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Counseling

Feeling stressed out? You're not alone. College can be fun, but it can also be very difficult to juggle school, work, family and friends.

Like most people, you probably know ways to cope with stress. But if you start feeling overwhelmed or anxious, seeing a college counselor can help you find practical solutions to personal and/or academic problems.

What Is Counseling?

Eastfield College recognizes that you’re a whole person – not just a student. Your academic success depends on your personal development and emotional health.

A professional counselor can help you identify, understand and develop skills to resolve your educational, career and personal issues. He or she will assist you in learning how to find your own pathway to success in college and in the workplace.

Our counselors are licensed professionals and are highly qualified specialists with master’s or doctoral degrees. They offer crisis intervention; brief, solution-focused counseling; and referrals to other agencies or services. They can provide educational and career guidance as well as individual and group personal counseling.

Getting Started

Before the initial interview appointment, a currently enrolled student is required to complete the initial intake paperwork. This is only available digitally in the Counseling Center office, C140. Students may stop by any time during business hours to complete the paper work or arrive 20 minutes early to the first appointment. 

  • Student ID number is needed to begin the paperwork.  
  • The paperwork is required by state law before a counselor and student can meet. 
  • Initial counseling appointments are an hour and follow up sessions are between 45 – 50 minutes. 
  • In fairness to other students and staff, attendees who are more than 15 minutes late will be asked to reschedule.

Individual Counseling

Short term individual counseling may be offered to help students gain a deeper understanding of the sources of their difficulties. These insights are then translated into plans for action that the student can carry out in his or her daily life.  

For issues that would be better resolved through a longer-term individual approach, an appropriate referral to a community provider may be recommended. We are unable to provide long-term therapy, medical treatment, psychological testing, court mandated therapy, or documentation for emotional support animals. However, we can provide referrals to agencies/organizations that offer these services.

Outreach

Eastfield Counseling Service seeks to build a collaborative partnership with faculty and staff to create and present educational workshops for Eastfield College students. Please choose a presentation: 

  1. P.H.A.S.E. Project Overview
  2. Ask About Suicide: A.S.K. Gatekeeper Training
  3. Kognito Overview
  4. Suicide Prevention Workshop

And email Courtney Pickens at CourtneyPickens@dcccd.edu and CC Katie K. Neff at kneff@dcccd.edu to schedule a presentation.

Consultations and Referrals

The Counseling Services specialists are available to consult with faculty or staff regarding the welfare of a student. We can also consult with students about their interest in the field of psychology. Click here for more information on how to approach a student and determine where to go for help. 

Also, click here to report a concern about a student or employee.

Employee Services

DCCCD allows all full time employees and their dependents eligible to receive (6) prepaid counseling sessions at no cost to employees and dependents through benefits in the employee assistance program. Learn more about the employee assistance program on the employee intranet.