- Why do we have a Counseling Center?
The Counseling Center is a place where students can go to receive services to help handle day-to-day challenges while encouraging their personal growth and development. Services provided by the Center include counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention and medication management. Services are confidential and offered by professionally trained counselors. Most services are free of charge; however, there is a minimal charge for medication appointments. Please call if you have any questions.
- When is the Counseling Center open?
The Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- How do I make an appointment?
Students can call 423-425-4438 to set up an initial appointment. You will need to complete initial paperwork prior to your meeting, which takes 15-30 minutes. Your initial appointment with the counselor will take approximately 30 minutes.
- What if I have an emergency and need to speak to a counselor after hours?
If you are in crisis after hours (evenings and weekends), you can reach the on-call counselor by calling 423-425-CARE(2273). If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or report to the nearest hospital emergency department.
- What can I expect coming to the Counseling Center?
Initial Session – first meeting with the counselor at the Center, lasting about 30 minutes.
Discuss presenting concern, what brought you to counseling?
Talk about your background and history
Clarify your goals for counseling
Determine whether individual counseling, group counseling, or community counseling would be right for you
Counseling Sessions – meeting with a counselor for 45- to 50-minute appointments.
Explore and process psychological and emotional distress
Work on objectives to reach goals
Identify areas for personal growth and wellness
Referrals for other services on or off campus, when necessary
If we determine that your needs cannot be met by this Counseling Center, we will help you to obtain resources in the community
If you are outside the state of TN, we can help locate resources in your area
- Should I seek counseling?
If you are struggling to decide whether you should come to the center, see reasons why students seek counseling at the Counseling Center below:
- Adjustment to college life
- Relationship Stress
- Family Issues
- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- Feeling Unmotivated or Depressed
- Coping with the Loss and Grief
- Concerns about Body Image
- Eating Disorders
- Stress Management
- Test Anxiety
- Study Skills
- Crisis Intervention
- Substance Use Issues
- Breaking Destructive Habits
- Time Management Problems
- Medication management for mental health concerns
- History of Trauma
- "Does coming to counseling mean I am crazy?"
Coming to counseling does not mean that you are crazy. Mental illness is real. Counseling offers students the opportunity to identify the factors that contribute to their difficulties and to deal effectively with the psychological, behavioral, interpersonal and situational causes of those difficulties.
- "I'm not crazy enough for counseling."
People pursue counseling for a variety of reasons. Some may enter counseling to address major life changes, such as coming to college, while others may seek help managing mental health conditions, like depression and anxiety.
- "I will be judged for seeking counseling"
The Counseling Center strives to offer “unconditional positive regard” – a kind of non-judgmental attitude. Counseling is also confidential and your visits to the Counseling Center are private. We will not break confidentiality unless doing so is required by law to protect people's safety.
- "Counseling is only for people with serious emotional problems"
Counseling is like seeing a doctor – you don’t go to a doctor only if you have a heart attack. It can be helpful to see a doctor if you have a cold or for routine checkups. Students often seek and benefit from counseling for issues such as academic difficulty, relationships problems, adjustment concerns, managing stress, or choosing a major.
- "Counseling is a sign of weakness"
This is absolutely false. It takes courage to address problem areas and examine painful feelings. Entering counseling is taking the first step in resolving difficulties.
For further information, contact the Counseling Center, 338 University Center or call 423-425-4438. Appointments for new clients are from 9-3:30 weekdays.