Counseling Services

The Counseling Center is a learning and resource center that provides personal counseling to individuals and groups, consultative services and educational programming. The services of the center promote positive growth and development in personal, social, and academic areas.

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Confidentiality Statement

Counseling records are kept confidential, separate from other student records. No record or information is released to a third party without students’ permission, except in a life-threatening situation, when court ordered or mandated by law.

Personal Counseling:

  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Relationships, including roommate, marital & family
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Eating Disorders

Psychiatric Services:

  • Referrals are made to local psychiatric providers as needed


  • Special Needs Groups

Educational Programs

  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Anger Management
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Other Programs scheduled as needed

Counseling Center Staff

Joan Kahwajy-Anderson, M.Ed., L.P.C.
Director of Counseling
Student Center

Joan has served as the Averett University counselor since August 1997. Prior to coming to Averett she served as a Clinical Director at Health Options, P.C. She also has twelve years of health care management experience.