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Counseling Services

What is the Georgia Southwestern State University Counseling Center?

The GSW Counseling Center is a student service agency within the Division of Student Engagement and Success. The goal of the Counseling Center is to provide counseling services that help each student grow and develop emotionally, physically, socially, and intellectually.

What types of services are provided?

The Counseling Center offers several types of counseling including individual personal, and group counseling, consultation, referral services, testing and assessment, and life skills workshops.  Please see our Services page for more information about these and other services we provide.

The center also offers a wide variety of workshops and presentations on mental health topics for student organizations, residence halls, and the university community.

What kinds of groups are offered at the Counseling Center?

GSW offers a variety of groups on a as needed basis.  Groups may be short‑term or on‑going and consist of four to twelve people. For more information about group counseling and a list of the groups currently available, please contact our office at 229-931-2708. 

Who provides services at the Counseling Center?

The Counseling Center staff is made up of a Licensed professional counselor.

All students currently registered in a degree-seeking program are eligible for services at the Counseling Center.  

The GSW Counseling Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8 am to 5:30 pm, Friday, 8 am to 3 pm in the summers Friday hours are 8 am -12 pm. Walk ins are welcome. 

When should I refer a student to the Counseling Center?

If you notice the following issues or changes in behavior in a student, please consider referring the student:

  • Abrupt changes in behavior, hygiene or appearance
  • Anxiety about a family situation or a relationship difficulty
  • Bizarre behavior or disjointed thoughts
  • Chronic fatigue and lack of energy
  • Inappropriate behavior which interferes with other students in the classroom
  • Irritability, aggressive or abrasive behavior
  • Noticeable fearfulness, tearfulness, or nervousness
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Poor class attendance
  • Self-injurious behavior (e.g cutting)
  • Sense of aimlessness-“no purpose in life” or feeling like a burden to friends or family
  • Signs of alcohol or drug use
  • Suicidal thoughts-“I want to go to sleep and never wake up”
  • Withdrawal from friends or family

What should I say to a distressed student?

It is important to talk to the student about your concerns. Asking someone if she or he has thoughts about suicide will not put the idea in the person´s head, but you will provide the person with a safe space to discuss their feelings.

Communicate your concern to the student: “I’ve noticed you missed several classes over the past two weeks. How have you been?”

Ask questions: “I noticed you wrote a paper about death for last week’s assignment. Have you had thoughts about death or suicide?

Refer to resources:

During regular business hours: The GSW Counseling Center 229-931-2708

Anytime (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) Campus Safety 229-931-2245 or 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK                                                                               

Encourage help-seeking: Support the student by helping them schedule an appointment or walk them over to  the counseling center. If you are especially concerned that student is in imminent danger of harming him or herself, or others, call Public Safety at 229-931-2245

Are the Counseling Center services confidential?

Confidentiality of our services is very important to us. The therapeutic relationship and what is discussed by a therapist and client are considered private. Counseling records are not included in any of your other university records.  All information about you, even acknowledgment of your visits, is confidential and cannot be released without your written permission. There are some limits to confidentiality.  Please see our page on Confidentiality for more information.

I think I need counseling, but I´m not a student at Georgia Southwestern State University. What should I do?

If you are employed as staff or faculty at Georgia Southwestern State University you may come in for an initial consultation. 

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