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Counseling Services

Georgia Southwestern Counseling Services offers students access to the following valuable resources:

  • Onsite Counseling services for scheduled appointments and emergencies with Mrs. Alma Keita, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 229- 931-2708 or email alma.keita@gsw.edu.
  • Christie Campus Health (Care@GSW) - a 24/7/365 mental health support line for in-the-moment support regardless of time of day or your location. Call 833-855-0079. No-cost telehealth and in-person treatment sessions provided by a diverse network of licensed mental health clinicians. Virtual Psychiatric Clinics to offer assessment and medication management. Referral to Psychiatric Clinics comes from Student Counseling Services
  • GSW Talkspace - an online therapy service that connects you to a dedicated therapist from a secure, HIPAA compliant platform. You can send your therapist text, voice or video messages— anytime, anywhere—including from the comfort of your home. Register with your GSW email address at www.talkspace.com/GSW.
  • Protocol - After hours emergency services through Student Counseling Services. Call 229-931-2708. Protocol is a telephonic behavioral health service, for seamless access to crisis assessment, intervention, and stabilization.
  • Wellness Hub - An online wellness magazine with articles and videos on mental health and wellness including sleep habits, study tips, new food recipes and even fitness routines. Access the Wellness Hub at gswwellnesshub.com or by downloading the CampusWell app on Apple or Android. Once downloaded, search for Georgia Southwestern State University to access the Care@GSW Wellness Hub. 

Other services available are short-term and free to GSW students, as well as faculty and staff  for a variety of concerns including:

If you would like to discuss any of these options with a counselor, please consider scheduling an Initial Consultation. To schedule an appointment, please come by the Counseling Services office located in the Herschel A Smith Health Clinic between 8:00 am and 11:30 am, 12:45 pm and 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and between 8:00 am and 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm Friday and allow about 15 minutes to complete the initial information forms. If you are a new client or a returning client who has not been seen in the last three months, you will need to complete the initial information forms once again. 

If you are experiencing a crisis that requires immediate attention, please contact us immediately. If you are unsure what is considered a crisis, please visit our page for students in crisis.

Students may schedule a first appointment, called an Initial Consultation, to meet with a counselor to discuss their concerns and to develop an initial plan for addressing them. Follow-up appointments may be scheduled as necessary. During this session a counselor will assess the student’s functioning and reasons for seeking services are evaluated. The goal of the Initial Consultation is to determine the nature and impact of the presenting concerns and discuss options for addressing these concerns. If counseling is appropriate, the intake counselor will recommend the most effective method of treatment, which may include one of our Life Skills Workshops, self-help resources, individual, group, and/or referral.  In some cases, the intake appointment is sufficient in helping students address their concerns. When a student’s presenting issues require on-going longer-term care or specialized treatment that is not provided in the Counseling Center, we utilize our Referral Service to provide a connection to an off-campus community provider coordinated by our Assistant Director.

Please arrive on time for your appointment to avoid rescheduling or a shortened meeting with the counselor. Call the Counseling Center if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment at 229-931-2708 or by email.

 

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