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Counseling sessions will be conducted via video/tele counseling until further notice due to COVID-19.

The Counseling Center has temporarily located to the Hoge Building. To make an appointment, please call our office at 706.236.2259, email counseling@berry.edu, or visit the Counseling Center administrative office in Room 4 on the first floor of the Hoge Building.

It is important for students to understand that phone and email communications are NOT secure and there is some risk of breach of privacy beyond our control. Counselors will do their part talking in private spaces. Student clients are asked to do the same as much as possible, and to discourage having third parties present unless counselor and client have a prior agreement to include the third party.

About Us

The Counseling Center promotes an informed and responsible college culture for optimal mental health and personal development. Services include short term counseling provided by highly competent counseling professionals and educational outreach programs for the prevention of high risk behaviors.

All Berry College students are eligible for services at the center. Counseling is confidential according to state and professional guidelines. Our hours of operation are 8am-5pm each week day. We are closed on College holidays.

Additional COUNSELING OPTION for 2020-21

Virtual-Care-Group-Logo.jpgIn addition to utilizing the two Berry College Counselors in the Counseling Center, students now have the option to seek teletherapy via Virtual Care! Virtual Care Counseling is FREE for Berry Students. Some benefits of this service are students can make appointments 24/7, can meet with a licensed mental health professional within a few days (on average), and evening appointments are available! Getting started with Virtual Care is easy – Activate your account at mdlive.com/VCGTALK or text VCGTALK to 635483.

  1. Enter your name exactly as it appears on your Student ID
  2. Enter your Student ID when prompted for your Member ID
  3. Enter your Student Email when creating your new account
  4. Schedule your FREE teletherapy session with a licensed professional

VC Appointment Demonstration

 

Personal Counseling

When you need an objective, caring listener who is knowledgeable about human behavior, the Counseling Center is the place to go. In personal counseling, a licensed professional offers acceptance, empathy and concern. We are here to help you explore your feelings, thoughts and concerns, learn more about yourself, examine your options, overcome obstacles and achieve your goals. We can help you make choices about new behaviors and ways of thinking and feeling that contribute to more satisfying work, relationships and overall functioning.

All counselors are licensed mental health providers, but we also support students who want to work through challenges in life with self-esteem, identity, loss and decision-making. Common reasons students seek counseling include:

  • Self-esteem and Identity
  • Decision-Making
  • Interpersonal Skill Building
  • Interpersonal tensions
  • Loneliness
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Stress

If you are not sure whether counseling will work for you, come talk with us, and we'll assess your situation together. Make an appointment today.

Outreach Programs

Counselors and Peer Educators often lead group discussions on topics related to student development such as:

  • Stress Management and Resilience
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Safe Decisions with Substances
  • Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Body Image

Visit  Peer Educators for more information.

Make an Appointment

Appointments can be made by calling 706.236.2259, coming by our office in the Hoge Building, or by emailing counseling@berry.edu. Sessions typically last approximately 45 minutes and are usually scheduled in advance. Requests for immediate service will be screened to determine whether it warrants changing the appointments of others. If you believe you have an emergency after hours, please call Campus Police (706.236.2262 or on-campus extension 2262) or 911.

Office hours are from 8 am to 5 pm each weekday.

The Counseling Center office is located in the Hogue Building. Enter through the front door and walk around to the left, to Room 4 located under the stairs.

All services are free to students.

 

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