Counseling is about creating a safe place to talk with a professional about concerns or problems, no matter how minor or serious, which might interfere with personal growth and academic achievement. Counseling services are conducted by appropriately trained and credentialed counselors who are experienced in working with college students of all ages and backgrounds. Our trained counselors utilize two methods to help students – individual counseling and group therapy. Regardless of the method, the focus of counseling is on personal, career, and/or academic growth.
Counseling and Career Services contributes to the mission of Dalton State by aiding in student retention and academic success. We provide student-centered support to currently enrolled Dalton State students. We are focused on improving and promoting mental health and well-being. Our contribution is achieved through the use of short-term individual and group counseling for personal, career, and academic-related concerns, by providing individual and campus-wide crisis intervention, and by making referrals to campus and community resources when appropriate. The services offered by counseling staff are conducted with an appreciation of diversity, respect for others, and compassion for the students we serve.
Below is a copy of the document that is signed during the intake process for counseling.
The goal of personal counseling is to work on resolving personal issues that may be interfering with academic progress or personal pursuits. Personal Counseling is commonly sought out for, but is not limited to, the following concerns:
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All counseling/therapy sessions are treated with the strictest of confidence. Any personal information you share with your counselor will not be divulged to any third party, including parents, faculty, staff, or other students, without your written permission. Under certain circumstances, there are some exceptions where confidentiality may not be guaranteed. These exceptions include, but are not limited to, serious and imminent threat to your life or welfare, or to the life or welfare of another person, or to the college community. Full disclosure and applicability of confidentiality is provided during the first appointment. For more information, please contact Counseling and Career Services.
To make an appointment, you can stop by or call Academic Resources, located in the Pope Student Center, lower level: (706) 272-4429; open Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm. If you have an after hour emergency, call Public Safety at (706) 272-4461. More information can be found under Your First Appointment tab in the above toolbar.
Also check out free and confidential screenings at MentalHealthScreening.org