Office of Counseling Services Mission Statement
To provide students with services, supports, and skills needed to address mental health concerns so they can reach their full potential.
Telemental Health Services
As we face this period of uncertainty and unprecedented challenges, we know that it is during these times that fear, worry and stress can become so intense that it interferes with your life and happiness. The Department of Counseling Services is available to help you! However, while we still have limited on-campus presence, due to the changes in Gwinnett Tech’s operational schedule for faculty, staff and students, Counseling Services has transitioned largely to Telemental Health Services.
Telemental Health Services is the remote delivery of health care services via technology-assisted media. This technology includes, but is not limited to telephone, video, Internet, smartphones, tablets, PC desktop systems, or other electronic means.
If you are interested in establishing counseling services, or to find out more information you may call our office at 678-226-6628. Please leave a message with your name and a contact number that we can reach you at if we are not available, and we will return call as soon as possible. You may also send a brief email with your name, student ID and contact number for appointment information to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Main Counseling Center is located in Building 100 Room 609 on the Lawrenceville Campus. Counseling Services are also offered at the ANF Campus by appointment only. The Counseling Center offers free, confidential counseling services to Gwinnett Tech students. At times, it may be best to provide referrals to community resources.
Stay safe and well!
- CDC link
- Mental health COVID-19 information and resources link
- Conoravirus anxiety; Helpful tips/resources link
- Gwinnett Tech Coronavirus information page for current updates
What is counseling?
Counseling at Gwinnett Technical College is a mental health resource to provide free, personal and confidential therapeutic services in a supportive environment. The purpose is to help students acquire the resources, attitudes, abilities and insights that will enable them to successfully complete their academic program of study. Counseling can help reduce stress by providing a safe place for students to talk about their concerns, identify resources, and develop the skills needed to deal more effectively with distress.
Limits of Confidentiality: Counseling is a confidential process. However if there is a danger of imminent harm, it is necessary to disclose information for the protection of those involved. While we try to honor the student’s wishes whenever we can, we will disclose information regardless of the student’s preference if we believe that doing so is necessary to prevent harm.
What Services are Available?
- Individual counseling sessions for students
- Mental Health Crisis Assessments
- Trainings, workshops, and class presentations
- Outreach and psycho-education
- Wellness and enrichment activities
- Consultation for students, faculty and staff for referrals as needed
How Long Does Counseling Take?
The Counseling Office operates on a brief, solution-focused model so the licensed counselor will help students work toward a solution in as few sessions as possible. Many students are seen for as few as one to two sessions. Referrals will be provided for services needed beyond the scope of the Gwinnett Tech Counseling Office.
Who Is Eligible to Receive Counseling Services?
Counseling services are available to all actively enrolled Gwinnett Tech students 18 years of age and older in a certificate, diploma, or degree program.
In Case of a Mental Health Crisis
- If you are at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else call 911, campus police at 678-226-7377, or call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225
- If you are in crisis while on campus during office hours (Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-4pm), walk-ins are available. Tell us it is a crisis and someone will provide a safety assessment
- If you are experiencing an emergency call 911
- Do NOT use email to communicate during an emergency
If neither counselor is available and it is a crisis, you can also call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or Campus Police at 678-226-7377.
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS NUMBER
• 24-hour Emergency Mental Health Service and Hotline:
Georgia Crisis and Access Line 1-800-715-4225
• Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
• Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
• Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741-741
For more information, contact the Counseling Office at 678-226-6628.