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Mental Health Counseling
The staff provides individual mental health counseling services to help students with academic, emotional, psychological, social, and behavioral problems. It is our basic purpose to help students cope with, or resolve, problems that create distress in daily living and are interfering with academic success at Columbus State. Examples of the problems that we address:
- Anxiety / Panic / Phobias
- Eating Disorders / Body Image
- Communication Skills
- Conflict Resolution
- Ethnic / Cultural Concerns
- Physical Abuse / Domestic Violence
- Family Conflict
- Loss & Grief Issues
- Attention Deficient Disorder
- Adjusting to Stressors
- Relationship Problems
- Test & Math Anxiety
- Academic Concerns
Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling
The primary purpose of alcohol and other drug (AOD) counseling is to help the student make choices to prevent problems from alcohol use and/or be abstinent from illicit substance use. If appropriate services for treatment cannot be provided at Columbus State, the staff may be able to make a referral to community resources including medical providers, support groups, or other kinds of services.
Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Services
Our drug prevention services are designed to increase awareness, prevent substance abuse problems, or assist those experiencing difficulties. Resources on alcohol and other drug related topics are available in the form of pamphlets, visual aids, and presentations.
Available information includes:
- types and effects of alcohol and other drug use
- co-dependency issues
- impaired driving
- family effects of drinking or using drugs
- stress management and coping
- domestic violence prevention
- social skills
- parenting skills
Crisis-intervention services are offered to students who are experiencing difficulty coping with a situation or stressor, leading to impaired daily functioning. Services may include both stabilization of one’s emotional state and links to helpful resources. The purpose of this service is to help the student with his/her immediate needs by regaining focus and performance in pursing academic and/or personal goals and to enhance the quality of his/her experience at Columbus State.
Consultation and Referral
We offer consultation and referral for mental health and/or alcohol and other drug concerns. Our services are available for students, staff and faculty members.
Workshops and Training
Our Clinical Mental Health Professionals are available to Faculty/Staff in need of our services to provide trainings to the Columbus State Community College community. Some of our trainings include but are not limited to:
- Time Management
- Stress Management
- Test Anxiety
- Student Behavior in the Classroom
Staff is also available to present on a number of other mental health related topics and encourage requests for such. To have one of our staff share their knowledge and expertise with your class and/or department, please download the Presentation Request Form and submit it to the Counseling Services center.
Overall, the information you discuss is confidential between you and your counselor and his/her supervisor. We will not release any information to any party without your written consent within the limits of the law. There are some exceptions under the law to the above.
On occasion, information may be communicated with other appropriate individuals in situations of suspected abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults, situations involving potential harm to self or others, or possible court-ordered release of information, including situations of the defense of your counselor/psychologist against misconduct allegations.