Counseling Appointments

P | 434-381-6140

Counseling appointments cannot be scheduled by email.

Deborah Mays is the point person for immediate health concerns, securing health records, addressing inquiries regarding access to health care, general questions and more. She can be reached at 434-381-6140. Deborah will be relocating to the lower level of the chapel, but is currently in the Harley Building.

Counseling Services

Counseling services are available on campus in the Harley Building, but will be moving to the lower level of the chapel in the next few weeks. For appointments, please call 434-381-6140 or 434-381-6141.

Counselor Pamela Caldwell is available to assist and support all students with academic or social stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. We also have a consulting psychiatrist available for appointments. Counseling services include individual sessions, group counseling, crisis intervention, psychological testing and/or referrals for specialized needs. Students requiring longer-term counseling may be referred to a local therapist.

Counseling is free and confidential.

Health Services

Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, Sweet Briar College has an agreement with Centra Health, a nonprofit regional healthcare system, for medical care. This relationship allows Sweet Briar students to have access to more medical services, more hours of service and more medically trained professionals at a brand-new facility nearby.

Centra Health is the largest health care facility in the region and has recently opened a new, 17,500-square-foot ambulatory care center (CMG-Amherst) less than a mile from campus, located in the Ambriar Plaza. The state-of-the-art facility provides services that include, but are not limited to: primary care, x-ray and laboratory services and physical therapy. The Amherst medical team includes three physicians and three nurse practitioners with a vast network of specialists for referral.

Appointments are required for routine medical care such as physicals and wellness visits. Same-day appointments are available for those who are sick. If you choose to use CMG-Amherst, Centra gives Sweet Briar students priority. CMG-Amherst is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

For more information, visit the CMG-Amherst website or call 434-946-9565.

For athletes, a Centra medical doctor will be on site to address sports-related injuries and concerns.

Sweet Briar will provide free transportation to CMG-Amherst. Students can contact Deborah Mays at 434-381-6140. In case of an emergency, please contact campus safety at 434-381-6111.

Centra accepts many forms of medical insurance, including nearly all major insurance providers. If you do not have health insurance, information about options through the Affordable Care Act are available at, a federally run health care exchange.