elise Scott, Mati Massaro, Zsanett Williams


How to Connect with Drop-In Consultation & What to Expect

Appointments can be scheduled through the SCN Student Portal  one day in advance, up to 30 minutes prior to the appointment time. Select “Telehealth Drop-In Consultation” from the appointment type list. Please refer to the schedule above to choose a time slot that aligns with your needs.

The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

Who should use a drop-in Consultation?

The service is open to all enrolled Vanderbilt University undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

A Drop-in Consultation is a good fit for students who:

  • Are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor
  • Are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
  • Have a specific problem and would like to talk it through with a counselor
  • Have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do

“Ask a Med Provider” is a good fit for students:

  • With general questions about the use of medication for psychological concerns
  • Who would like to learn more about the UCC medical evaluation process
  • Students will have the opportunity to meet with a medication provider for education, though they will not be prescribed treatment during this drop-in.

*Students who are already connected with a UCC medical provider and/or have specific questions about their own pre-existing psychiatric medication regimen are encouraged to reach out directly to their UCC medical provider for support as needed.

I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling, but I don’t know anything about counseling. Would going to a drop-in consultation help me figure out what to do?

Absolutely. The counselor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help.

Are drop-in consultations confidential? Are there any limits to confidentiality?

Conversations with counselors are confidential. However, the primary exception is that counselors may need to share information in a situation in which safety for you or others is a concern. Counselors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students only in the event that there is an emergency, or when a student is referred to the UCC for treatment. In these situations, other UCC clinicians may see these notes. Information is also collected about attendance, so that we can keep track of the students we are serving and those we need to continue serving. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a counselor and review the information given to you during your Drop-in Consultation.

What else do I need to know?

Drop-in Consultations are not a substitute for psychotherapy/ counseling and do not constitute mental health treatment. Counselors provide informal consultations to help students with specific problems and to introduce them to what it is like to speak with a counselor. Your Drop-in counselor can help you determine whether ongoing  therapy at the UCC would be useful to you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment. To note, students who are experiencing an immediate mental health emergency are encouraged to attend UCC Urgent Care, instead of Drop-In Consultation. Students may connect with UCC Urgent Care by calling the UCC at 615-322-2571.