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Counseling Services

Counseling Resources for HCC Students

College can be a difficult and stressful time. As you try to juggle school, work and family responsibilities, these demands can sometimes be overwhelming. We have both personal counseling and group counseling services available to provide you support and assistance with coping with a broad range of challenges.

Personal Counseling

Personal counseling provides an opportunity to talk with an objective professional who will keep your discussions confidential.

While you are enrolled in classes at HCC, you are eligible for personal counseling at no cost. During the summer, you are eligible if you are enrolled in summer classes, were enrolled in the previous spring, or are registered for fall. HCC alumni may also be eligible for limited personal counseling, consultation and referral to community resources.

Short-term (approximately 12 sessions) individual and couples counseling is available to students who are struggling with issues such as:

  • anxiety,
  • adjustment to college,
  • eating disorders,
  • interpersonal relationships,
  • depression,
  • self-esteem and identity issues,
  • sexual assault,
  • substance abuse,
  • suicide,
  • stress management, or
  • test anxiety.

 

  • Your Counseling Appointment

    Your first scheduled visit will be an “intake” appointment, during which your counselor may be able to provide the assistance you need immediately. Alternatively, you and your counselor will determine the number and frequency of your sessions. If you would benefit from services elsewhere, your counselor can assist you in locating other resources. To make an appointment with a personal counselor, call 443-518-1340.

    During your first counseling appointment, the counselor will assess your needs to determine the best course of action. He or she will also discuss appropriate service options with you. Depending on your needs, the counselor may recommend you participate in individual or group counseling sessions. If referred for individual counseling, you will meet with a counselor on a short-term basis. Other options might include referral to another on-campus or community-based agency. It is also conceivable that you may leave the initial appointment feeling able to handle the problem on your own.

Personal Counseling Staff

Terry Bates is a Personal Counselor at Counseling and Career Services.  He began working at HCC in 1995.  Terry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Carson Newman College and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College.  He is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC).  His interests include family systems and he works with both individual and couples at HCC.  Terry also coordinates group counseling at Counseling and Career Services.  Prior to his arrival at HCC, Terry served as an advisor at Dundalk Community College. 

Jay Coughlin is the Director of Counseling and Career Services.  He began working at HCC in 2012.  Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Ball State University, and a Doctorate in Psychology from James Madison University.  He is a licensed psychologist.  His interests include relationship and family issues, sleep hygiene, depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention. He provides individual counseling, outreach, and co-leads a weekly relationship group. Prior to working at HCC, Jay worked as a staff psychologist at George Washington University and Frostburg State University. 

Kassy Hargadon-Zester is a Personal Counselor at Counseling and Career Services.  She began working at HCC in 2009.  Kassy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She is a Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist (LCMFT).  Kassy works in conjunction with the Career Links program to provide services and support to single parents and displaced homemakers, which includes a Career Links support group.  Her interests include communication, life transitions, time management, addictions, and depression. Prior to her arrival at HCC, Kassy was an Assistant Director at a Prince Georges County Health Department outpatient addictions treatment center.

Barbara Kass is an Evening Counselor at Counseling and Career Services. She began working at HCC in 2013. Barbara has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas, a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center, and a Master of Science from Loyola University. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and teaches as adjunct faculty at HCC.​

Ashley Luster is an Evening Counselor at Counseling and Career Services. She completed both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Towson University.  She is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in the state of Maryland. Ashley also works fulltime as a transfer Success Advisor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Joy Stephens is the Associate Director, Mental Health Counseling.  She began working at Howard Community College in 2012.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton, a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Purdue University, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, with a minor in Higher Education and Student Affairs, from Indiana University.  She is a licensed psychologist.  She provides personal counseling, coordinates mental health outreach and directs the master’s and doctoral level internship training program.  Her interests include: adjustment, depression, anxiety, happiness, identity development, mindfulness, and multicultural counseling. Joy co-leads the Women of Color Support Group. Prior to working at HCC, she served as a Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Multicultural Programming at Towson University.

Trainees

Adrienne Boettinger is an intern at Counseling and Career Services.  She is completing her Master of Science in counseling, specializing in Clinical Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University. Adrienne has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Mount Saint Mary’s University. She provides both career and personal counseling along with outreach and consultation.

Nyasha Chikowore is an extern at Counseling and Career Services.  She is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Nyasha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication, Print Journalism from Claflin University and a Master of Science in Applied Psychology, Counseling from the University of Baltimore. She provides both career and personal counseling along with outreach and consultation.

Jaclyn Webber is an intern at Counseling and Career Services.  She is completing her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at Towson University.  Jaclyn has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland.  She provides both career and personal counseling along with outreach and consultation.

Group Counseling

Support Groups generally consist of five to ten HCC students meeting face to face with one or two trained therapists in a one-hour session. Meetings are held in a closed and safe environment where members can explore their concerns and feelings with one another. Members receive support and feedback from others as they share their struggles. All members agree to maintain confidentiality.

Some of the benefits of participating in support groups include:

  • Understanding that you are not alone in your thoughts and concerns
  • Receiving new perspectives of viewing your situation and circumstances
  • Becoming clearer in how you interact with others; what do you do well and what would be helpful to change
  • Learning new interpersonal skills that will help you to communicate more effectively in your personal relationships
  • Being able to offer assistance to others who are dealing with similar concerns

If you would like to join a support group, please follow the instructions in that section below for additional information and an inquiry form.

  • Support Group Inquiry

    Please fill out our inquiry form by checking one of the support group boxes below. Once submitted, you will be contacted by one of the group leaders to schedule a brief screening session before the group meetings start.

    Support Group Offerings

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