Counseling Services and Student Advocacy

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 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 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.

Chattahoochee Tech 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.

About Counseling and Student Advocacy at Chattahoochee Tech

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.

Students with hearing impairments may receive accommodations for counseling by contacting Disability Support Services.

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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 E · Office 125
980 South Cobb Drive

Marietta, GA 30060

Email: Cheri.Mattox-Carroll@ChattahoocheeTech.edu

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, LPC, NCC
Counselor

Marietta Campus
Building E · Office 124
980 South Cobb Drive

Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: 770-528-5812
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.
 
Sarah Dino

Counseling Intern

Marietta Campus
Building E · Office 112
980 South Cobb Drive
Marietta, GA 30060

Email: Sarah.Dino@Chattahoocheetech.edu

Sarah Dino is completing her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Georgia. Her goal when working with clients is to provide a safe and understanding environment where individuals can truly feel comfortable to share their struggles. She uses a person-centered approach, but finds cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and a developmental perspective help provide holistic interventions. She is passionate about hearing the stories presented by students and helping them through the many challenges that come with college.

Amanda Jeffrey
Counseling Intern

Marietta Campus
Building E · Office 113
980 South Cobb Drive
Marietta, GA 30060
 
 
Amanda Jeffery is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program through Liberty University. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Brewton-Parker College where she played and later coached volleyball. Through these endeavors, she has found a passion for helping college students gain better mental health. She strives to make meaningful connections with her clients to provide a safe space for them to talk about what’s going on in life. She understands that being in college is not easy and life isn’t always easy, but talking to someone can help.  She is eager to support her clients with the current challenges.
 
Mayi Dixon, Ph.D, LPC

Counselor

North Metro Campus
Building F · Office 121
5198 Ross Road SE
Acworth, GA 30102

Marietta Campus
Building E · Office 112
980 South Cobb Drive
Marietta Campus

Paulding Campus
Building B · Office 232
400 Nathan Dean Boulevard
Dallas, GA 30132

Phone: 770-975-4085
Email: Mayi.Dixon@ChattahoocheeTech.edu

Meet Dr. Dixon

Dr. Dixon is a native of Flint, MI and has resided in Georgia for over 20 years. She is a Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor with a MS degree in Counseling from Argosy University and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Mercer University.

Dr. Dixon specializes in relationship counseling, anxiety disorders, trauma, family issues, grief and teaching mindfulness techniques. She utilizes the following short-term theoretical modalities: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Dr. Dixon has worked with a variety of students at Chattahoochee Technical College for the past four years and also works as an adjunct professor teaching graduate counseling students.

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