The Counseling Center at TCC

We hope that the Counseling Center at TCC will be a place where you as students can feel safe and supported. Life can be stressful, and at times, it may be difficult to manage the demands of coursework along with the challenges that arise in one’s personal life.

The Counseling Center offers free mental health counseling services to all currently enrolled students. Our services are confidential, and you can feel free to read our confidentiality policy. Counseling is provided by our clinical staff, which includes licensed mental health professionals and practicum counselors.

We’re here to help. Students are seen for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, ADHD, eating disorders, suicide prevention, anger, grief and loss, financial problems, stress, and addictions. Our mission is to assist students in resolving their personal difficulties and to provide them with coping strategies and resources so that they can succeed in college and in the pursuit of their long-term goals.

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

During the first four Wednesdays of each month, we offer Workshop Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Our workshops are located in SU 189, and we discuss healthy relationship techniques, how to cope with difficult emotions, self-esteem, and life skills (including study skills and time management).

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

Kara Barrentine, MS, EdS, LMHC, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Kara Barrentine is a licensed mental health counselor. She obtained her Master’s degree from Florida State University in 2013. Ms. Barrentine has some counseling experience working with students, completing her practicum at Florida State and providing counseling services at the Student Resource Disability Center. Ms. Barrentine also has experience counseling adolescents that present with developmental, behavioral, and mood disorders. She worked for DISC Village, Inc., starting out as an outpatient counselor intern in the fall of 2012 and then after graduating in 2013, a full time outpatient counselor for over 3 years. Ms. Barrentine offers a range of services, including individual counseling, couples counseling, and family counseling.

Contact Ms. Barrentine at or (850) 201-8460

Rachel Mock, MS, LMHC, ATR, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Art Therapist

Rachel Mock is a licensed mental health counselor and a registered art therapist. She obtained her Master’s degree from Florida State University in 2007. Ms. Mock has done counseling and art therapy in a variety of settings, including a state hospital, a substance abuse treatment program, two outpatient mental health centers, a correctional facility, and an eating disorder treatment center. She also lived in Guatemala for over a year, where she provided therapy through several humanitarian organizations. Ms. Mock enjoys working with college students, and she offers a variety of services, including individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, and art therapy.

Contact Ms. Mock at or (850) 201-7726.



Call 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.

Contact Us

Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL
TPP Building, Room 141
Look for the double doors facing staff parking and the parking garage.

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.

After-Hours Mental Health Needs

For after-hours emergencies, call 911 or go to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Emergency Room located at 1300 Miccosukee Road; Apalachee Center located at 2634 Capital Circle NE; or Capital Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Center located at 2626 Capital Medical Blvd.

For free confidential telephone counseling, crisis intervention, and community referrals, call 211 or (850) 617-6333.

Other Resources

See below for community resources or additional coping strategies. Also, feel free to take our TCC Learning Commons, which has questionnaires and screening tests related to various topics.

Basic Needs

The Kearney Center
(850) 792-9000
Provides food, clothing, toiletries, and emergency shelter for men and women. Social services are also available.

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. The Chelsea House is a housing program for women and children. CARE and the Good Samaritan House are housing programs for men. The Good Samaritan Network accepts applications for these programs on their website.

Refuge House
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, bus passes, clothing vouchers, toiletries, baby items, school supplies, and household items to those who need them. The ministry gives these items out at their main office (the address above) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m. They are also open on Fridays between 9 a.m. and noon. The ministry also provides temporary housing for women and families who qualify for their program.

Mental Health Concerns

If You Don’t Have Insurance

If you are not covered by an insurance company, you can schedule a psychiatric evaluation appointment with Neighborhood Medical Center.

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

Name Address Phone
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
1210 E Park Ave |  (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

Free Help/Recovery Apps

Rise 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 a Provider 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

Neighborhood Medical Center
438 West Brevard Street | (850) 224-2469

  • If you are not covered by an insurance company, you can schedule a mental health counseling appointment with Neighborhood Medical Center.

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida (Counseling Services Department)
1380 Blountstown Hwy | (850) 222-2180 ext. 1075 (Conact: Kelli Harris)

  • Offers counseling on a sliding scale, beginning at $5 per session.

FSU Human Service Center
1114 W Call St (Call and Murphee Street), Room 2207
Phone: (850) 644-3857 / Email: 

  • Offers free counseling services to students and community members.

FSU Psychology Clinic
1107 W. Call Street | (850) 644-3006

The initial screening is $25; then clients are seen on a sliding scale ($20-$60 per session).

FSU Center for Couple and Family Therapy
540 W Jefferson St | (850) 644-1588 | Email: 

Provides therapy for couples, families, and individuals. The first session is $30; then clients are seen on a sliding scale.

FSU Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
(850) 644-2288 | Note: For FSU and TCC Employees Only

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

  • After joining as a lifetime member ($49), you can book session with therapists who charge $30-50 per session.

Hotlines (For Immediate Help)

Free & Confidential Hotlines with Trained Counselors

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) (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 this is a life threatening emergency, please call 911.

Help with Drug/Substance Abuse

This list provides resources to help quit smoking and using drug 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)
  • (iPhone, Android)
  • My Quit Coach (iPhone)

Free Wellness Apps

This information is from the link 

(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

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)

Suicide Prevention:

  • A Friend Asks (iP,A)
  • LifeBuoy (iP)
  • ReliefLink (iP)

Eating Disorders:

  • Rise Up + Recover: An Eating Disorder Monitoring and Management Tool (iP)
  • Recovery Record (iP,A)

Alcohol & Other Drug Use:

  • Saying When (iP,A)
  • (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 Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement (SLICE) Office
Student Union, Room 154 | (850) 201-8420 |

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.

Counseling Center Workshop Wednesdays

The Counseling Center invites TCC students to Workshop Wednesdays in the Student Union (Room 189) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first four Wednesdays of the month. Students will have the opportunity to access strategies and skills for personal growth and development.

Week 1 – Emotional Management: Strategies for stress, anxiety, depression & other mental health issues
Week 2 – Healthy Relationships
Week 3 – Self Esteem, Identity, and Body Image
Week 4 – Life Skills: Time Management, budgeting, study skills and career development

Meditation Room
FPAC 207A | Wednesdays from 11 a.m. - noon | No registration necessary

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 in Tallahassee

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

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.

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.


Tutoring and Academic Resources


TCC Learning Commons

The TCC 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.

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida (Counseling Services Department)
1380 Blountstown Hwy | (850) 222-2180 ext. 1075 (Contact: Kelli Harris)

Catholic Charities offers assessments for ADHD (and other diagnoses). The cost for assessments is on a sliding scale, beginning at $5 per assessment.

FSU Adult Learning Evaluation Center (ALEC)
Florida State University 2207 Stone Building | (850) 644-3611 | 

This center offers evaluations for ADHD and learning disabilities. It also offers academic consultations ($100) and ADHD coaching (8 sessions for $100).