Scope of Clinical Services

The Georgia Tech Counseling Center is the primary campus provider of psychological and consultation services.  The Counseling Center offers free and confidential counseling sessions to registered Georgia Tech undergraduate and graduate students.

The focus of the initial consultation, or intake appointment, is to determine the nature and impact of the presenting concerns and to identify which options for addressing these issues are most appropriate. If additional treatment is indicated, the intake counselor will recommend the most effective mode of treatment, which may include group counseling, workshops, individual counseling, career exploration, or referral to an off-campus mental health provider for longer term or for a higher level of care. In some cases, the intake appointment is sufficient for identifying ways to address the problems and no follow-up appointments are necessary.

Short-Term Model

The Georgia Tech Counseling Center, staffed by licensed psychologists and counselors, utilizes a short-term model for individual counseling.  Short-term counseling addresses concerns over a few sessions in a solution-focused manner. Typical counseling goals may include facilitating adjustment to college or graduate school, reducing emotional distress, or fostering greater resilience to help students in the pursuit of their personal, academic, and career goals.  Our counselors work in a brief model to facilitate adjustment, healthy functioning, and symptom relief as quickly as possible. Clients who present with persistent and chronic psychological concerns and require continuous long-term treatment, are best served by community providers who can offer uninterrupted treatment and care.

Since therapy issues vary from person to person, the length of treatment is based on goals set by the therapist and client.  While the Counseling Center provides a maximum of 16 individual counseling sessions, most Center clients achieve their therapeutic goals and end counseling in five to six sessions.

If you are interested in determining if individual counseling could help you, schedule an intake appointment by coming to the Counseling Center in Smithgall Student Services Building (Flag Building). 

Severe or Chronic Mental Health Issues

Clients experiencing severe or chronic mental health problems may experience emotional discomfort.  In these cases, the Counseling Center therapist will work to stabilize and improve coping while determining whether more intensive treatment is indicated.  When long-term treatment or specialized services are necessary, the therapist will recommend a referral to community resources.

Students in need of psychiatric services, such as evaluation, prescribing, and monitoring of psychiatric medication, may be referred by the Counseling Center to the Psychiatry Clinic at Stamps Health Services.