New Leaf Clinic

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Founded in 2009 by Dr. Rick Gressard and Dr. Sara Scott, the New Leaf Clinic uses motivational interviewing techniques to encourage students to take ownership of their decisions and make positive changes in their lives. Motivational interviewing emphasizes client choice and is an evidence-based intervention that has been proven effective for increasing motivation to change high-risk substance use. 

Over the years, the New Leaf Clinic has grown and currently offers three programs: New Leaf Six Sessions, BASICS, and ASTP. Students with alcohol or other drug  sanctions from the Office of Community Values and Restorative Practices are mandated to attend one of the three programs based on severity. The Six Sessions program is also voluntary for students who have a desire to explore their alcohol or other drug usage

Counseling is provided by doctoral students in the Counselor Education program and by master's students who are counseling interns in the Clinical Mental Health and Addictions and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. These counselor interns are under the supervision of a faculty member and/or doctoral counseling student throughout their time with the New Leaf Clinic.

Scheduling of Services

Students may make appointments to meet with a counselor by calling  or emailing the New Leaf Clinic:

  • 757.221.2363
  • Six Sessions: [[newleaf]]
  • BASICS: [[basics]]

Agencies: You may use our referral form; complete, print and fax the form to the fax number noted on the form.