The Counseling Center is now providing services to students who are new to the center, as well as on-going clients, via telemental health. Students who are interested in our services, but have not previously been seen at the Counseling Center may call to schedule an Intake Appointment. Students who current, ongoing clients of the Counseling Center may continue to schedule sessions for telemental health services. Students do not need to be in vicinity of our campuses to receive telemental health services, however, they DO NEED TO BE IN GEORGIA.
Many of our ongoing therapy groups and drop-in workshops have been transitioned to on-line platforms as well. Check back at the start of the Fall 2020 semester for the updated therapy groups and drop-in workshop schedule.
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.