Accessibility and Resource CenterCounseling Center
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 issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, ADHD, eating disorders, suicide prevention, anger, grief and loss, stress, and substance use.
What We Offer
Our licensed practitioners assist with:
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Couples and Family 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
Katherine Strauss, M.S.W., LCSW
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, couples counseling, family counseling, and crisis intervention.
Whitney Heim, M.S., LMHC, ATR
Whitney Heim is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist. She obtained a master’s degree in Art Therapy from Florida State University in 2011. She has experience working with individuals of all ages with emotional and behavioral issues, developmental and intellectual disabilities, substance abuse issues and trauma history. Whitney has previously worked in an adult day training facility, a residential treatment center, two outpatient mental health centers, and in the school system. Whitney offers a variety of services including individual counseling, couples/family counseling, group therapy, crisis intervention, and art therapy.
Chelsie Needham, M.S.W., RCSWI
Chelsie is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern 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, couples/family counseling, and crisis intervention.
Abby McCullough, B.S
Abby graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and minor in Social Welfare from Florida State University in 2018. She is currently pursuing her Master's and Education Specialist degree in Mental Health Counseling from FSU. She has experience with crisis work and substance abuse. Post Master’s she hopes to continue working with college populations and incorporating animal therapy into practices. Abby offers a variety of services including individual counseling, couples counseling, group therapy, and crisis intervention.
Addison Manion, B.S.
Addison graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Child Growth and Development. She is currently in graduate school obtaining a Master’s in Counseling and Specialist Degree. She has prior experience working at a non-profit, helping underserved populations and working with substance use, crisis, and people with disabilities. Addison is interested at looking at mental health in a holistic light and aims to provide an integrative approach to counseling. Addison offers a variety of services including individual counseling, couples counseling, group therapy, and crisis intervention.
Maggi Noyes, B.S.W.
Maggi graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work with Louisiana State University. She has prior experience working with adults and adolescents in a residential setting and multiple non-profit organizations. Maggi is passionate about her work with marginalized populations and seeks to support people with an intersectional and person-centered approach. Maggi offers a variety of services including individual counseling, group therapy, and crisis intervention.
Kaye Cooper, Administrative Assistant
Kaye Cooper graduated from TCC with her A.A. and transferred to FAMU pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked for TCC since 2017 in multiple departments on campus, one being a Mentor for the Eagle Connections Program. Kayelynn assists with making your first appointment, scheduling, and providing information about campus and the Counseling Center.
Austin Nistler, Administrative Assistant
Austin Nistler graduated from TCC with his A.A. and transferred to FSU with a major in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, while also pursuing certificates in US Intelligence and Unmanned Aerial Systems. Austin is a former Marine and has personal experience with assisting the veterans on campus. Austin also has experience working at the Accessibility Resource Center. Austin assists with making your first appointment, scheduling, and providing information about campus and the Counseling Center.
Freud, Therapy Fish
Freud is a Betta Fish who has been with The Counseling Center since March 2019. He enjoys swimming, laying in his leaf hammock, and providing stress relief to students. Come visit The Counseling Center to see Freud in action, but remember, don't tap on the glass!
Call us at (850) 201-7726. Or visit the Counseling Center receptionist to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours in advance.
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304
The Counseling Center is located in the TPP Building, Room 141, on TCC's main campus.
Our main office is on the west side of the TPP Building. When you get to the TPP Building, look for the double glass doors facing staff parking and the parking garage.
Find the TPP Building on the campus map.
Phone: (850) 201-7726 | Fax: (850) 201-6562
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Counselors are available to see students experiencing a crisis that requires immediate attention on a walk-in basis, Monday - Friday, noon - 1 p.m.
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. The Counseling Center front desk staff may use email to remind you of your appointments, inform you of a missed apointment, 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. Often 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.
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.
For off campus or tele-counseling services, TCC contracts with BayCare to provide three free counseling sessions with licensed mental health providers in the community. For this service call 1-800-878-5470, tell them you are a TCC student, and they will connect you with local licensed therapists.
24/7 Crisis line: 1-800-878-5470
When calling the 24/7 Crisis Line students can receive immediate assistance over the phone from a mental health professional.
For on campus counseling services, students can contact TCC Counseling Center Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM for free confidential counseling. Call 850-241-7726 or come by TPP141 for an appointment.
The Kearney Center
2650 Municipal Way, Tallahassee, FL 32304 | (850) 792-9000
Provides food, clothing, toiletries, and emergency shelter for men and women. Social services are also available.
TCC Eagle's Nest Food Pantry
Student Union, Room 154 | Department of Student Services | (850) 201-8420
Provides free food and personal items for TCC students who need them.
Big Bend Homeless Coalition
2729 W. Pensacola Street | (850) 576-5566
Provides 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.
The Good Samaritan Network
Tallahassee, FL | (850) 297-1113
This is a Christian ministry that provides food, clothing, and transitional housing for men, women, and children.
Tallahassee, FL | (850) 681-2111 or Toll-free 1 (800) 500-1119
Provides 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.
ECHO Outreach Ministries
1707 S. Gadsden Street | (850) 224-3246
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.
Mental Health Concerns
If You Don’t Have Insurance
If you are not covered by an insurance company, you can become a patient at Neighborhood Medical Center. Then you can talk to your primary care physician about scheduling a psychiatric evaluation appointment with one of the psychiatrists on staff.
Neighborhood Medical Center
438 West Brevard Street | (850) 224-2469
If You Have Insurance
If you have health insurance, you may be covered by a provider below.
It is always a good idea to do your own research. Be sure to contact your insurance company for a full list of psychiatrists available to you in your network. Sometimes these psychiatrists are booked, so you might want to call multiple doctor’s offices to see who has availability.
Contact Information for Some Tallahassee Psychiatrists
|John T. Bailey, DO||1804 Miccosukee Commons Drive #204||(850) 383-9991|
|Peter Debelius-Enemark, MD||1616 Physicians Drive||(850) 431-5105|
|Jeffrey Ferraro, MD||2268 Wednesday Street||(850) 205-0189|
|Alan R. Kagan MD||2880 Capital Med Blvd #2||(850) 656-5523|
|Robert W. Miles MD||2236 Capital Cir NE # 204||(850) 321-6512|
|Faisal Munasifi, MD||1407 MD Lane, Suite A||(850) 877-0635|
|Tommy Swiney, DO||250 John Knox Rd #5||(850) 877-3936|
Eating Disorder Concerns
Better Living Solutions
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
Free Help/Recovery AppsRise Up + Recover (iPhone)
An Eating Disorder Monitoring and Management Tool
Recovery Record (iPhone & Android)
Other Affordable Counseling Options
If You Have Insurance
If you have insurance, you may 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, so call to find out if your insurance company is one of them.
If You Don’t Have Insurance
438 West Brevard Street | (850) 224-2469
- If you are not covered by an insurance company, you could sign up to become a new patient at Neighborhood Medical Center. Then you can ask to schedule a mental health counseling appointment there.
1114 W Call St (Call and Murphee Street), Room 2207 / Phone: (850) 644-3857 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Offers free counseling services to students and community members.
1107 W. Call Street | (850) 644-3006
There is an initial screening fee; then clients are seen on a sliding scale.
540 W Jefferson St | (850) 644-1588 | Email: email@example.com
Provides therapy for couples, families, and individuals. Clients are seen on a sliding scale.
(850) 644-2288 | Note: For FSU and TCC Employees Only
After joining as a lifetime member, you can book sessions with therapists who charge low rates.
Hotlines (For Immediate Help)
Free & Confidential Hotlines with Trained Counselors
BayCare 24/7 Crisis line: 1-800-878-5470
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)
Loveisrespect.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)
ANAD: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (Email available)
*If this is a life threatening emergency, please call 911.
Help with Drug/Substance Abuse
This list provides resources to help quit smoking and using drugs and alcohol.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in Tallahassee
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings in Tallahassee
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers in Tallahassee
See a list of drug and alcohol rehab centers in this area:
Tobacco Free Florida
If you want to quit tobacco, you can find helpful tips here:
Free Recovery Apps
- Saying When (iPhone, Android)
- BACCards.com (iPhone, Android)
- My Quit Coach (iPhone)
Free Wellness Apps
This information is from the link http://www.geneseo.edu/health/free-apps
(KEY: iP=iPhone, A=Android, M=Mac, Win=Windows, W=Website)
Stress, Relaxation, & Meditation:
You can read this presentation: Decrease the Stress in Your Life
- Moving Forward (iP)
- Breathe 2 Relax (iP,A)
- Stop, Breathe & Think (iP,A,W)
- Smiling Mind (iP,A,W)
- Calm (iP,A,W)
- Mindfulness Coach (iP)
Mood Tracking, Depression, and Anxiety:
- Happier (iP,A,W)
- Optimism (iP,M,Win,W)
- T2 Mood Tracker (iP,A)
- MindShift (iP,A)
- SAM (iP,A)
- PTSD Coach (iP,A)
- A Friend Asks (iP,A)
- LifeBuoy (iP)
- ReliefLink (iP)
- Rise Up + Recover: An Eating Disorder Monitoring and Management Tool (iP)
- Recovery Record (iP,A)
Alcohol & Other Drug Use:
- Saying When (iP,A)
- BACCards.com (iP,A)
- My Quit Coach (iP)
Other Mental Health:
- Circle of 6 (iP,A)
- CBT-i Coach (iP)
- Sleep Diary (iP)
- Therapy Buddy (iP,A)
Improving Organization & Productivity:
- in Class (iP)
- 30/30 (iP)
- Wunderlist (iP,A)
- Brainscape (iP)
Expand Your Support System
Here's what's going on around TCC's campus:
Student Union, Room 154 | (850) 201-8420 | DOS@tcc.fl.edu
Get involved on campus by visiting the SLICE Office, either in-person or online. They can tell you about student organizations, volunteering, leadership opportunities, and special events.
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.
Explore TCC related events, clubs, and organizations. Plus read the latest news on campus activity.
Here's what's going on around Tallahassee:
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.
Find volunteering opportunities in Leon County.
Read this blog to discover something new to do in Tallahassee.
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.
A list of health & wellness support groups in Tallahassee.
This is a support group through Tallahassee's meetup.com. It welcomes new members, and it provides support to people who are struggling with anxiety.
This is a weekly mental health support group in Tallahassee.
This is a monthly mental health support group.
Tutoring and Academic Resources
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.
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.
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
This center offers evaluations for ADHD and learning disabilities. It also offers academic consultations and ADHD coaching.