Counseling Center

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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.

Informed consent statement and confidentiality policy (PDF)

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, decision-making, and spiritual concerns. Common reasons students seek counseling include:

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

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
  • Spirituality Approaches to Coping

Visit  Peer Educators for more information.

Make an Appointment

Make appointments in person or by calling 706-236-2259. Please do not make or change appointments via e-mail. Sessions typically last no more than 50 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 Safety (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 Ladd Center. Enter through the front door and walk around the Health Center and down the hall, or enter through the side door (opposite Townhouses) located beyond the entrance to Residence Life.

All services are free to students except on-site psychiatric consultation. Consultation with the on-site psychiatrist is only available to students who receive therapy from our counselors.

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