The Universities at Shady Grove’s (USG) operations are currently modified to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, given the continued challenges with COVID-19. At this time, most services and courses are being provided remotely or online. Access to campus buildings is limited to approved students, faculty, staff and visitors only. Please visit the USG Onward web page for additional details.

The following is an update on the status of the services provided by the Center for Counseling and Consultation (CCC):
  • Individual and couples counseling sessions:
    • CCC is accepting new clients.  If you are interested in making an Intake (initial session) appointment, please call the Front Desk at 301-738-6273 and leave a message or request an appointment online.  The Receptionst will get back in contact as quickly as possible to schedule your appointment.  Intake sessions must be conducted through videoconference (Zoom).  We cannot conduct an Intake over the phone.  If you cannot engage in the Intake through Zoom, we will provide you with referrals in the community, if you wish.
    • While Intake sessions must be conducted through Zoom, for ongoing sessions you will have your preference of video or phone format.
    • Hours for virtual appointments will be limited to Monday, 1pm-7pm, Tuesday-Friday, 9am-7pm. If you are unable to schedule a session with your counselor during these hours, let us know, and we'll attempt to find a workable day/time.
    • Starting April 6, 2021, the Center will be providing on-campus spaces for students who need privacy to conduct their remote counseling sessions.  In order to use these spaces, several conditions must be met to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.  These steps include:
      • Have a recent COVID test that adheres to your home institution's guidelines for COVID testing
      • Adhere to any addtional testing required by your home institution
      • Be symptom free for 14 days prior to arrival on campus
      • Sign the CCC USG Counseling Space Informed Consent Form
      • Sign the USG Community Responsibility Pledge
      • On the morning of your reservation, you will receive an email asking you to submit the date of your most recent test and to complete a symptom screening.  Be prepared to provide this information, or you will not be permitted to enter the counseling space.
    • CCC staff will not be available for emergency or walk-in services.  Please check our "Need Help Now" page (see link below) page for alternative resources.
  • Workshops:
    • Need to manage stress in these difficult times? The CCC's Mindfulness Skills for Successful Living workshop series begins another round on Zoom starting Wednesday, June 2nd. Facilitated by Jessica Branch, LCPC, the four-session series of workshops, every Wednesday from 12pm to 1pm, are open to all. Please sign up and join us each week.
  • Other online resources:


The Center for Counseling and Consultation (CCC) provides comprehensive counseling, psychological, and consultative services to the students, faculty, and staff of the Universities at Shady Grove campus.  All services are free and confidential. The Center offers a wide range of programs, including:


Everyone struggles at times, and our hope is that when you see someone in need of assistance, you will reach out to help them get back on track.  For those in need, the CCC provides a safe place where they can talk about their concerns and begin to work through them. When you or someone you know would benefit from talking with a friendly and comforting ear, consider the CCC.