Licensed Professional Counselor

Odessa College offers free counseling!

Why does OC offer free professional counseling? Individuals may decide to seek counseling for a number of reasons.  It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed while trying to work through personal problems – to feel “stuck” in a pattern of behavior. When issues arise that begin interfering with one’s life – whether inside the classroom or in other aspects of day-to-day activities – counseling offers a non-judgmental, safe environment in which to discuss those issues. Individuals may seek counseling for:

  • FAMILY ISSUES
  • DECISION-MAKING ISSUES
  • ISSUES WITH FRIENDS
  • QUESTIONS OF SPIRITUALITY
  • GRIEF ISSUES
  • ISSUES OF INTIMACY /SEXUALITY
  • ISSUES MANAGING EMOTIONS
  • PROBLEM BEHAVIOR/SITUATIONS
  • ANXIETY ISSUES

CONFIDENTIALITY

Counseling is strictly confidential. Absolutely no information regarding counseling sessions can be released without the written permission of the individual receiving the counseling.  Counseling sessions are not discussed with anyone outside the session. The only time an exception may be made and confidential information may be released is in these specific cases:  you are a danger to yourself or to others; you admit to child or elderly abuse (state law requires counselors to report instances of abuse); such release of information is court ordered.

If an individual is referred to mandatory professional counseling for a violation of OC campus rules, he or she will be asked to sign a release of information form. This allows the Licensed Professional Counselor to prepare a certificate of completion (or non-completion) to be forwarded to the Odessa College Office of Student Life.

 WHAT COUNSELING SERVICES ARE OFFERED?

Professional counseling services at Odessa College include both individual and/or group sessions. Depending upon the issues being addressed, sessions may be scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Counseling sessions typically last 50 minutes, and do require an appointment. Individuals seeking counseling are free to discuss issues of concern or just ask questions, depending upon their need and comfort level. Unless referred for mandatory counseling for a violation of OC campus rules, it is completely up to the individual whether or not to continue counseling.

CRISIS INTERVENTION

Crisis situations may occur at any time, and can be triggered by a variety of causes, such as serious illness or death of family or friends, stress and anxiety regarding academic performance, financial pressures and much more. It is important to have someone to talk to about crisis situations or even suicidal thoughts, and OC’s professional counselor is that person.

REFERRALS

If for some reason a referral is needed for an individual to seek off-campus counseling, the OC Licensed Professional Counselor will make such a referral as needed, at the request and with the written permission of the individual seeking off-campus counseling

HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

To make an appointment with Odessa College’s Licensed Professional Counselor see below. Intake forms will be filled out upon arrival for the appointment. Every effort will be made to schedule first appointments as quickly as possible.

Contact


Licensed Professional Counselor
Office: Saulsbury Campus Center 211
Phone: 432.335.6743
E-mail: