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Counseling FAQ

Does counseling work?
We certainly believe so, if the conditions are right. A willingness to change and to take risks is critical to the success of the counseling process. Unfortunately, by the time many people do decide to seek counseling, their problems have often existed so long that it has become habitual. This makes reversing it difficult. The familiar becomes comfortable and non-threatening. Problems do not surface overnight, nor do solutions. Give counseling a chance to work.

What kinds of issues do we handle?
Any issue that causes you concern is appropriate to bring to counseling. Examples of concerns which students bring to Student Support Services are:

-Low self-esteem
-Feeling overwhelmed or completely stressed out
-Problems with balancing school, work and/or family
-Self-defeating behaviors
-Concerns about grades
-Examining career options
-Studying more effectively
-Eating or sleeping problems
-Coping with loss
-Exploring their sexuality
-Understanding their professors
-Anger management
-Transferring to a senior college or university

Who’s eligible for counseling services?
Services are available to all students who are registered for classes during the current term. Students who have graduated from Georgia Highlands College during the past year may also avail themselves of the services offered. Services are free and confidential.

Is a counselor available on my campus?
We are available to any Georgia Highlands College student or recent graduate, regardless of which campus they take classes. Whenever possible, we schedule appointments at all sites. Just check with your campus staff or contact us directly for times we are available.

How do I make a counseling appointment?
Appointments for individual counseling sessions are usually 30 minutes to one hour in length. Students are asked to contact us if you need to cancel or reschedule a session. You have the right to discontinue counseling at any time; however, we feel it best that you discuss your intentions with your counselor so that appropriate resources may be suggested. If you feel uncertain about whether counseling is for you, we suggest you make an initial appointment to discuss your reservations with a counselor. There is no obligation to continue.