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Counseling

We are here to support you. 

Mission:

The Counseling and Wellness Center is committed to offering proactive and holistic mental health opportunities that are accessible, collaborative, and innovative in addressing student wellness needs. These services are rooted in respect, compassion, and social justice.

Vision:

The vision of the Counseling and Wellness Center is to enhance the overall wellness and mental health of our students across identities and experiences. We create space where students feel supported as their full selves to find success as they define it. 

What We Do:

Check out our Overview of Counseling + Wellness Services Video to answer some basic questions about counseling services at TCC.

At Tacoma Community College we have a Counseling Team that cares deeply about your growth and success, and we are here to support you.

The TCC Counseling Team: 

  • Provides online and in person individual counseling services
    • Personal and Mental Health Counseling
    • Career Counseling
    • Academic Counseling & Support
  • Facilitates Mental Health Groups
  • Facilitates Workshops and Presentations related to Mental Health, Wellness, and College Success
  • Teaches in Human Development (HD) Courses for credit

Services are Provided:

  • Online and In Person Individual Counseling Services are offered Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 6 pm.
  • All online counseling sessions will be offered using a telehealth platform called "Doxy.me." This HIPPA and FERPA compliant program (similar to "FaceTime" or "Skype") will allow us to provide you with confidential counseling. 
  • All in-person counseling sessions will be conducted on campus in Building 7- The Counseling & Advising Center. You'll check in at the Front Desk and your Counselor will come get you
  • Workshops, groups, and other offerings will be noted type of facilitation and location

TCC Counseling provides free and confidential help to all students.

We all face challenges and obstacles in college and in life. You may have moments that are not easy to talk about such as personal challenges, mental health diagnoses, relational concerns, academic struggles, and career indecision. It’s difficult to focus on school when you’re feeling overwhelmed in other areas of your life. It can seem like you're the only one struggling with these issues, but you are not. All TCC students can access free and confidential counseling services from our trained staff in areas such as:

  • Academic + Career Anxiety
  • Anxiety + Depression
  • Stress + Loneliness + Identity
  • Indecision + Planning
  • Grief + Loss
  • Relationships
  • Transitional Support
  • Drugs + Alcohol
  • Career Planning
  • Veteran Concerns
  • Suicide + Self-harm
  • Other...

Prior to the first meeting, you will receive an email with the next steps for accessing your appointment (whether in person or with our online platform Doxy.me), as well as links to our online confidentiality and informed consent forms, which will provide us with critical contact information to best serve you.

We are unable to provide counseling services to TCC students who live outside the state of Washington due to telehealth restrictions, and licensing requirements. 

If you are in need of out of state referrals or referrals outside of TCC, please email tccpersonalcounseling@tacomacc.edu. You can also consult with your insurance provider’s directory, or visit the following websites to find a counselor in your area. 

Scheduling an Appointment

SUMMER SCHEDULING NOTE: Beginning at the end of day on Friday, June 14th, TCC Counseling Services will be temporarily unavailable due to a break in the quarter. Counseling Services will resume Monday, June 24th through August 15th on a limited basis for Summer Quarter 2024. Services will be available Monday-Thursday 10am-3pm by one of our Counseling team members. We will continue to provide both in person and telehealth counseling sessions over summer.

Please use the TCC Counseling Bookings page if you'd like to schedule an appointment using the online system for mental health, personal, career, or other wellness counseling. Please note the type of session you are looking for, online or in person. Please also note that the Microsoft Bookings page only shows availability for 14 days at a time. If you are not able to find a space that works for you on the Booking page, you can check back the next day and/or use one of the below methods to schedule an appointment with one of our Counselors.

If you know the specific counselor you would like to schedule with, you may email your counselor directly using the links below.

You may also choose to contact the Counseling Center Staff Email: tccpersonalcounseling@tacomacc.edu.

You can also schedule a counseling appointment by visiting the Counseling and Advising Center in Building 7, or by calling 253-566-5122.

Once your information is received, you will be contacted within 1-2 business days* and provided with the counseling session paperwork. At that time, we will also deliver next steps for accessing your counseling appointment.

*Emails received on weekends and/or holidays may not be reviewed for up to 72-hours.

Clarification Note: If you are looking for help with advising, registration, course selection, and/or education planning, please touch base with TCC Advising Center at advising@tacomacc.edu or 253-566-6091.

Book An Appointment

Meet Our Team

Counseling group pictureAll of our counselors are professionally trained, and college faculty.

 Meet Our Counselors

 

Department Chair, Counselor

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Upcoming Counseling Workshops & Events

TCC Counseling offers free workshops and events to and for the campus community surrounding themes related to mental health and wellness. All are welcome to join us to learn more!

Fall Quarter 2024 Counseling Workshops & Offerings

Time Management: Key to Success in College & Beyond Workshop on 10/9 from 11:30-12:30pm in Building 8 Room 2 / Facilitated by James Mendoza

  • Do you feel like you don't have enough hours in a day to do all your tasks? This workshop will teach you how to think of time as a valuable and finite resource and to use it effectively. 

Embracing a Reliable Friend: A Beginners Guide to Anxiety Workshop on 10/17 from 12:30-2pm in Building 8 Room 2 / Facilitated by Nigeria Bell

  • This workshop will teach you tools and trips to manage and navigate anxiety

Coping Skills: Arts & Crafts Edition on 10/29 from 1:30-2:30pm in Building 8 Room 2 / Facilitated by Lexie Generous

  • All are welcome to attend to learn about different coping tools and create tangible crafty takeaways to use to help care for yourself

BIPOC Women Mental Health Workshop & Talking Circle on 11/5 from 12-1:30pm in Senate Room / Facilitated by Gaby Valdez

  • **This workshop will be centering students who identify as a BIPOC Woman.*
  • The goal of this workshop will be to provide a safe space to students who identify as BIPOC Women. We will discuss identity, increase belonging, and do art collage.

Loss, Grief, & Healing Workshop on 12/12 from 11:30-12:30 in Senate Room / Facilitated by Dave Howard

  • A workshop on the dynamics of grief and loss as well as ways to move forward. 
  • This workshop is a preview to the HD 120: Loss, Grief, and Healing 3credit class to be offered in Winter 2024.

Spring Quarter 2024 Counseling Workshops & Offerings

BIPOC Women Mental Health Workshop & Talking Circle on April 9th from 2-3pm in Building 8 Room 10 / Facilitated by Gaby Valdez

  • *This workshop will be centering students who identify as a BIPOC Woman.*
  • The goal of this workshop will be to provide a safe space to students to explore identity and existence as a BIPOC Woman through discussion and peer support. For more information, please contact Gaby Valdez at gvaldez@tacomacc.edu 

TCC Recovery Student Community Events on May 1st & May 2nd in Building 11- Cafeteria / Facilitated by TCC Recovery Group & Lexie Generous

  • Substance Misuse & Recovery Resource Fair Event from 11-1pm in Building 11 Cafeteria / This resource fair will bring campus and community partners related to substance misuse and recovery for folks to learn more about how to support and/or get involved. 
  • Naloxone/Narcan Training from 1-2pm in Building 11 Cafeteria / This training will help attendees understand signs and symptoms of overdose and ways to prevent using Naloxone. This training will be facilitated by Campus Public Safety. 
  • Stories of Recovery- AA Perspective from 1-2pm in Building 11 Cafeteria / This panel of guest speakers will share more about the Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A) perspective on recovery and folks will share their own stories of recovery. 
  • Stories of Recovery- NA Perspective from 2-3pm in Building 11 Cafeteria / This panel of guest speakers will share more abou the Narcotics Anonymous (N.A) perspective on recovery and folks will share their own stories of recovery. 
  • For more information about the TCC Recovery Student Community Resource & Awareness Events, please contact Lexie Generous at lgenerous@tacomacc.edu 

Diversity Film Festival Screening & Post Film Discussion of Scrapper on May 2nd at 7pm at The Grand Cinema / Facilitated by DFF & Dave Howard

  • Join us in a screening of the film Scrapper, and a post film discussion. For more information, please contact Dave Howard at dhoward@tacomacc.edu 

Grounding Exercises Workshop on May 9th from 1:30-2pm in Building 8 Room 10 / Facilitated by Nigeria Bell

  • During this interactive workshop, we will use wellness techniques to calm your mind and manage stress. For more information, please contact Nigeria Bell at nbell@tacomacc.edu 

The Social Construction of Male Masculinity in America: A Modern Crisis Workshop on May 22nd at 12:30-1:30pm in Building 8 Room 1 / Facilitated by James Mendoza

  • This workshop will examine the forces in male culture that condition boys and men toward violence as well as the dehumanization and disrespect of women. Contemporary media forms such as movies, music, videos, comedians, magazines, and cable TV will be referenced. For more information, please contact James Mendoza at jmendoza@tacomacc.edu 

TCC Recovery Group Meets Weekly on Wednesdays from 12-1 in Building 8 Room 1 / Facilitated by Peers in Recovery & Lexie Generous

  • This open recovery group is for all individuals who suffer with substance misuse of any kind. Group will meet weekly on Wednesdays at 12 for the duration of Spring Quarter starting 4/3/24-6/12/24. For more information, please contact Lexie Generous at lgenerous@tacomacc.edu 

We also have a Wellness Room available for students to use from 9-4:30pm M-F in Building 7. Please check in with the Advising & Counseling Front Desk if you'd like to make an appointment to utilize the space.

  • The Wellness Room offers a space to decompress and take care of yourself. We have a massage chair, light therapy lamps, yoga mats, and more available for folks to utilize on a first come, first served basis. Students do not have to be actively seeing a counselor to utilize this space, but it is not a facilitated offering--just an additional wellness related resource that folks can schedule time to use at their leisure.

More Counseling and Crisis Resources

 

Assistance for staff and faculty

Personal counseling services for staff and faculty is available through TCC’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which can help with personal or work-related problems that may be impacting work performance.

Contact EAP

Report a Concern

Report student conduct code violations, behavior concerns, accessibility concerns, and equity/Title IX grievances at TCC