The Counseling Center at TCC

Free Mental Health Counseling

The TCC Counseling Center offers free individual and group therapy, education and outreach, and crisis intervention. Students can utilize the Counseling Center to gain support for concerns such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, ADHD, eating disorders, suicide prevention, anger, grief and loss, stress, and substance use. 

Appointments

The TCC Counseling Center provides in-person and video counseling appointments. To schedule an appointment, please call 850-201-7726 or come into the Counseling Center at TPP 141. For more information, email us at counselingcenter@tcc.fl.edu. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours in advance.

Location

We are located on TCC's main campus in the Technology and Professional Programs building Room 141, across from the parking garage.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For after-hour 24/7 support dial 2-1-1 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  

If you are in immediate crisis, please call 911. 

 

Counseling Center Brochure 2022

 

WellTrack

WellTrack is a web-based and interactive program that provides you with the skills and tools to help address issues related to mental health. Click here for more information.

What We Offer

Our licensed practitioners assist with:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Mental Health Assessments
  • Outreach, Presentations, and Workshops
  • Faculty/Staff Consultations
  • Self-Help and Referral Information

Who is Eligible to Receive Services?

You are eligible to receive our services if you are currently enrolled at:

  • Tallahassee Community College
  • TCC University Partners (including Barry University, Flagler College, Saint Leo University, and Thomas University)
  • TCC Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Education Development (GED)
  • Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education
  • Florida Public Safety Institute

For faculty and staff seeking help with individual or family personal problems, contact the Employee Assistance Program at (850) 644-2288 or TCC Human Resources at (850) 201-8510.

Meet Our Staff

Clinical Staff

Katherine Strauss, M.S.W., LCSW

Coordinator of Counseling Services

Katherine Strauss is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She obtained her Master’s degree from East Tennessee State University in 2012.  Katherine has worked as a counselor with at-risk youth in a residential setting and with adults, families, and children in a health care setting.  She is passionate about counseling and supporting people through challenging and transitional periods in their lives.  Katherine offers a variety of services, including individual counseling and crisis intervention.


Chelsie Needham, M.S.W., LCSW

Chelsie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and obtained her Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University in 2018. Chelsie was previously a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital where she specialized in adult patients with Mood and Thought Disorders. She has additional experience as a counselor with at-risk youth and adolescents in school, residential and community settings. Chelsie takes a strengths-based approach and often integrates mindfulness with clients. Chelsie offers a variety of services, including individual counseling, group therapy, and crisis intervention.

 

Jimmeal Peterson, M.S.W., RCSWI

Jimmeal obtained her Master of Social Work degree from The Florida State University in 2012 and is pursuing licensure as a Clinical Social Worker. Jimmeal has worked as a Medical Social Worker at a local, short-term, Rehab and Nursing Facility where she specialized in helping patients and their families plan for post-acute care at home or helped to transition them to long term care or an Assisted Living Facility. She has additional experience as a counselor helping adolescent and adult women, age 14-44, identify risk behaviors associated with female wellness and poor birth outcomes. Jimmeal is very diligent about helping her clients recognize personal strengths and healthy support systems. Jimmeal is also an author and founder of The RememberMe Project, a non-profit organization that focus on sponsoring teens in foster care during the Christmas holiday. Jimmeal offers a variety of services, including individual counseling and crisis intervention.  

Clinical Interns

Kristin Gaffglione, BS

Kristin Gaffglione graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and a minor in Statistics. They are currently in their second year of their Master's level Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Florida State University. Kristin has previous experiences working for a Crisis Hotline and volunterring at an adult inpatient psychiatric hospital. They emphasize the importance of self-efficacy, mindfulness, and advocacy. Kristin offeres a variety of services including indivudal counseling, group therapy and crisis intervention.  

 

Erykah Murray, BS

Erykah is a 2nd year Master's Level Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern at Florida State University. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's in Family and Child Sciences. Erykah is passionate about family units and their impacts on the inidivudal. She aims to help clients recognize their reiliency and allow their best self to shine through. Erykah provides a variety of services including individual and group counseling, and crisis intervention to TCC students.  

 

 

Support Staff

 

 

Cara Dillhyon, B.S.

Cara Dillhyon graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in child development. When she is not working at the Counseling Center, she serves as a research coordinator for the Kids, Anxiety, and Biomarkers of Threat Sensitivity Lab at Florida State University. She hopes to pursue her PsyD in clinical psychology in the future. Cara assists with making your first appointment, scheduling, and providing information about the Counseling Center.

  
 

 

Email Policy

We welcome your interest and contact. We also value your privacy.

Please consider the following information prior to sending us email:

Email is not an appropriate medium for individual questions regarding personal issues or counseling. It is most appropriate for requesting general information regarding services, resources, or other campus information. Our staff does not respond to inquiries from our clients regarding specific counseling issues via email. The Counseling Center front desk staff may use email to remind you of your appointments, inform you of a missed appointment, and to send you our no-show policy. 

Confidentiality is essential to the counseling process and cannot be assured with email.

We cannot guarantee that the contents of an email message will remain confidential. While we will do our best to keep your communication private, email usage can be monitored and the content of your personal messages may be read by others. Staff access to email is limited to working hours. Also, you have no way of knowing if a specific staff member is unavailable due to illness, vacation, or other reasons. This means that your message may not be read immediately. If time is of particular concern for you, please consider calling our office when requesting information.

Confidentiality

Federal and State laws, as well as professional codes of ethics, emphasize the importance of confidential communication in a counseling relationship. Client information is confidential unless the client provides written consent to disclose specified information.

However, laws and ethics define certain situations when mental health professionals are required to disclose otherwise confidential client information. These situations are:

  1. When there is a reasonable suspicion of past or current child, elder, or dependent adult abuse
  2. When the client presents a danger to self, to others, and/or to property
  3. When ordered by a court of law.

The Counseling Center's records are not included in any of the student's other college records. Information about the student, even acknowledgment of visits, is confidential and cannot be released without written permission.

After Hours Mental Health Needs

For 24/7 support and crisis intervention contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or dial 211 for our local crisis hotline/resource center.

For after-hours emergencies, please call 911 or go to one of these three locations:

  • Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Emergency Room located at 1300 Miccosukee Road
  • Apalachee Center located at 2634 Capital Circle NE
  • Capital Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Center located at 2626 Capital Medical Blvd.

Mental Health Financial Aid

Justin Dousa-Valdez Fund

The Justin Dousa-Valdez Fund is monetary aid for students with mental health concerns who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships. 

This fund offers a one time payment that can help with: 

  • Emergency housing
  • Emergency utility relief/phone bills
  • Transportation
  • Behavioral health appointments/medication

To qualify students must have:

  • a complete application
  • an assessment with a counselor at the Counseling Center
  • a diagnosable mental health disorder 
  • a verifiable financial need

To apply contact the Counseling Center by phone: 850-201-7726 or email:  CounselingCenter@tcc.fl.edu

 

Counseling Center Event Calendar

DateTimeLocationEventDetails
Coming Fall 2022 TBA
TPP 141 
Total Wellness:
Mind, Body, Spirit
Support Group 
 

This counselor led group will provide skills, resources, and activities regarding the mind, body, and spirit. TCC support groups are free for enrolled students. Students can join at any point in the semester.

 

Coming Fall 2022 TBA TPP 141

LGBTQIA+ Support Group

This counselor led group offers peer support and group therapy for mental health topics relating to the LGBTQI+ community. TCC support groups are free for enrolled students. Students can join at any point in the semester.

 

   

 

 

 

 

Mindfulness Moments

3/30/20  Click here for Video!    Mindfullness Moment Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Diaphragmatic Breathing. 
4/6/20 Click here for Video!     Mindfullness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Grounding Object.
4/13/20 Click here for Video!     Mindfullness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Progressive Muscle Relaxation. 
4/20/20 Click here for Video!    Mindfullness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Mandalas.
4/27/20 Click here for Video!      Mindfullness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Mindfulness with Chocolate! 
5/11/20 Click here for Video!    Mindfullness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip:Cold to Hot.  
5/18/20 Click here for Video!    Mindfulness Moment Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Grounding Technique 5-4-3-2-1.  
5/25/20 Click here for Video!   Mindfulness Moment Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Guided Meditation.
6/1/20 Click here for Video!    Mindfulness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Strike a Pose and Stretch!
6/8/20 Click here for Video!   Mindfulness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Create your own Mantra!

TGIF- Taking Genuine Inward Focus

4/3/20  Click here for Video!    TGIF  TGIF -  Taking Genuine Inward Focus:TGIF will allow you to practice self care, self compassion, and self reflection exercises in order to be mindful of your own personal state in this current stressful time. This week's topic: Mental Health Check-in
4/10/20  Click here for Video!   TGIF TGIF -  Taking Genuine Inward Focus:TGIF will allow you to practice self care, self compassion, and self reflection exercises in order to be mindful of your own personal state in this current stressful time. This week's topic: Sacred Spaces 
4/17/20  Click here for Video!   TGIF  TGIF -  Taking Genuine Inward Focus: TGIF will allow you to practice self care, self compassion, and self reflection exercises in order to be mindful of your own personal state in this current stressful time. This week's topic: Self-Care techniques 
4/24/20 Click here for Video!    TGIF TGIF - Taking Genuine Inward FocusTGIF will allow you to practice self care, self compassion, and self reflection exercises in order to be mindful of your own personal state in this current stressful time. This week's topic: Self Reflection

Webinars

4/8/20 Click here for Video! Webinar Wednesday Topic: Body Love - Learn about loving yourself inside and out.
4/15/20 Click here for Video!   Webinar Wednesday  Invisible Illness Workshop: Learn about invisible illnesses and strategies for managing them, especially during this pandemic.
4/16/20 Click here for Video!  Anxiety Education Join us to learn a variety of strategies and skills to help manage stress and anxiety. Topic: Anxiety 101
4/23/20 Click here for Video!  Anxiety Education Join us to learn a variety of strategies and skills to help manage stress and anxiety. Topic: Cycles of anxiety
10/28/2020 Click here for Video!    Panel Discussion Managing Mental Health in the Era of Covid-19 
 
The Counseling Center at TCC collaborates in a panel discussion with mental health professionals from FAMU, FSU, and 2-1-1 Big Bend to explore strategies to address various mental health challenges on our college campuses and in the community. 
1/20/21 Click here for Video!    Wellness Wednesday Learn how to maintain total balance when it comes to your health & wellness (mind, body, soul/spirit), throughout the semester sponsored by Student Services. In this video one of our counselors, Whitney Heim (Art Therapist), shares a reflection and relaxation technique using mandalas.

Moves to Move You: Yoga for Relaxation with Kaye and Mia

6/5/20 

Click here for Video!  Moves to Move You  Moves to Move You: Yoga for Relaxation with Kaye and Mia. Today's focus: Upper & Lower Body Stretch.  
6/12/20  Click here for Video!   Moves to Move You  Moves to Move You: Yoga for Relaxation with Kaye and Mia. Today's focus: Child's Pose.  
6/19/20  Click here for Video!   Moves to Move You   Moves to Move You: Yoga for Relaxation with Kaye and Mia. Today's focus: Cat & Cow Pose.  
6/26/20  Click here for Video!    Moves to Move You   Moves to Move You: Yoga for Relaxation with Kaye and Mia. Today's focus: Tree Pose. 
 

Other Resources

See below for community resources and additional coping strategies. You can also check out our self-assessment screenings, for questionnaires and screening tests related to various mental health topics.

 

Basic Needs

 TCC Case ManagementThe Case Manager provides support to students experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity, formerly incarcerated students and students previously engaged in the child welfare system.

Phone:  (850) 201-8430 | Email:  CaseManagement@tcc.fl.edu  

TCC Talon's MarketProvides free food and personal items for TCC students who need them.
Student Union | Department of Student Services | (850) 201-8430

The Kearney Center: Provides food, clothing, toiletries, and emergency shelter for men and women. Social services are also available.
2650 Municipal Way, Tallahassee, FL 32304 | (850) 792-9000

Big Bend Homeless CoalitionProvides temporary housing for women and families through its HOPE Community program. In addition to providing housing, it offers assistance with employment, family/child care services, health care, mental health services, and substance abuse services. It also seeks to provide more permanent housing solutions for veterans, those with disabilities, and people with long histories of homelessness.
2729 W. Pensacola Street | (850) 576-5566

The Good Samaritan NetworkThis is a Christian ministry that provides food, clothing, and transitional housing for men, women, and children.
Tallahassee, FL | (850) 297-1113

Refuge HouseProvides emergency shelter for individuals and families who are at risk of violence (including domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking). There is one shelter in Leon County and one in Taylor County. Refuge House also offers a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, support groups, rape crisis services, transitional housing, and legal services.    
Tallahassee, FL | (850) 681-2111 or Toll-free 1 (800) 500-1119    

ECHO Outreach MinistriesProvides food, clothing vouchers, toiletries, baby items, school supplies, and household items to those who need them. This organization also provides furniture and temporary housing assistance to those who qualify for their programs.

1707 S. Gadsden Street | (850) 224-3246

Psychiatrist: If You Have Insurance

If you have health insurance, you may be covered by a provider below. 

Contact your insurance company for a full list of psychiatrists available to you in your network.

Contact Information for Some Tallahassee Psychiatrists

Name AddressPhone
John T. Bailey  1804 Miccosukee Commons Drive #204 (850) 383-9991
Capital City Psychiatry  2606 Centennial Place (850) 205-0189
Pwint Phyu 2300 Killearn Center Blvd (850) 797-1025
James Pfeifer  2019 Center Pointe Blvd Suite 102 (850) 431-5148
Prasanti Tatini 2606 Centennial Place (850) 431-5148
Marie Guildford 227 E. Virginia Street (850) 224-5801
FSU BehavioralHealth at Apalachee Center 1126 B Lee Avenue  (850) 644-6543

Psychiatrist: If You Don't Have Insurance

Neighborhood Medical Center provides primary care, mental health counseling, and psychiatric care based on your income or at no cost if you do not have insurance. At Neighborhood Medical Center, you will first see a primary care physician and can inquire about a psychiatric evaluation during your initial appointment.
438 West Brevard Street
(850) 224-2469
 
Takes insurance OR charges based on your income  
1720 S. Gadsden Street Tallahassee, FL 32301 

Other Affordable Counseling Options

If you have insurance, you can find a website or phone number listed on your insurance card. Visit the website to find mental health providers in your area. Many insurance companies will cover a certain number of mental health counseling sessions. You can find more information regarding these details with your specific coverage.

Helpful search engines:Psychology Today, Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Eating Disorder Concerns

Better Living Solutions
(850) 765-6769

Better Living Solutions is a local outpatient center for eating wellness and counseling services. They specialize in helping people with eating disorders, and they offer individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, nutritional counseling, and meal support every week. Phone consultations are free.

Phone and Online Support 

National Eating Disorders Association (Live chat and texting available)
Hotline: 1 (800) 931-2237
If you’re looking for support, there is a free online community for people to support each other toward recovery. 

ANAD: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Helpline: 1 (630) 577-1330

Hotlines (For Immediate Help)

Crisis Text Line  Text “START” to 741-741 (24/7)

2-1-1 Big Bend (Other resources available)
Hotline: 1 (850) 617-6333 (24/7)
Local hotline for crisis counseling and community resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Live Chat available)
Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255 (24/7) 

Disaster Distress Helpline (Texting available)
Hotline: 1 (800) 985-5990

The National Sexual Assault Hotline (Live Chat available)
Hotline: 1 (800) 656-4673 (24/7)

National Domestic Violence Hotline (Live Chat available)
Hotline: 1 (800) 799-7233 (24/7)

  1. org(Live Chat and Texting available)
    Hotline: 1 (866) 331-9474 (24/7)
    An organization for young people with relationship concerns

Your Life Your Voice (Boys Town) (Live Chat, Email, and Texting available)
Hotline 1 (800) 448-3000 (24/7)

The Trevor Project (Live Chat and Texting available)
Hotline 1-866-488-7386 (24/7)
An organization for LGBTQ youth 

National Eating Disorders Association (Live Chat and Texting available)
Hotline 1-800-931-2237 

ANAD: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (Email available)
Hotline 1-630-577-1330


*If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911.

Help with Drug/Substance Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in Tallahassee

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings in Tallahassee

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers in Tallahassee 

Tobacco Free Florida

Twelve Oaks Recovery Center                                                                                                

Free Help/Recovery Apps

Rise Up + Recover 

Recovery Record 

Saying When

BACCards.com

My Quit Coach 

Free Wellness Apps

Stress, Relaxation, & Meditation:

  • Moving Forward 
  • Breathe 2 Relax 
  • Stop, Breathe & Think 
  • Smiling Mind 
  • Calm 
  • Mindfulness Coach 

Mood Tracking, Depression, and Anxiety:

  • Happier 
  • Finch
  • Moodpath 
  • T2 Mood Tracker 
  • MindShift 
  • SAM 
  • PTSD Coach 

Suicide Prevention:

  • A Friend Asks 
  • Suicide Safety Plan 
  • ReliefLink 

Eating Disorders:

  • Rise Up + Recover: An Eating Disorder Monitoring and Management Tool 
  • Recovery Record 

Alcohol & Other Drug Use:

  • Saying When 
  • BACCards.com 
  • My Quit Coach 

Other Mental Health:

  • Circle of 6 
  • CBT-i Coach 
  • Sleep Diary 
  • Therapy Buddy 

Improving Organization & Productivity:

  • in Class 
  • 30/30 
  • Wunderlist 
  • Brainscape 

This information is from the link http://www.geneseo.edu/health/free-apps 

Expand Your Support System

TCC Student Life

Student Union, Room 185 | (850) 201-8427 | studentlife@tcc.fl.edu 

Get involved on campus by visiting the Student Life Office, either in-person or online. They can tell you about student organizations, volunteering, leadership opportunities, and special events.

Meditation Room
FPAC 207A

When allowed the freedom of experience in yoga and meditation on campus, our attendees have noted significant empowerment to more readily develop and carry self-awareness off of the mat and into the classroom in an administrative, staff, faculty, or student capacity.

Student Organizations

Explore TCC related events, clubs, and organizations. Plus read the latest news on campus activity.

Here's what's going on around Tallahassee:

Meetup

Looking for people who have similar interests? You can download the “Meetup” app or visit the website to see what groups and activities are going on in the Tallahassee area.

Volunteer Leon

Find volunteering opportunities in Leon County.

365 Things to Do in Tallahassee

Read this blog to discover something new to do in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee Events

Browse through the upcoming events happening in our vibrant Tallahassee community. From arts and cultural events to science and history, you'll find something interesting to attend.

Health & Wellness Support Groups

A list of health & wellness support groups in Tallahassee.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

This is a weekly mental health support group in Tallahassee.

NAMI Tallahassee

This is a monthly mental health support group.

Tutoring and Academic Resources

The TCC Learning Commons

The Learning Commons provides open access computing, tutoring and other learning resources to TCC students. Subject areas include math, science, accounting, economics, computer programming, English grammar/mechanics, English for Academic Purposes, reading and writing, and instructional technology.

TCC Foreign Language Lab

In order to assist students on the road to mastering a foreign language, TCC offers one-on-one foreign language tutoring. Students may meet with a tutor during scheduled hours for additional assistance with grammar, pronunciation, and/or composition as it relates to their current foreign language studies.

TCC Student Accessibility Services

Have you previously been diagnosed with ADHD or a learning disability? This office assists students in receiving educational accommodations, academic advising, and other educational support services.

FSU Adult Learning Evaluation Center (ALEC)
Florida State University 2207 Stone Building | (850) 644-3611 | coe-alec@fsu.edu 

This center offers evaluations for ADHD and learning disabilities. It also offers academic consultations and ADHD coaching. 

Self-Assessment Screenings

Online psychological screenings are helpful in determining whether to seek a diagnosis or treatment. If you complete a self-assessment, and you decide to see a mental health professional at the Counseling Center, please print your assessment and bring a copy to your appointment.

Self-Assessment Screenings