Counseling and Psychological Services is here to help you make the most of your GGC experience, both personally and academically.
Counseling and Psychological Services offers initial assessment, individual counseling and referrals to off-campus therapists to help you gain the skills and insights you need to overcome adversity and thrive in your life and learning.
Any GGC student with a concern to discuss is welcome at Counseling and Psychological Services. View some of the common concerns. Services are free to GGC students. Students may receive services from doctoral-level clinical and counseling psychology students and will be notified in advance of their appointment and asked to sign the informed consent form (PDF).
Counseling and Psychological Services
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Crisis assistance
- Classroom presentations and workshops
- Assistance with referrals to community providers for other services
- Consultation to the GGC campus community regarding mental health/wellness, crisis situations, suicide prevention and promoting campus safety
Think You Need Help
Mental health is a key part of your overall health. To determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health provider or counselor, please complete this brief online mental health screening.
- Feeling anxious?
- Stressed about school?
- Having problems in a relationship?
Talking to someone in a private and confidential setting may be the right next step for you. Call 678.407.5592 to make an appointment.Meet Staff: Counseling and Psychological Services
What will my first appointment be like?
During your first appointment or initial assessment, you will be asked to complete documentation using a laptop in our waiting area. Then you will meet with one of our psychologists for approximately one hour. During this hour, the staff member will ask you questions about what is going on now, as well as some questions about your history. By the end of the meeting, you will have made a plan for the next steps you need to take to get the help you need.
Can my professors or parents find out that I am seeing a counselor?
No, your attendance at Counseling and Psychological Services is confidential as required by state licensing laws. There are some very limited exceptions to confidentiality, when your safety or someone else’s is at risk.
Do I have to make an appointment? Can I be seen today?
It is best to make an appointment so that we can be sure one of our staff members is available. However, if your need to speak with someone is urgent, you can typically be seen on the same day.
How often can I come to Counseling and Psychological Services?
Typically, students coming to individual or group counseling will be seen once a week. However, in crisis situations you may be seen more frequently.
How long will I have to wait for my first appointment?
If you have not been to Counseling and Psychological Services before (and are not experiencing a mental health crisis), you may have to wait a week or more to be seen for an initial assessment.
What’s the difference between a counselor and a mentor/advisor? Where do I go for academic advising?
A counselor is a trained mental health professional (at GGC we are all licensed psychologists) who helps people with emotional issues, mental health issues or stress-related concerns. GGC mentors are faculty members who provide traditional academic advising (course selection and academic program planning) as well as support for career planning, goal clarification and personal growth.
Can someone help me with test anxiety?
Yes, each of our staff members has training in dealing with test anxiety. The Academic Enhancement Center also provides workshops on test anxiety from time to time.
Do you see couples?
Yes, however, both individuals must be current GGC students.
Who should I contact if I need to speak with someone outside of business hours?
The Georgia Crisis and Access Line is a free, 24-hour crisis line for Georgia residents. The number is 1.800.715.4225. This number is also available on Counseling and Psychological Services' voicemail any time you call our main number 678.407.5592.