Counseling Services

Mission Statement:  

救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主"The mission of Georgia College Counseling Services is to enhance student success and promote a safe and healthy academic environment by attending to the psychological, emotional, and developmental wellbeing of students. We encourage personal responsibility, respect human dignity, and value the differences among people."

Counseling Services is a supportive and accepting environment for students of all belief systems and identities.    


Counseling Services provides voluntary, confidential and free professional counseling to enrolled students for a wide range of issues, including:

Personal Issues救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主: A whole array of individual concerns, such as relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment to college and health problems.

Academic Skills救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主: Time management, study skills, test-taking, test anxiety

救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主We also provide:

Psychiatric Services救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主:  Short term medication management.

Alcohol and Other Drug Education救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主: Learning more about alcohol and other drugs, screening and referral for treatment if needed

Referral:  Assistance in locating additional sources of help, both on and off campus, including times when issues are beyond our scope of practice

Consultation: We consult with students, faculty, staff and concerned family members about problems students might be having. While we cannot discuss any specific client's information, we are happy to suggest ways of addressing certain kinds of behavior or help facilitate a referral to our office or to some other service.  

 

    Concerns about anyone on campus who may present a risk to self or others (docx)

If you are are at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else go to the Emergency Room of any hospital, call 911 or contact contact Public Safety at 478-445-4400. 

*If you call Counseling Services about an emergency situation during office hours (M-F 8 AM-5 PM), tell us it is an emergency, and someone will see you immediately for a safety assessment
*If you experience an emergency outside of normal office hours救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主, go to the Emergency Room of any hospital, call 911 or contact contact Public Safety at 478-445-4400.

救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主Do not use email to communicate during an emergency. 


救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主If you are experiencing a crisis, you may also call the

Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1 800 715-4225 (for assistance with mental health or substance abuse issues) or the

National Suicide Hotline 24 hours per day 1 800 273-TALK (8255)



When to Call Counseling Services

  • A student is depressed, extremely anxious or psychotic
  • A student has difficulty controlling emotions and/or behavior, and has not responded positively to your attempts to problem solve
  • A student’s weight and eating behavior is a concern
  • A student’s substance use is a concern
  • A student appears to be in an abusive relationship
  • A student is experiencing grief or loss
  • Whenever you are concerned about a student


The Georgia College CARE Team (Crisis Assessment, Response and Education) is a resource for anyone at Georgia College who is concerned that an individual on campus may pose a potential threat to him/herself or others (doc)救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主. The individual may be a student, staff or faculty member, or a visitor.  Call 445-7475 (445-RISK) to report concerns. A person is available to answer the phone 24 hours per day.

The CARE Team is not the appropriate place to direct concerns about a present or imminent emergency - those concerns should go directly to GC Public Safety at 445-4400.

If you are in distress and think that you may harm yourself or someone else go to the Emergency Room of any hospital, call 911 or contact contact Public Safety at 478-445-4400.

During office hours, you may come to Counseling Services or call us at 478-445-5331.  If you think that you may be in danger of harming yourself or someone else, tell us it is an emergency, and someone will see you immediately for a safety assessment. 

Limits of Confidentiality: Under normal circumstances, information disclosed in counseling is strictly confidential. However in emergencies, it is sometimes necessary to disclose information for the protection of those involved.  While we try to honor the student's wishes whenever we can, we will disclose information regardless of the student's preference if we believe that doing so is necessary to prevent harm.

Students Are Not Suspended For Merely Expressing Suicidal Thoughts

What goes on in personal counseling?

救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主 The exact nature of the counseling experience will vary according to factors such as the nature of the issues a student brings in to counseling and the personality and training of the counselor. In general, counseling involves identifying and building upon an individual's strengths in order to work through a challenge or difficulty. Counseling often involves gaining new insights into oneself, but it may also involve learning new strategies and techniques for coping. Many students find their needs are met after one session with a counselor or that they may benefit from a workshop or group that teaches specific skills. Workshops are usually a 1 hour commitment while groups might meet for 1 hour for about 4-8 sessions.  Individual counseling may be recommended in certain cases and your counselor will work with you to determine the best path. Those sessions are typically 45 to 50 minutes depending on what is needed. Often the work a person does between counseling sessions is a critical part of the success of counseling.

What kinds of issues might a student deal with in personal counseling?

A wide range of issues could be addressed in personal counseling. Many students find it helpful to seek counseling regarding homesickness, adjustment to college, roommate conflicts, or other relationship difficulties. Other examples of issues that a student might bring to personal counseling include coping with grief and loss, adjusting to life after divorce, and recovery after a trauma. Personal counseling also helps individuals work through or better manage depression or anxiety and to learn more effective stress management.

Is there a limit to the number of sessions of personal counseling a student may have?

Counseling Services offers short term counseling.  The majority of students are seen for five sessions or fewer, but students may receive up to 12 individual counseling appointments per academic year.  Group counseling, workshops and psychiatric appointments are not included in this 12 session limit.  At times, a student may be facing a difficulty that requires a much longer course of treatment. In such cases, Counseling Services will help secure referrals to clinicians in the community and will offer support until the connection between student and outside therapist is made. For example, we routinely refer students whose primary issues are Substance Abuse or severe Eating Disorders to off-campus providers, because treatment for these issues tends to be long term and highly specialized. While there are local treatment options for Substance Abuse, there are no residential Eating Disorder treatment facilities in the local area. 

Is counseling confidential?

救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主Yes, with a few exceptions that are described below, counseling is confidential.  The confidential nature of counseling means that your counselor cannot share information about you with your parents, professors, roommates, or other college staff. If you would like for your counselor to communicate with anyone, we will do so with your written permission.  Exceptions to confidentiality include the following:  

  • If we believe that you pose a life-threatening risk to yourself or someone else, we may share information as necessary to prevent any harm from occurring.  In the event of imminent risk to self or others, voluntary or involuntary hospitalization may also be necessary.  
  • We are legally required to report information about the current abuse or neglect of a minor, an elderly person or a person with a disability.
  • In order to provide you with the best care, staff members may consult with or receive supervision from other professional colleagues within Counseling Services.
  • If you are involved in a legal action and a judge determines that clinical information will provide evidence bearing significantly on the case, the counselor may be mandated to release your records. A counselor may also be required to disclose confidential information as part of a defense against civil, criminal, or disciplinary action.
  • For purposes of evaluating our services, gathering valuable research information and designing future programs, the counseling services staff may utilize your clinical information. Your anonymity will be maintained by utilizing a client identification number unique to counseling services and by using aggregated data that prevents the exposure of personally identifiable information. 
  • If you are under the age of 18, your parents or legal guardian(s) must provide consent for us to provide services to you. If you are under 18, your parents or legal guardian(s) may request access to your records and may authorize their release to other parties.

All career-related concerns should initially be addressed at the Career Center. You can make an appointment by phone at 478-445-5384, in person at 110 Lanier Hall, email at career.center@gcsu.edu救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主, or online in UNIFY. The Career Center can help you collect and assess career information, assist you in taking the Focus2 career assessment to learn more about your interests, values, and personality, explore possible areas of study or career paths, and decide on majors/careers. They can also help you develop a plan of action as it relates to gaining experience so that you are competitive for internships, graduate/professional schools, or jobs.

救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主Career Center advisors may also refer you to Counseling Services if they feel you could use additional assistance or more in-depth assessment. Counseling Services provides in-depth confidential counseling and career assessments to complement the Career Center. This can be particularly useful if you are experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, severe indecision, a disability, identity concerns, excessive family pressure, rejection, or difficulty with parents, family, or other relationships.  

Students often find it difficult to adjust to the rigors of the college curriculum.  Many report that they did not find it necessary to apply themselves in high school to perform adequately.  Additionally they recognize that parents and teachers often played a large role in helping them stay organized and managing their time.  Consequently, they may have never developed effective study habits and their academic performance is college suffers.  Students without effective strategies for studying and time management often feel overwhelmed  and anxious about tests and other demands.

For students who want or need assistance developing academic skills, we offer guidance in

  • Time Management
  • Controlling Test Anxiety
  • Efficient Study Techniques


Academic Skills Resources

救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主Click on the links below for text or audio versions of resources offered to enhance study skills.  In addition to these titles, we have several other pamphlets and books available in the Counseling Services office. 

Text Versions

Preparing for Examinations (doc)救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主      

Objective Examinations (doc)                       

Essay Examinations (doc)救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主                                         

Reading for Comprehension (doc)

Learning Math (doc)

Successful Note Taking (doc)

Test Anxiety Quiz (doc)

Coping With Finals (doc)

Calculating GPA (doc)

Weekly Schedule (doc)

Audio Files

Preparing for Exams (mp3)

Objective Examinations (mp3)

Essay Exams  (mp3) 

Reading for comprehension (mp3)

Learning Math (mp3)

Successful Notetaking (wav) 

Tutoring

Tutoring for specific subjects is offered through the Learning Center.  

Learning Disabilities

Academic accommodations for students with disabilities are addressed through Disability Services

Fall 2019 Groups

Grief Support Group - Grief is the natural reaction to a death or loss and can sometimes feel overwhelming. This is a facilitated grief support group that is for individuals who have experienced a loss of someone due to death and who are looking for a community of support. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is an open group and anyone can join in at any time.

Adjustment Group救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主 - The Adjustment Group focuses on issues related to new or transfer student transitions to Georgia College -- figuring out what’s expected of you in college, missing home, family or friend groups, managing anxiety and the unknown, making new friends, etc. It may look like everyone else is doing fine and you’re the only one struggling, but the truth is that most people experience some adjustment issues, and some of the people struggling the most don’t necessarily show it. This group meets for 3 sessions, and students are invited to repeat the group if needed.   

Anxiety Group -  The Anxiety Group addresses various kinds of anxiety, ranging from test anxiety to social anxiety to generalized anxiety. The group will focus on becoming more aware of the triggers and early signs of anxiety as well as developing coping skills to disarm and rethink automatic, negative thoughts. This group will meet for 5 sessions and will be closed to new members after the 2nd session.     

Social Anxiety Group/Breaking Out of Your Shell - Does feeling uncomfortable around other people keep you from doing things you want to do?  Do you worry that others will notice how nervous you feel?  Most people experience anxiety in social situations at least some of the time, but if anxiety is interfering with your ability to enjoy yourself or accomplish what you want in life, this program may be for you.  In this eight session structured group, students will learn how thoughts, physical sensations and avoidance behaviors interact to create a vicious cycle.  Students will learn strategies for recognizing and changing their unhelpful or inaccurate thoughts, and for managing avoidance behaviors.  Research has shown that group therapy for social anxiety is more effective than individual counseling or medication for social anxiety.  

Mindfulness Group - 救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主This group will help students who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD or help with over-thinking and stress. Mindfulness is a holistic therapy approach that is evidenced-based on the treatment of a wide variety of issues. Group members will learn awareness exercises and cognitive techniques designed to help them deal with their concerns and increase their feelings of control and direction in their daily lives.   

Women’s Therapy Group - A semester long group for women students, or students whose gender-identity falls under the trans umbrella and feels this group would be a good fit for them. This group offers a space for women to form a community in which they can express their feelings and discuss issues in a safe, supportive environment. Previous topics discussed include mental health concerns, discrimination, sexual assault, relationship issues, harassment, stress management, adjustment, gratitude, and strengths, etc.               

 

One Session Workshops

Active Listening Workshop救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主 – Participants will develop listening skills using fun, interactive exercises. They will learn essential skills for eliciting feedback and critical information that they can use to improve relationships.                                                                                                                                               

Alcohol Use & Abuse - Rethinking Drinking - This workshop is designed to educate and expand student awareness about the behavioral, medical and psychological consequences of alcohol abuse. The goal of this workshop is to incorporate information to help students establish and maintain abstinence while guiding them to more productive choices.

Anger Management & Conflict Resolution - 救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主This workshop is designed to educate and expand student awareness about techniques in anger management and conflict resolution. The goal of this workshop is to incorporate information to help students establish and maintain healthy relationships.    

Managing Panic Attacks – This one session workshop will help students understand and learn strategies for stopping panic attacks. Students will learn techniques for reducing physiological symptoms and changing maladaptive thoughts.                                                                                                                 

Meditation (Mindfulness) –救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主 This experiential workshop is designed to educate students about mindful meditation. Students will learn one form, long meditation and one shorter, informal meditation to use to help them focus on the present moment and reduce negative thought patterns.

Sleep Workshop – This workshop is designed for students whose insomnia and nightmares are primarily due to stress and anxiety.                                                                                                                                                  

Stress Management Workshop救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主 – Spend an hour learning practical skills for preventing and combating stress that includes mindfulness, assertiveness and self-care.                                                                                  

Time Management Workshop救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主 – Spend an hour learning practical skills for managing time more effectively.                                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                             

In an effort to reduce wait times, students seeking a first session to begin counseling can walk-in during the hours of 9AM-3:00PM, Monday-Friday.  No appointment is necessary. You and your counselor will work together to determine a plan for meeting your needs. The plan may include one or several of the various treatment resources available, including workshops, groups, or individual counseling. 

救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主For students who have an established relationship with at counselor, we ask that you call 478-445-5331 to make a follow-up appointment. We see students by appointment, Monday Through Friday 8AM-5PM.  

救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主If you call Counseling Services about a crisis situation during our office hours, tell us it is a crisis, and someone will see you immediately for a safety assessment. No appointment is necessary.  Examples of a crisis include thoughts of harming yourself or others, a recent traumatic experience or a recent loss. 

To make an appointment:

Call:  You can reach us at (478) 445 5331.

Email:  ?If you are making a follow-up appointment, you can email your request for an appointment to eveyln.palm@gcsu.edu or email a counselor directly (click here to see our counselors).  To protect your privacy, please refrain from including sensitive information in emails.   

To seek treatment with a mental health professional off campus:

  • See your insurance plan website for mental health professionals covered by your plan.  
  • Employee Assistance Program (844) 243-4440 or EAPhelplink.com (password USGcares; free for GC employees; )?
  • Milledgeville VA Clinic (478) 414-4540 or (free for Veterans) 

 

To seek online, video or phone based treatment with a mental health professional off campus

  • Student Assistance Plan (free for members of the United Health student insurance plan)
  • Employee Assistance Program 844-243-4440 or EAPhelplink.com (password USGcares; free for GC employees; )
  • See your insurance plan website for tele-mental health or tele-behavioral health services (typically fee based)
  • (insurance billed or fee based service; specializes in counseling for college students)
  • (fee based service)
  • (fee based service)

 

To connect with Peer Support Programs, Clubs, Groups and Organizations:救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主  These sources of peer support are not mental health treatment and are not led by licensed mental health professionals.  These peer supports are not intended to replace mental health treatment but are a source of support for managing stress and promoting wellness.  Except where indicated, the following peer support programs, clubs and groups do not charge participants.    

Campus Based/Student Led organizations for the promotion and support of well-being and mental health.   These sources of peer support are not mental health treatment and are not led by mental health professionals.

  • Active Minds is a student led organization “dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students, on the peer level” (activeminds.org)
  • To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a student led organization “dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide” (twloha.com).
  • Collegiate Animal Therapy Society.  This student led organization provides the "opportunity to interact with Therapy Pets, thereby providing stress relief in a fun and safe environment" (gcsu.edu/campuslife/student-organizations).
  • Meditation Club.  This student led organization, which is also open to employees, seeks to “provide an open and safe environment for learning various meditation styles and techniques. Centering the thoughts of the mind has proven to be important for sustaining positive mental health” (gcsu.edu/campuslife/student-organizations).
  • Unleashing Positivity (UP) Project.  This goal of this student led organization “is to spread happiness around campus. The club will go into the community and advertise concentrations of positive thinking, emotional support, and anti-bullying within the community” (gcsu.edu/campuslife/student-organizations).

 

Community based, peer led organizations for the promotion and support of mental health:  These sources of peer support are not mental health treatment and are not led by mental health professionals.

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is an advocacy group that provides education, advocacy and support for those with mental illness and their families.  The Baldwin County chapter offers NAMI Connection, a biweekly “recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each other’s experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding” (NAMI.org)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous.  Peer led support groups for substance abuse.  
  • Narcotics Anonymous:  Peer led support groups for substance abuse. 
  • Al Anon.  Peer led support group for the families and friends of substance abusers. 

 

Church based pastoral care or lay minister support.  These sources of support are not mental health treatment and are not led by mental health professionals.

  • Stephen’s Ministry is a program of the United Methodist Church that provides lay support for those coping with stressful situations.  In the Milledgeville area, the Stephen’s Ministry is offered through the First United Methodist Church ().
  • Fresh Hope, provides faith based, online support groups for individuals and families of those with a mental health diagnosis (FreshHopeMeeting.com).
  • Grief Share, is a faith based, structured program to assist individuals struggling with the death of someone in their lives.  The program is offered in at least three Milledgeville churches program (First Baptist Church of Milledgeville, Victory Baptist Church and Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church) at a cost of $15-20 for the 13 week course (). 
  • Care Ministry - The website of Northridge Christian Church specifies that the church offers a care ministry that pairs individuals with a “life-experience mentor who is willing to walk with you along the journey, providing care, comfort and guidance” ()
  • Celebrate Recovery at Freedom Church “is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.”

 

 

救济金6元棋牌不洗牌斗地主Office Hours:  Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

To make an appointment: call, email or drop in

Contact Us

Counseling Services
Suite 210 Wellness and Recreation Center
134 West Campus Drive
Campus Box 61
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone 478-445-5331
Fax 478-445-2962
evelyn.palm@gcsu.edu

Note:  To protect your privacy, please refrain from including sensitive information in emails.