Averett Counseling Services

How to Schedule an Appointment:

Email to request an appointment

Personal Counseling Services

The Counseling Center is a learning and resource center that provides personal counseling to individuals and groups, consultation services and educational programming. The services of the center promote personal and social growth and development. The staff of the Averett University Counseling Center is committed to providing services to help students achieve their personal and academic goals. Counseling services are offered to individuals or groups in a confidential manner, enabling students to find resources, solve problems and make behavior changes as needed. Students are treated with respect, and issues are addressed in a timely manner. Exceptional student service and preparing students for an emotionally healthy and successful life is the mission of the Averett University Counseling Center.

Psychiatric Services:

Referrals are made as needed

Educational Programs

Health awareness and recovery programs are available based on students’ needs and interests.

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 Services Staff

Dr. Jenny Wagstaff, PhD
Director of Counseling
Student Center, Room 412
(434) 791-5624

Dr. Jenny Wagstaff, Director of Counseling Services earned her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Radford University, Radford, VA and her Ph.D, in Counselor Education and Clinical Supervision from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. She has worked in higher education for over twenty years where she has served in both student affairs and faculty positions. For the past six years, she served as an Assistant Professor in Counselor Education and taught courses in the areas of group counseling, family counseling, crisis, substance abuse, lifespan development, multicultural counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy for graduate students pursuing their degree in clinical mental health counseling. Prior to teaching, she worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Hokie Wellness Center at Virginia Tech for seven years and as the Assistant Director for Student Support Services for the International Student Center at Virginia Tech for two years. She has published research in the area of Brief Motivational Interventions to address high risk drinking on the college campus and authored research around the readiness of student affairs professionals to provide helping skills. While she enjoys teaching, she is most passionate about providing counseling services to students. It is her goal to work with students in a manner that leads to the development of self-awareness, self-reliance and self-confidence. Her counseling style is highly supportive while being goal orientated and solution focused. To maintain a work/life balance, Dr Wagstaff enjoys spending time being creative in the kitchen, gardening and walking around her farm with her husband and dogs.

Jessie Henderson, M.A., N.C.C
Resident in Counseling
Student Center, Room 414
(434) 791-6896

Jessie graduated from Averett University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After Averett, she moved to Tennessee and pursued a graduate degree from East Tennessee State University. In 2016, she graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling with a concentration in College Counseling/Student Affairs.