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Counseling Services and Student Advocacy

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Counselors are available to help through distance counseling sessions. We offer telemental health to all enrolled students via secure video and phone. Contact us individually or at Counseling@ChattahoocheeTech.edu. Check out all our mental health resources.

Personal counseling can help students understand and refine their life choices. Students can learn to reach their potential through meaningful introspection, well-informed decisions, and resolution of problems of an interpersonal nature. Brief counseling strategies help students resolve issues over a short period. Students often face various obstacles and troubling situations while in college; not all of them are related to academics.

  • Limited personal counseling as it relates to the educational experience help students share problems with a caring, non-judgmental counselor who’s trained to help with reflection, support, and solutions.
  • Typical reasons students may consider personal counseling:
    • Manage stress and anxiety
    • Improve relationships
    • Cope with loss or grief
    • Manage symptoms of depression
    • Resolve conflict
    • Learn new coping skills and reduce distress
    • Resolve problems of drug and/or alcohol use
    • Manage time and set goals

If you think you could benefit from short term counseling, make an appointment soon. Counseling sessions can be done in the counseling offices on the North Metro or Marietta campus locations Monday through Friday by appointment 8 am-5:30 pm. Students must complete an Intake Form either before or at their first appointment.

Telemental Health Counseling

Distance counseling, also known as Telemental Health, is available by some counselors. This type of counseling allows students to meet with a counselor either by phone or secure online video conferencing. This service was designed for students who may predominantly take online classes or who cannot meet a counselor on either campus location. Distance counseling may be an option for students during unexpected weekday campus closure.

While we make an effort to ensure confidentiality, distance counseling may compromise this in some cases. The nature and use of the internet and phone prevent total guarantee of privacy as we may experience from an office visit. We do use a software program that is HIPAA compliant to offer as much confidentiality as possible.

For students who wish to engage in distance counseling, each will read and sign an Informed Consent for Telemental Health, which will include a student’s contact information and an emergency contact. While some students may find the concept somewhat strange at first, most have positive experiences. To make an appointment, or learn more about the process, contact a counselor directly or contact Counseling@ChattahoocheeTech.edu.

 

For more information, contact:

Cheri Mattox-Carroll, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, BC-TMH, CPCS
Director of Counseling
North Metro Campus
Building A · Office 101B
5198 Ross Road SE
Acworth, GA 30102
 
Marietta Campus
Building A · Office 1122
980 South Cobb Drive
Marietta, GA 30060
 
Cheri works with students concerned with depression, anxiety, family concerns, suicidal ideation, relationships, PTSD, trauma, and grief. She helps students in a caring, non-judgmental environment and believes in solution-focused therapy that helps students resolve issues over a short period. The use of cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies, solution focused and person-centered therapy can help students experience life through a more reflective way of thinking and feeling. Her mission is to help students overcome life obstacles, consider other perspectives, and empower themselves in a holistic way. She also offers mental health programming and activities.
Elizabeth Bryant, NCC
Counselor
Marietta Campus
Building A · Office 1121
980 South Cobb Drive
Marietta, GA 30060
 
Elizabeth is passionate about promoting mental health awareness on campus and providing an empowering and positive counseling relationship with her clients. She provides individual and group counseling as well as outreach events and workshops. She works with college students on a variety of mental health issues and other concerns to include depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, grief, family, and relationships. She uses a variety of theoretical orientations including narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and emotionally focused therapy. She also offers mental health programming and activities.

Marcia Robinson
Counseling Intern
Marietta Campus
Building A
Office A1120
Email: Marcia.Robinson@chattahoocheetech.edu

Marcia is completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling though Liberty University. She is dedicated helping students achieve overall well-being in mind, body, and spirit. Using person-centered counseling, she provides a safe environment that leads to students learning true potential and a life of balance and wellness. She offers individual and group sessions.

Kadi Stepleton
Counseling Intern
North Metro Campus
Building C
Office 305M
Email: Kadi.Stapleton@ChattahoocheeTech.edu

Kadi is a counseling intern completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Liberty University. She is passionate about prioritizing mental health and helping students overcome obstacles as they navigate life’s challenges in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. She offers individual and group sessions.

Students served by Chattahoochee Tech represent a broad range of educational experiences, age, socioeconomic, culture, and lifestyle differences. Due to the diversity of this population, a variety of counseling and supportive services are utilized to meet students’ needs as they relate to educational, personal, and career goals. Counseling can help students experience success in all facets of their life.

Counseling Services handles a variety of mental health and personal concerns to include stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, grief, relationships, family issues, issues of gender and sexuality, PTSD, academic concerns, time management, work-life balance.

Counselors utilize a number of theoretical modalities such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered Approaches.


Health Sciences Students

Mayi Dixon, LPC
Health Sciences Counselor (Health Sciences Students Only)
North Metro Campus
Building F/ Health Education Center
Office F121
5198 Ross Road
Acworth, GA. 30102

Mayi is the dedicated counselor for students in Health Sciences and works exclusively with that group of students by providing individual and group counseling and workshops on various mental health disorders and concerns. She works with Health Sciences students in and out of the class room with presentations and observes students during their lab instruction and check offs. Mayi handles a variety of mental health and behavior concerns including anxiety (generalized, social, test), depression, panic, bipolar, trauma, grief, personal/relationship/family, PTSD, academic concerns, time management, work life balance, and stress.

CTC Statement of Confidentiality

All discussions with a counselor are considered confidential. Counselors and support staff will not share this information with others to include faculty and other staff members without a student’s express permission. Only in the case of an emergency can the information be shared. Information shared includes all records maintained through support services. However, there are limits to confidentiality when a student expresses or implies intent to harm oneself or others.

In other cases, counselors are required by law to break confidentiality if a staff member suspects abuse to a child, an elderly person, or if there is a court order mandating that the office release records to a judge. If you have any questions or concerns regarding confidentiality, please discuss them with your counselor or support staff.

If there is an emergency during our work together, or after termination, in which I become concerned about your personal safety, the possibility of you injuring someone else, or you receiving proper psychiatric care, I will do whatever I can within the limits of the law, to prevent you from injuring yourself or others and to ensure proper medical care is received. For this purpose, I may also contact the police for a home safety check or an emergency contact whose name you have provided.

Additional Campus Counseling Information