Faculty and Staff FAQ

What is the Georgia Tech Counseling Center?

The Georgia Tech Counseling Center is a student service agency within the Division of Student Life. 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, couples, 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 Georgia Tech Counseling Center?

The GTCC offers a variety of groups each semester.  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 group currently available, please visit our Group Counseling page. 

Who provides services at the Counseling Center?

The Counseling Center staff is made up of Licensed Psychologists and Mental Health Counselors. Services are also provided by advanced doctoral interns and practicum therapists under the supervision of licensed professional staff.

Who is eligible for counseling services?

All students currently registered in a degree-seeking program are eligible for services at the Counseling Center.  A student must be registered in the current semester to utilize our services.  If a student is on co-op or internship and not registered for classes, then they would not be eligible during that semester.  In this instance we would be happy to provide appropriate referrals for services.  See our Referral Services page for more information.

When is the Counseling Center Open?

The Georgia Tech Counseling Center is open Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm, and is closed on major holidays. Students can walk-in to see a clinician Monday-Friday, 8am to 4:15pm.

When should i refer a student to the Georgia Tech Counseling Center?

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

  • 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 functioning 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 Georgia Tech Counseling Center 404-894-2575
      • Office of the Dean of Students 404-894-6367
    • Anytime (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
      • Georgia Tech Police Department 404-894-2500
      • 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 GTCC. If you are especially concerned that student is in imminent danger of harming him or herself, or others, call the GTPD at 404-894-2500.

 

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.  GTCC 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 Tech. What should i do?

If you are employed as staff or faculty at Georgia Tech, you can seek support services through the Employee Assistance Program.