Student Accessibility Services (SAS)Counseling 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 concerns such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, ADHD, eating disorders, suicide prevention, anger, grief and loss, stress, and substance use.
The TCC Counseling Center provides in-person and video counseling appointments. To schedule an appointment, please call 850-201-7726 or come into the Counseling Center at TPP 141. For more information, email us at email@example.com. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours in advance.
We are located on TCC's main campus in the Technology and Professional Programs building Room 141, across from the parking garage.
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.
WellTrack is a web-based and interactive program that provides you with the skills and tools to help address issues related to mental health. Click here for more information.
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
Katherine Strauss, M.S.W., LCSW Coordinator of Counseling Services
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 and crisis intervention.
Chelsie Needham, M.S.W., LCSW
Chelsie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker 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, and crisis intervention.
Jimmeal Peterson, M.S.W., RCSWI
Jimmeal obtained her Master of Social Work degree from The Florida State University in 2012 and is pursuing licensure as a Clinical Social Worker. 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, age 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 focus on sponsoring teens in foster care during the Christmas holiday. Jimmeal offers a variety of services, including individual counseling and crisis intervention.
Keilani Melendez, B.S.
Keilani graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. She is currently continuing her education at Florida State University in pursuit of a Master’s and Specialist degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has prior experience working with the Florida Department of Education in the Exceptional Student Education Services department. Keilani offers a variety of services including individual counseling, group therapy, and crisis intervention.
Monica Lopez, B.S.
Monica Lopez is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Clinical Psychology. Monica has prior experience with counseling since she has previously volunteered with 211 Big Bend and assisted callers in times of crisis. She is eager to help people to overcome challenges and reach their personal goals. Monica offers a variety of services including individual counseling, group therapy, and crisis intervention in English and Spanish.
Helen Fessahaye, B.A.
Helen is currently pursuing her Master's in Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Social Work at Florida State University. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Sociology and African American studies. Helen has previous experience working with adults with disabilities, providing group and individual counseling for women, and working in the Florida child welfare system. She highlights the importance of individauls' self-determination, advocacy, and practicing cultural humility. Helen offers a variety of services including individual counseling, group therapy and crisis intervention.
Cara Dillhyon, B.S.
Cara Dillhyon graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in child development. When she is not working at the Counseling Center, she serves as a research coordinator for the Kids, Anxiety, and Biomarkers of Threat Sensitivity Lab at Florida State University. She hopes to pursue her PsyD in clinical psychology in the future. Cara assists with making your first appointment, scheduling, and providing information about the Counseling Center.
Frankie Lowicz is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Family & Child Sciences from Florida State University. She hopes to pursue her PhD in Clinical Psychology in the future. When she is not working at the Counseling Center, Frankie serves as an undergraduate research assistant for the Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic at Florida State University. Frankie assists with making your first appointment, scheduling, and providing information about the Counseling Center.
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 via email. 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. 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.
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:
- When there is a reasonable suspicion of past or current child, elder, or dependent adult abuse
- When the client presents a danger to self, to others, and/or to property
- 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.
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
- 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: CounselingCenter@tcc.fl.edu
Counseling Center Event Calendar
|Begins 1/27 and will be held every Thursday||2:00pm||
Total Wellness: Mind, Body, Spirit
|This counselor led group will provide skills, resources, and activities regarding the mind, body, and spirit. Register by calling 850-201-7726 or show up at the beginning of group. TCC support groups are free for enrolled students. Students can join at any point in the semester.|
|Beings 1/25 and will be held every Tuesday||1:00pm||TPP 141||LGBTQIA+ Support Group||
This counselor led group will offer a support system to students in the LGBTQ+ community. Students will discuss shared experiences, lend support, and collaborate on various skills and topics. Register by calling 850-201-7726 or in-person at the Counseling Center. TCC support groups are free for enrolled students. Students can join at any point in the semester.
2/14 and 2/17
|11am-1pm||Student Union||Healthy Relationships Campaign||Join us in exploring healthy relationships and ways to support ourselves and others in unhealthy relationship patterns.|
|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|
|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|
|10/28/2020||Click here for Video! https://youtu.be/s92JkMwIHSE||Panel Discussion||Managing Mental Health in the Era of Covid-19
The Counseling Center at TCC collaborates in a panel discussion with mental health professionals from FAMU, FSU, and 2-1-1 Big Bend to explore strategies to address various mental health challenges on our college campuses and in the community.
|1/20/21||Click here for Video! https://youtu.be/JU7OrTkiDo0||Wellness Wednesday||Learn how to maintain total balance when it comes to your health & wellness (mind, body, soul/spirit), throughout the semester sponsored by Student Services. In this video one of our counselors, Whitney Heim (Art Therapist), shares a reflection and relaxation technique using mandalas.|
Moves to Move You: Yoga for Relaxation with Kaye and Mia
|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.|
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.
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.
Psychiatrist: If You Have Insurance
If you have health insurance, you may be covered by a provider below.
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|
Psychiatrist: 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 are not covered by insurance. At Neighborhood Medical Center, you will first see a primary care physician and can inquire about a psychiatric evaluation during your initial appointment.Neighborhood Medical Center
438 West Brevard Street
Fax: (850) 224-1139
Other 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.
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.
Additional Resources: Eating Disorders and How to Help: A Comprehensive Guide - MSW Degrees
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)
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)
- 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
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:
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)
- A Friend Asks (iP,A)
- Suicide Safety Plan (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
Student Union, Room 154 | (850) 201-8420 | DOS@tcc.fl.edu
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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.
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.
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse Dependence
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Anxiety