The Counseling Center is open for the Spring 2021 semester and serving students during the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with current professional recommendations for mental health services, we are providing all services via telemental health. Although a team of counselors is on-campus, no in-person services will be provided except for emergencies requiring safety assessments.
Spring 2021 Current Operations
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic response, the Counseling Center is offering telemental health services via Zoom. This means that students have a wider range of counselors, groups, and workshops to choose from than they would typically (since campus of attendance is irrelevant to telemental health services.) Services provided through telemental health by the Counseling Center include intakes, individual and relational therapy, group therapy, same-day solution sessions, after-hour crisis response, and drop-in workshops. Outreach presentations may be offered in-person or virtually based on the number of participants, venue size, and the topic. We have several on-demand outreach and workshop presentations that can be viewed without even leaving your residence.
To Schedule an Intake
Please call the Counseling Center at 912-478-5541 (Statesboro) or 912-344-2529 (Armstrong). The Counseling Center does not schedule electronically or via an on-line system.
Same-Day Solution Sessions
Previously called screening or triage sessions, if you are experiencing an urgent need requiring more immediate attention than a regularly scheduled appointment, call the Counseling Center for a same-day Solution Session. This same-day appointment is a brief, 30-minute solution-focused meeting to assist with reducing distress and creating a plan for moving forward.
Mental Health Emergencies
All students are reminded that the Counseling Center maintains 24/7 crisis access. Students can call during business hours and request to be transferred to the crisis counselor, or when the center is closed, can call 912-478-5541 and select option 2 from the voicemail menu. In addition, students can access the free Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 for either crisis assistance or assistance with locating a mental health resource in their area. For more information about after-hours services, visit the crisis intervention information page.
*After-hours crisis services can also be used by campus partners needing a consultation about a student of concern.
For Faculty and Staff
If you are concerned about the safety of one of our students, you can call the Counseling Center to consult with a clinician 24/7. If you are with a student that you believe needs to be walked to the Counseling Center for an emergency safety assessment, please call your campus’ Counseling Center ahead of your arrival to alert us of the situation: 912-478-5541 (Statesboro) or 912-344-2529 (Armstrong). Using identified space within the Counseling Center, arrangements can be made for a counselor to do an emergency assessment.
You can also access the HERO Folder by clicking here for additional supports and resources. The HERO Folder is part of the Mental Health Initiative by the University System of Georgia to provide resources for a variety of topics including supporting students in distress.
The Georgia Southern University Counseling Center is an International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. accredited counseling center.