NOTICE: Counseling Center operations for the remainder of Spring 2020 semester
The Counseling Center is currently making every effort to contact each client who has an appointment scheduled during the remainder of the semester Clients will be encouraged to transition their appointment to telemental health, as long as they are still within the state of G. If the client is not interested or is now residing outside of Georgia, referral resources can be provided. These options apply for our psychiatric services on each campus as well.
At this point, only students who are still in the vicinity of one of our Counseling Centers will be able to have Intake sessions, as telemental health will not be available for Intake appointments (current best practice dictates that clients be seen face to face for an initial session to determine their appropriateness for telemental health). Thus, any student who currently has an intake appointment scheduled, and is not able to come to the counseling center, will be provided with referral resources, as will students calling to make new intake appointments.
Counselors who regularly offer Drop-In Workshops (non-confidential sessions that are based on teaching various skills related to mental health) are working to offer these via YouTube video that will be uploaded to the Counseling Center webpage. We are working out the details on being able to provide group therapy (in a modified manner) via the same platform we are using for individual on-line counseling. Until those details are settled, all therapy groups will remain closed.
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.
Tips for Successful Telehealth Appointments
Choose a confidential location, away from others who can see or hear you. Do not have a telehealth session in a public place.
Non-verbal communication is important for the counseling process! Seek an environment with good lighting where your clinician can see you well.
Eliminate or reduce distractions and plan for unplanned disruptions (e.g. a phone call, a pet, someone interrupts or walks in)
Identified a back-up method (i.e., the phone) for your appointment in the event your technology is faulty.
The Counseling Center at Georgia Southern University is where students can go to participate in programs and receive services designed to help them handle day-to-day challenges and encourage their personal growth and development.
The Counseling Center is staffed by clinicians who provide services on an individual, relationship, and group basis at no additional cost to those enrolled as full-time students at Georgia Southern. Counseling sessions are scheduled by appointment.
The mission of the Georgia Southern Counseling Center supports that of the University in that we consider ourselves partners in the educational process providing assistance to students in coping with personal, educational and psychological wellness concerns. We believe that students are the principal agents of their own growth and offer a variety of services to them and to the university community to facilitate that development. In addition, the staff believes that inherent to the concept of a university counseling center is the goal of training and developing future generations of mental health practitioners. In this way, the Counseling Center not only supports but is also actively engaged in the educational process. Finally, the staff values a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective and a sense of community as essential conditions of university life.
To schedule an appointment, call 912-478-5541 (Statesboro Campus) or 912-344-2529 (Armstrong Campus).
The Georgia Southern Counseling Center has locations on the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses. The Statesboro location is located at building 435 on Forest Drive. The Armstrong Location is located at 7000 Compass Point Annex.
Hours of Operation
The Georgia Southern Counseling Center is open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Counseling Center is closed during official University holidays. The Counseling Center also offers crisis intervention services after hours. For more information about after-hours services, visit the crisis intervention information page.
The Georgia Southern University Counseling Center is an International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. accredited counseling center.