Huntingdon College Counseling Services endeavors to provide professional counseling services that enable students, faculty, and staff to improve their mental and emotional health so they are better able to excel academically, professionally, and personally.
Counseling Services is located on the first floor of Jackson Home, office 112. Counseling Services is open for appointments Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with some flexibility. HCCS observes holiday and vacation days as designated by the College.
Confidentiality is an essential part of our counseling process. All aspects of your participation in counseling services at HCCS, including the scheduling of appointments, content of counseling sessions, and any records that we keep, are confidential. There are limitations of confidentiality, which include:
- If the client voluntarily completes and signs a release of information form specifying exactly to whom specific information can be released.
- If Counseling Services believes, as a result of information shared, that the client is in imminent danger of doing harm to him/herself or others or is in imminent danger him/herself.
- If Counseling Services believes, as a result of information shared, that abuse of a minor child or a vulnerable adult is occurring, HCCS is required by law to report such a situation to the State Department of Human Resources or to a similar agency in another state.
- In the highly unlikely case that a court subpoenas the counselor’s records related to a client involved in a legal case, the counselor might be legally required to surrender them. (The counselor has never been required to do so, but the possibility does exist.)
Eligibility: The HCCS provides mental health services to the full-time students, faculty, and staff of Huntingdon College currently enrolled or employed. “Full-time students” are those students, aged 17 years or older, enrolled at the main campus of Huntingdon College located at 1500 East Fairview Av., who are enrolled in 12 or more semester hours, OR who are enrolled in less than 12 hours but are enrolled in all available hours supporting the progression to graduation, OR who are enrolled in less that 12 hours but who are in their terminal term of enrollment, OR who are enrolled in less than 12 hours but are current residential students.
“Full-time faculty and staff” are those faculty who are under a current full-time teaching contract and those staff members who normally work more than 1,000 hours during a 12-month period.
Consultation: Any eligible student, faculty, or staff member may come for a one-time consultation to learn more about counseling and to determine if counseling is appropriate for him/her. In a consultation, the individual is informed about HCCS policies and signs an Informed Consent form and a Privacy Practices form. If he/she would like to begin counseling, the individual will proceed with an intake.
Intake: Counseling officially begins with an “intake.” In an intake, the client completes paperwork, discusses with the therapist his or her goals for counseling, and is evaluated to determine if treatment at HCCS is appropriate. Please allow 90 minutes for an intake appointment.
Counseling: Huntingdon College Counseling Services offers individual, couple, family, and group counseling, to assist members of the Huntingdon community in meeting their emotional needs and personal goals. Counseling involves creating a safe, therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client. The therapist listens without making judgments in order to understand the client and what s/he wants to accomplish in counseling. The therapist helps the client set and work toward achieving goals. Each client may utilize up to 10 counseling sessions per academic year. Issues that can be addressed in counseling include (but are not limited to): depression, anxiety/stress, relationship issues, academic difficulties, grief/loss, anger management, substance abuse, self esteem, adjustment problems, sexual identity issues, eating disorder/body image issues, and abuse/trauma. Counseling sessions normally last 50 minutes. You do not need to be in crisis to benefit from Counseling Services.
On-site appointments are pre-paid through student fees and are no extra cost to the student, faculty, or staff member. REQUEST A COUNSELING APPOINTMENT by completing the Counseling Appointment Request Form, which can be turned in at the Counseling Services office in Jackson Home or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (note that confidentiality cannot be insured when the form is submitted via email). You may also call the office at (334) 833-4302 to make an appointment.
Kelley Rehm, M.S., LMFT
Director of Counseling Services/College-Based Therapist