Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center provides opportunities for students to learn more about themselves as individuals, form deeper relationships with their peers and grow to benefit our community and society at large. The Cook Counseling Center staff provides these learning opportunities through individual and group counseling, psychiatric care and psychotherapy and educational programming.
Similarly, the staff also provides support to the Virginia Tech community through cooperative programming and consultation. They are guided by the highest professional and ethical standards of their professions and are dedicated to providing quality services to the student population.
Cook Counseling Center supports the academic mission of the university through the enhancement of student learning and retention. Cook Counseling Center is committed to the development of the mental healthcare profession while providing training opportunities to graduate students, predoctoral interns and postdoctoral Fellows.
The Cook Counseling Center staff is guided in its professional activities by the ethics of their professions and by the Virginia Tech Principles of Community. Cook Counseling Center is committed to delivering professional services that respect and value our humanity, including differences and similarities of age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, genetic information, or veteran status.
Prejudice and discrimination are inimical to the practice of counseling, where the value of each human being is prized. Cook Counseling Center’s professional guidelines call upon its staff to recognize prejudice and discrimination in all of its forms, to become aware of their effects on individuals and the community and to overcome the limitations and restrictions they place on each of us through learning, support and teaching.
In promotion of a just and caring university, the Cook Counseling Center staff will seek to promote social justice in all of its activities, including counseling, supervision, education, training, outreach and hiring practices.