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COUNSELING

A Fork in the Road

What We Offer

At Halifax Community College we recognize that counseling functions as an integral part of the educational process. Counseling enhances the students’ ability to cope more effectively with their everyday personal development as well as with crisis situations. Counselors provide support and assistance with personal and social issues that directly affects the students’ academic growth while completing their program of study. Through the use of basic counseling skills and techniques, the Counselors explore the presenting issue(s), offer feedback, and develop coping strategies that allow the student to decide on the best course of action.

HCC Counselors offer both face-to-face and distance counseling via the internet for academic, career, college transfer, disability, and personal counseling to HCC students. Students are encouraged to visit a counselor’s office at any time with issues that may impact their success in their program of study.  Students may visit a counselor to obtain information about practitioners in the local area who provide specific services to meet their needs.

Counseling is available for those concerned with drug and alcohol abuse issues. Upon request, an individual may be referred for professional mental health intervention, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, A.A. and/or other community resources as available.

The Counseling Center serves as the liaison and single point of contact for homeless students attending or hoping to attend HCC. Please contact the Counseling Center for more information.

Counselors assist with recruitment and retention efforts, student enrollment, and developing Success Plans with students on Persistence Alert.

Confidentiality

The HCC counseling staff adheres to the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Included in those standards is a strict adherence to the policy of confidentiality regarding counseling services information that is disclosed. Exceptions for disclosing counseling session information is to be made only in accordance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), when a student presents a danger to themselves and/or others, or if a student discloses involvement in an illegal activity. Disclosure protection is typically not awarded to counselors involved in court proceedings. Students are encouraged to share information with faculty/staff and administration as deemed appropriate.

Office Hours

The Counseling Center is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm and Friday 8:00am until 5:00pm. Appointments can be made for any counseling services to ensure that students have ample, uninterrupted time to gather information to make an informed decision about their major and/or career. Please allow a minimum of one hour for the session.

Walk-in services are available and encouraged for the student’s convenience. Counselors will see students without an appointment on a first come-first served basis.  

For more information, contact

Teresa Mayle, M.S.R.C.
Director of Counselor
maylet@halifaxcc.edu
252-536-7207

Jennifer Jones, M.A. Ed.
Counselor/High School Liaison/Career and College Promise(CCP) Coordinator/SGA Advisor
jonesj@halifaxcc.edu
252-536-7203