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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.

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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