The Counseling Center at TCC

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

Clinical 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.

Support Staff

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.

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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.

Find Us

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.

After-Hours Mental Health Needs

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; 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 and additional coping strategies. You can also check out our Self-Assessment Screenings, for questionnaires and screening tests related to various mental health topics.

Basic Needs

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.

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, 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

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
(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 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

Neighborhood Medical Center

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.

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

There is an initial screening fee; then clients are seen on a sliding scale.

FSU Center for Couple and Family Therapy

540 W Jefferson St | (850) 644-1588 | Email: 

Provides therapy for couples, families, and individuals. Clients are seen on a sliding scale.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

(850) 644-2288 | Note: For FSU and TCC Employees Only

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

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

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 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)
  • (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

  • 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)

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)

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.

Meditation Room

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

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.

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.

Health & Wellness Support Groups

A list of health & wellness support groups in Tallahassee.

Anxiety Support Group

This is a support group through Tallahassee's It welcomes new members, and it provides support to people who are struggling with anxiety.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

This is a weekly mental health support group in Tallahassee.

NAMI Tallahassee

This is a monthly mental health support group.

Tutoring and Academic Resources


The TCC Learning Commons

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.

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.

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 and ADHD coaching.