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. We are located on the main campus in TPP 141 across from the parking garage. 

Appointments

The TCC Counseling Center is open for phone and video counseling appointments. Please give us a call at 850-201-7726 or email us at counselingcenter@tcc.fl.edu to schedule a remote appointment with a counselor. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours in advance.

Hours of Operation

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

For after-hour 24/7 support dial 2-1-1 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  

If you are in immediate crisis, please call 911. 

Counseling Center Brochure

What We Offer

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

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.

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.


Clinical Interns

 

 

Support Staff

Kayelynn Cooper, Administrative Assistant

Kaye 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.  Kaye assists with making your first appointment, scheduling, and providing information about campus and the Counseling Center.

CC therapy fish

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!

Email Policy

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 appointment, 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.

Confidentiality

Federal and State laws, as well as professional codes of ethics, emphasize the importance of confidential communication in a counseling relationship. Client information is confidential unless the client provides written consent to disclose specified information.

However, laws and ethics define certain situations when mental health professionals are required to disclose otherwise confidential client information. These situations are:

  1. When there is a reasonable suspicion of past or current child, elder, or dependent adult abuse
  2. When the client presents a danger to self, to others, and/or to property
  3. When ordered by a court of law.

The Counseling Center's records are not included in any of the student's other college records. Information about the student, even acknowledgment of visits, is confidential and cannot be released without written permission.

After Hours Mental Health Needs

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

 

                               Register Here 

 

Virtual TCC- Counseling Center Virtual Event Calendar

DateTimeLocationEventDetails
9/17/20
1:00P.M.
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2:00 P.M.
Zoom
Anxiety & Stress Management Group
All support groups are open and free to enrolled students. This counselor led group will provide skills and resources for anxiety and stress management. Group members will be able to support, discuss, and collaborate on various skills and topics. Group will meet Thursdays. Register by calling or emailing The Counseling Center.
10/28/20 11:00A.M.   -    12:00P.M.
Zoom
Managing Mental Health in the Era of Covid-19
Sixty percent of college students indicate that the pandemic has made it more difficult to access mental health care, according a study by The Health Minds Network and American College Health Association.
 
Join the Counseling Center at TCC in a collaborative panel discussion with mental health professionals from FAMU, FSU, and 211 Big Bend to explore strategies to address various mental health challenges on our college campuses and in the community. 
Register Here:
Postponed till Spring 2021
 
Zoom 
Healthy Communications Workshop
This workshop will focus on different communication styles and skills. It is free and open to students, faculty, and staff. Call or email The Counseling Center to register. 

 

Mindfulness Moments

3/30/20  Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/3Km70rTOJAI Mindfullness Moment Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Diaphragmatic Breathing. 
4/6/20 Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/CcAT6AU7rgI  Mindfullness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Grounding Object.
4/13/20 Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/N9oH-ZgAhuY  Mindfullness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Progressive Muscle Relaxation. 
4/20/20 Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/mChb_zipDyo  Mindfullness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Mandalas.
4/27/20 Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/Hn65iNbBzCU   Mindfullness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Mindfulness with Chocolate! 
5/11/20 Click here for Video!  https://youtu.be/QuuqmH1FykI   Mindfullness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip:Cold to Hot.  
5/18/20 Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/TSiwLO45Qtw  Mindfulness Moment Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Grounding Technique 5-4-3-2-1.  
5/25/20 Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/v8qMxTLz6So Mindfulness Moment Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Guided Meditation.
6/1/20 Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/I4dcfsUtj0o Mindfulness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Strike a Pose and Stretch!
6/8/20 Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/EEyw5vCug64 Mindfulness Moment  Mindfulness tips each week to help us relax and focus during this stressful time. This week's tip: Create your own Mantra!

TGIF- Taking Genuine Inward Focus

4/3/20  Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/L_Fi0zYMads TGIF  TGIF -  Taking Genuine Inward Focus:TGIF will allow you to practice self care, self compassion, and self reflection exercises in order to be mindful of your own personal state in this current stressful time. This week's topic: Mental Health Check-in
4/10/20  Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/6a_LxscdHAY  TGIF TGIF -  Taking Genuine Inward Focus:TGIF will allow you to practice self care, self compassion, and self reflection exercises in order to be mindful of your own personal state in this current stressful time. This week's topic: Sacred Spaces 
4/17/20  Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/sMxNiW7cPTc  TGIF  TGIF -  Taking Genuine Inward Focus: TGIF will allow you to practice self care, self compassion, and self reflection exercises in order to be mindful of your own personal state in this current stressful time. This week's topic: Self-Care techniques 
4/24/20 Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/Nx_gBT7wKq8 TGIF TGIF - Taking Genuine Inward FocusTGIF will allow you to practice self care, self compassion, and self reflection exercises in order to be mindful of your own personal state in this current stressful time. This week's topic: Self Reflection

Webinars

4/8/20 Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/sOZ0FIqdQGA Webinar Wednesday Topic: Body Love - Learn about loving yourself inside and out.
4/15/20 Click here for Video!    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Run7CwQCIgI Webinar Wednesday  Invisible Illness Workshop: Learn about invisible illnesses and strategies for managing them, especially during this pandemic.
4/16/20 Click here for Video! https://youtu.be/0H7Gva3FFDU Anxiety Education Join us to learn a variety of strategies and skills to help manage stress and anxiety. Topic: Anxiety 101
4/23/20 Click here for Video! https://youtu.be/Pzwv1WtLY-s Anxiety Education Join us to learn a variety of strategies and skills to help manage stress and anxiety. Topic: Cycles of anxiety

Moves to Move You: Yoga for Relaxation with Kaye and Mia

6/5/20 

Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/P98Fyh-LdRI Moves to Move You  Moves to Move You: Yoga for Relaxation with Kaye and Mia. Today's focus: Upper & Lower Body Stretch.  
6/12/20  Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/9arl6WI60T0 Moves to Move You  Moves to Move You: Yoga for Relaxation with Kaye and Mia. Today's focus: Child's Pose.  
6/19/20  Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/WCeiwBUD71I Moves to Move You   Moves to Move You: Yoga for Relaxation with Kaye and Mia. Today's focus: Cat & Cow Pose.  
6/26/20  Click here for Video!   https://youtu.be/2wIlOg-wuy4 Moves to Move You   Moves to Move You: Yoga for Relaxation with Kaye and Mia. Today's focus: Tree Pose. 
 

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.

Local Psychiatrists

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
Phone:(850) 224-2469
Fax: (850) 224-1139
Website: https://neighborhoodmedicalcenter.org/mental-health/

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 AddressPhone
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

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: hsc@coe.fsu.edu 

  • 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: ccft@fsu.edu 

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

FSU BehavioralHealth at Apalachee Center

This Center provides best practice assessment and treatment on an outpatient basis for children and adults for Mood and Anxiety concerns. They accept most private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare, and also welcome the uninsured.  

Phone: (850) 644-6543 

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

After joining as a lifetime member ($49), you can book sessions with therapists who charge $30-50 per session. https://openpathcollective.org/city/tallahassee/

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

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)

  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 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
http://intergroup5.org/

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings in Tallahassee
http://bb.naflorida.org/meetings/

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers in Tallahassee
See a list of drug and alcohol rehab centers in this area:
http://www.addicted.org/tallahassee-addiction-treatment-services.html

Tobacco Free Florida
If you want to quit tobacco, you can find helpful tips here:
http://tobaccofreeflorida.com/

Twelve Oaks Recovery Center                                                                                                  https://www.twelveoaksrecovery.com/?/?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=listing&utm_term=brand

Free Help/Recovery Apps

Rise Up + Recover (iPhone)
An Eating Disorder Monitoring and Management Tool 

Recovery Record (iPhone & Android) 

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)
  • Moodpath (iP)
  • T2 Mood Tracker (iP,A)
  • MindShift (iP,A)
  • SAM (iP,A)
  • PTSD Coach (iP,A)

Suicide Prevention:

  • A Friend Asks (iP,A)
  • Suicide Safety Plan (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)
  • 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 Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE)

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.

Meditation Room
FPAC 207A

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:

Meetup

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 meetup.com. 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

Tutoring

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 | coe-alec@fsu.edu 

This center offers evaluations for ADHD and learning disabilities. It also offers academic consultations and ADHD coaching. 

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