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.

 

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.

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.

For more information, contact:

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

Email

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.

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.
Counseling Intern

Marietta Campus
Building A
Office A1125

North Metro Campus
Building C, Office 305M
Email

Emma is completing her last graduate semester at Seton Hall University in New Jersey in Professional Counseling and School Counseling. Her aim is to be open-minded, empathic and understanding with individuals who want to better understand their world view and help each solve problems head on. Emma uses logotherapy, person-center, and emotion-based theories to provide a whole-picture view of self and to help students face life challenges. She is committed to providing thorough and ethical counseling to the most professional degree. 

Counseling Intern

Marietta Campus
Building A
Office A1126

Email

Hannah is completing her graduate degree at the University of North Georgia, seeking a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Addiction. She will be on the Marietta campus on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. She is passionate about the field of substance abuse, those affected directly and indirectly, as well as addressing the stigma that comes with it. Her goal is to help students navigate speed bumps they might encounter and cultivate an environment where each finds the strength and power to persevere. Attaining good mental health is her main priority.

Counseling Intern

Marietta Campus

Building A
Office A1120
Email

Sade’ is earning her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Walden University. Her goal is to promote mental health awareness and discuss prominent issues that students may face during their college years. She relies on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) theories to focus on thoughts  and feelings as it relates to behaviors. She strives to provide comfort, support, and confidentiality in a safe environment and ethical professional counseling. She welcomes new clients as they face life challenges and uncertainty.

Mayi Dixon, LPC
Health Sciences Counselor (Health Sciences Students Only)
Building F/ Health Education Center
Office F121
519 Ross Road
Acworth, GA 30102
Email

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.

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.

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