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Counseling Services and Student Advocacy

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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
Phone: 770-975-4152
Email: Cheri.Mattox-Carroll@chattahoocheetech.edu

Elizabeth Bryant, NCC
Marietta Campus
Building A · Office 1121
980 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 770-528-5812
Email: Elizabeth.Bryant@chattahoocheetech.edu

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
North Metro Campus Building F Health Education Center° Office F121
5198 Ross Road Acworth, GA. 30102
Email: Mayi.Dixon@chattahoocheetech.edu

Ms. Dixon is the dedicated counselor for Health Sciences student population. She provides individual and group counseling and workshops on various mental health disorders and concerns exclusively to students within the Health Sciences division. Ms. Dixon handles a variety of mental health and behavior concerns, focusing on anxiety (generalized, social, test), depression, panic, bipolar, trauma, grief, personal, relationship, family, PTSD, academic concerns, time management, work-life balance, and stress. In her practice, she utilizes several theoretical modalities such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Person-Centered Approaches.

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