The Counseling Center at TCC

Free Mental Health Counseling

The TCC Counseling Center offers free individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, education, and outreach.

Students can utilize the Counseling Center when they need mental health support for depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, ADHD, eating disorders, suicide prevention, anger, grief and loss, stress, and substance use.

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

For 24/7 support and crisis intervention contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or 1 (800) 273-8255. 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 is located at 2626 Capital Medical Blvd.

Crisis Text LineText “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)



The TCC Counseling Center provides both in-person and video counseling appointments.

To schedule an appointment:

Call (850) 201-7726 

Come into the Counseling Center at TPP 141


Note, please call to cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours in advance.

Information About Us

On-Campus Resources

 TCC Case Management: The 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:  

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

Meditation Room

When allowed the freedom to experience 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.

Meet Our Staff

Clinical Staff

Jimmeal Peterson, M.S.W., LCSW

Jimmeal is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University in 2012. 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, aged 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 focuses on sponsoring teens in foster care during the Christmas holiday. Jimmeal offers a variety of services, including individual counseling and crisis intervention.

Support Staff

Amari Brooks, AA

Amari Brooks is a 4th-year Business Administration student working toward her Bachelor's Degree at Florida A&M University. She is from Tampa, FL, and hopes to pursue a career in Banking. Amari assists with making your first appointment, scheduling, and providing information about the Counseling Center.

Email Policy

Please consider the following information prior to sending us an email:

  • We cannot guarantee that the contents of an email message will remain confidential.
  • Our staff does not respond to inquiries from our clients regarding specific counseling issues via email.
  • Use email for general information regarding services, resources, or other campus information.
  • The Counseling Center front desk staff may use email for scheduling and reminders.
  • Staff access to email is limited to working hours.


Privacy is important to us and sessions remain confidential unless written consent to disclose information is provided.

However, we are required to disclose confidential client information in certain situations, including:

  1. Reasonable suspicion of past or current child, elder, or dependent adult abuse
  2. The client is a danger to themselves, others, and/or property
  3. Court ordered 

The Counseling Center's records are not included in any student or other college records. 

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: 


Other Resources

Basic Needs

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 Ministries: Provides 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

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 TodayOpen Path Psychotherapy Collective

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

Contact Information for Some Tallahassee Psychiatrists

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

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 

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

Additional Hotlines (For Immediate Help)

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

Free Help/Recovery Apps

Rise Up + Recover 

Recovery Record 

Saying When

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 
  • 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 

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


Contact Information

(850) 201-7726

Technology and Professional Programs Building Room 141

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

For after-hour 24/7 support call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or 1 (

800) 273-8255.  

If you are in immediate crisis, please call 911