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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.

Why should I come to the Counseling Center?

Each client has a different reason for seeking services. The Counseling Center offers various counseling modalities and counselors can help create a plan to meet your needs. The following is just some of the many presenting concerns that might motivate a student to come to the Counseling Center for help.

  • Alcohol and/or Drugs Misuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Discrimination or Victimization
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Concerns
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Violence / Relationship Violence
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Sexuality
  • Social Isolation or Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Test Anxiety
  • Suicidal Thoughts
How do I meet with a counselor?

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. This appointment is scheduled for 45 minutes, and follow-up appointments may be scheduled as necessary. During the meeting, the counselor helps the student consider a range of resources and services that may be appropriate, such as participation in one of our Life Skills Workshopsself-help resourcesindividual, group, or couple's counseling, and/or a referral to services offered elsewhere. 

If you would like an appointment for an Initial Consultation, please come by our office on the second floor of the Smithgall Student Services building (Flag Building) between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and allow about 30 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 six months, you will need to complete the initial information forms once again. The last time to begin new initial information forms is 4:15 pm. The Center closes at 5:00 pm.

From mid semester through the end of the semester there may be a wait for an intake appointment due to the volume of students seeking services. Therefore, we recommend planning ahead by coming in to see a counselor before your situation becomes an emergency.

If you are experiencing a crisis that requires immediate attention please visit our page for students in crisis.

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 here for more information.