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.
To schedule an appointment for personal counseling, please call 443-518-1340 or stop by RCF 302.
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.
Short-term (approximately 12 sessions) individual and couples counseling is available to students who are struggling with issues such as:
- Stress and overwhelm
- Difficulty adjusting to college
- Time management
- Interpersonal conflict
What Can You Expect at Your First Appointment?
- Please allocate 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete intake paperwork. This information will help your counselor prepare for the session.
- Your counselor will explain their commitment to confidentiality along with exceptions to confidentiality.
- The first meeting will primarily be an information gathering session, so that you and your counselor can decide the best way to assist you with your concerns.
- You can anticipate being asked to share information about the reason for your visit, history, as well as goals for counseling.
- The session will last 45-50 minutes.
- Many people experience some initial relief as they begin the process of counseling. However, it is not uncommon to experience some uncertainty, especially if you are going to counseling for the first time.
- Your counselor might suggest options for individual counseling, group counseling, and additional resources, both on and off campus.
- To maximize your time, we ask that your limit the use of phones or other devices during the session.
- If you are unable to attend your appointment, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible so that we might open that time for another student.
- If you miss more than three appointments, without calling to cancel or reschedule, you will need to communicate with the Director of Counseling and Career Services before scheduling an additional appointment.
Personal Counseling Staff
Kassy Hargadon-Zester (she/her/hers) 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.
Group counseling generally consists of five to ten HCC students meeting with one or two counselors in a one-hour session. Meetings offer members the opportunity to 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 group counseling 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 participate in group counseling, please follow the instructions in that section below for additional information and an inquiry form.
Group Counseling Inquiry
Please fill out our inquiry form by checking one of the group counseling 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.