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.
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.