Student Counseling

Counseling Office Services

  • Individual counseling sessions
  • Consultation for students, faculty and staff for student referral
  • Outreach and student education around mental health issues via
  • Student Orientations
  • Trainings, Workshops, and class presentations
  • Pick-UP/Take-With information
  • Counseling Office Newsletter
  • Wellness and Enrichment Activities

What is counseling?
Counseling is a process of helping you/the student use your own and other resources in answering your problematic questions or solving your dilemmas. Counseling at Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a mental health resource to provide free, personal and confidential counseling in a safe and supportive environment. The purpose of this resource is to help students acquire the skills, attitudes, abilities and insights that will enable you to address the all-too-prevalent stress and conflicts that may distract you from achieving your full potential. Counseling can be the place to help you get "back on track" or "sort things out" so that you can succeed to meet your goals.

Individual Counseling Sessions
If you have any conflict or stress over the following issues or others not mentioned, you may want to contact the Counseling Office to schedule an appointment. College counselors facilitate academic progress by helping you explore more effective ways to address stressful situations and balance your life so that you can succeed with your college goals. Our college counselors are state licensed professionals trained to help students cope with a variety of educational, adjustment and emotional health and wellness issues.

  • Struggles with educational and life skills strategies, e.g. stress management and relaxation, study skills, time management skills, test anxiety problems, etc.
  • Crisis-management , e.g. grief & loss reactions, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, rape trauma, substance abuse, anxiety reactions, etc.
  • Frustration with behaviors that seem unbreakable, e.g. serious procrastination, anger, unhealthy sleep patterns.
  • Interpersonal relations, e.g. family issues, grief, anger management, self-esteem, intimacy, relationship building, etc.

How long does counseling take?
The Counseling Office operates on a brief counseling model so your counselor will help you work toward a solution to your concerns in as few sessions as possible. Many students are seen for as few as one to two sessions.

Do I need to prepare for my session?
It is always a good idea to do at least a little preparation for your counseling session; that way you can get the most benefit from your time with your counselor. To make the most of your initial/intake session you will want to explain to your counselor what your primary concern is, what your questions are, how you think and feel about your concern, and what you have done so far to resolve it. However, it is not necessary to verbally express your issues fully to attend a first session.

Through collaboration, you and your counselor will decide on ways to make changes, and you may be trying out new ideas or strategies between sessions so you should be prepared to talk about these changes when you arrive at your counseling session. The more you are able to translate ideas into action, the more changes you will see in your life.

Am I wasting your time with my problem?
No. Many students who access Georgia Piedmont Technical College Support Services feel hesitant at first for a variety of reasons, including the belief that their problem is not important. At Georgia Piedmont Tech we believe that if it is important to you, then it is important to us. Please remember that we are here to help and that we are glad to work with you on whatever issues you would like to bring to counseling.

**If you are interested in learning more about counseling services and/or additional resources regarding mental health services, please visit the Ulifeline Website for Georgia Piedmont Technical College at http://www.ulifeline.org/GPTC.

Who Is Eligible to Receive Counseling Services?
Counseling services are available to all currently enrolled GPTC students in certificate, diploma or degree programs on a first-come first serve basis. For appointment, see contact information for Betty J. Tilley or Melissa Massey. In some cases, students will be referred to off-campus resources.

Contact Information  
DeKalb:
Betty J. Tilley, M.A., LMFT, Director
404.297.9522 ext. 1183
tilleyb@gptc.edu
Newton:
Melissa Massey, M.S., NCC, LPC, Counselor
404.297.9522 ext. 3203
masseym@gptc.edu
Counseling Office
Hours of Operation:

Mon: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tues: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thurs: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Counseling Office
Hours of Operation:

Mon: 8:00am – 6:00pm (DeKalb Campus)
Tues: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (Newton Campus)
Wed: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (Newton Campus)
Thurs: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (DeKalb Campus)

After Counseling Hours Emergency

Call Georgia Piedmont Tech Security at ext. 1885 or GA Crisis & Access Line: 1-800-715-4225