Student Counseling Services 

Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides short-term individual counseling to currently enrolled, full-time Wesleyan College students. Individual counseling provides an opportunity to explore your concerns on a one-to-one basis within the context of a confidential relationship. The counseling model attempts to empower you with the resources needed to make positive changes in your life. The counselor and student work together to define and discuss personal issues and reach mutually agreed upon goals.

Counseling is not a mysterious process. It is a process in which you and I work together to overcome obstacles which may be preventing you from reaching your fullest potential. Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides assistance designed to promote the academic, personal, and social growth. The college years are filled with exciting and challenging times for you. It is normal, even expected, that you will encounter difficult or stressful events. However, when you use the resources available to you, there is a much greater chance of success and overall sense of well-being.


AVAILABLE RESOURCES

Campus Health & Wellness Resources

Virtual Care Group Resources: 

The Virtual Care Group provides students free unlimited access to physicians and therapists. The doctors are board certified and the therapists are licensed. Book an appointment with the Virtual Care Group. On-demand crisis counseling is available 24/7. Call 1-866-533-1827 to connect with a counselor or if you have questions about services.

Staff Resources:

  • Jill Amos: Disability Accommodations, Advocacy and Financial Hardship
  • Myrana Craig: Individual and Group Therapy, Mental Health Disorders, and Emotional Wellness
  • Steve Haberlin: Meditation/Mindfulness Workshops/Meditation Space
  • Kathy Malone: Health, Wellness, and Nutrition
  • Kaiya Jennings: spiritual Well-being, Safe Space and Pastoral Guidance
  • Tonya Parker: Inclusion, Equity, and Reports of Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
  • Kristen Hallett: Medical Health, Medication Management, Nutrition, Sleep, and Minor Illnesses & Injuries
  • Tyler Schwaller: Faith and Spirituality, Self-Identity, Day-to-Day Concerns, and LGBTQ+ Support

Jill Amos, Director of Disability and Advocacy Services, promotes and advocates for a welcoming environment while encouraging access and appropriate accommodations for students. She serves as the ADA compliance coordinator and oversees special funding sources for students with extenuating circumstances. She assists students with problem solving, helping to identify appropriate resources on and off campus as students learn to advocate for themselves. You can book Jill Amos at disabilityadvocacyservices.youcanbook.me/.

Myrana Craig is a licensed counselor who uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and various research based therapeutic approaches to empower students with the resources to make positive changes in their lives. The counselor and student work together to discuss personal issues and aid the student in defining their personal goals. Through counseling a student will be able to overcome obstacles which may be preventing them from reaching their full potential. For more information see the Student Counseling Services website or other website resources listed below. You can book Myrana Craig at myrana-craig-counseling.youcanbook.me/.

Dr. Steve Haberlin, assistant professor in the Education Department, will be facilitating meditation and mindfulness workshops during the semester. Research shows that meditation and mindfulness practices can reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration, and provide other benefits. Please keep an eye out for email announcements on upcoming workshop dates. For workshop requests or to talk about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, contact Steve Haberlin at shaberlin@wesleyancollege.edu

Faith & Service Director, Kaiya Jennings is here to support students with pastoral and spiritual needs. She provides safe space for personal reflection, genuine conversation around life and faith as well as mediation and empowerment. You can make your appointments with Kaiya at faithandservice.youcanbook.me or via email at kjennings@wesleyancollege.edu

Kathy Malone is the Director of Health and Wellness and the HPE Coordinator. She is available to coach you toward long-term health and wellness goals. Kathy can also assist with nutrition counseling, weight room orientations, take your BMI and body fat measurements and teach group or individual CPR/AED classes. For more information and a schedule of classes, see the MAC website. Contact Kathy Malone at kmalone@wesleyancollege.edu.

Inclusion Practitioner®, Tonya Parker,  is our campus equity and inclusion leader. Her office provides support, advocacy, trainings, and other learning opportunities for campus members to be informed, engaged, and intentional about inclusive behaviors and practices. She assists community members with reports of Title IX and Title VI violations, including harassment, sexual misconduct, and discrimination, and works with the Human Resources Director for Title VII investigations. Tonya handles these sensitive matters with empathy and attention to detail. She works with a team of trained investigators and deputies to investigate Title IX violation reports while providing resources and support for all involved in the process. Students should make an appointment to see Tonya Parker via email at tparker@wesleyancollege.edu

Nurse Practitioner, Kristen Hallett,  is the student resource for health-related information. She can assist with the medical management of some mental health conditions, nutrition counseling, weight management, sleep hygiene, women's health, minor illnesses, and injuries. She also handles referrals to both our on-campus physician and off-campus for mental health care and treatment as appropriate. You can book Kristen at Hallett at wesleyancollegehealthservices.youcanbook.me.

As the college chaplain, Dr. Tyler Schwaller can help students process life's big questions. Whether a student is trying to make sense of self-identity, including gender and sexuality, wrestling with questions of faith or doubt, or just needs to talk, Tyler provides a non-judgmental space for reflection, emotional and spiritual support, and affirmation. Students can make an appointment to see Tyler at faithandservice.youcanbook.me or via email at tschwaller@wesleyancollege.edu.

Other Resources:

Meditation Space: Wesleyan’s Meditation Space is located on the third floor of OSP (near Campus Police). Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to use the space for meditation, quiet time, or reflection during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday). However, due to new COVID guidelines, we ask that not more three people use the space at any given time and that you bring your own towel or blanket to put over the meditation cushions. To receive a Meditation Space Agreement Form, which must be completed prior to using the space, please email: shaberlin@wesleyancollege.edu.

Mathews Athletic Center: Mathews Athletic Center serves you by providing fun, active programs to enhance your health and quality of life on campus. In addition to weight training and cardio equipment students can access a large variety of group fitness classes taught by certified instructors. For a full class schedule, MAC hours, and more, visit the Mathews Athletic Center website. 

 
Website Resources

Self-Help:
counsellingresource.com
www.dr-bob.org/vpc/virtulets.html
goaskalice.columbia.edu

General Information:
Crisis Text Line
www.helpguide.org
www.mentalhealth.gov
www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
teenmentalhealth.org
psychcentral.com
www.nami.org
https://addiction-counselor.org/resources/mental-health/
https://www.helpadvisor.com/conditions/salud-mental-de-los-hispanos

College Students and Mental Health:
www.activeminds.org/index.php
www.ulifeline.org
www.jedfoundation.org
www.halfofus.com
www.loveislouder.com

Transition to College:
www.transitionyear.org/
www.psychologytoday.com

Alcohol and Other Drugs Resource List

River Edge Recovery Center
3575 Fulton Mill Road
Macon, Georgia 31206
478-803-7600
www.river-edge.org/addiction-recovery

Twin Lakes Recovery Center, Monroe, GA
twinlakesrecoverycenter.com

Bluff Plantation, Augusta, GA
www.bluffplantation.com

Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery, Ball Ground, GA
www.blueridgemountainrecovery.com

Georgia Pines, Thomasville, GA
georgiapines.net

Willingway, Statesboro, GA
https://willingway.com

Ridgeway Institute, Smyrna, GA
ridgeviewinstitute.com

Drug & Alcohol Addiction:  
www.drugabuse.gov
www.addictioneducationsociety.org
www.addictioncenter.com/addiction
www.addiction-treatment-services.com
www.alcoholrhabhelp.org

ADHD:
www.additudemag.com
www.help4adhd.org
www.totallyadd.com

Anxiety:
www.anxietynetwork.com
www.adaa.org
www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders

Bipolar Disorder:
www.bphope.com
www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home

Depression:
www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/dealing-with-depression.htm
studentsagainstdepression.org

Eating Disorders:
www.anad.org
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
www.eatingdisorderhope.com/programs
www.something-fishy.org

LBGTQ:
www.campuspride.org
www.thetrevorproject.org
www.glaad.org
www.glbthotline.org/hotline.html

Psychosis:
www.nami.org/psychosis
www.psychguides.com/guides/psychosis-symptoms-causes-and-effects/
www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/psychosis

Self-Injury:
www.sioutreach.org
www.twloha.com
www.selfinjury.com

Sexual Assault:
National Sexual Assault Support Hotline - 800-655-HOPE
www.metoomvmt.org
www.rainn.org

Suicide:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255(TALK)
www.thetrevorproject.org
www.sprc.org
www.afsp.org
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
www.suicide.org/college-student-suicide.html

Self-Help Booklists from Goodreads.com
www.goodreads.com/list/tag/self-help

Online Mental Health Screenings:
screening.mentalhealthscreening.org
dbsalliance.org

24/7 Crisis Resources:
www.crisistextline.org/get-help-now/
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
www.mygcal.com
Life-Line: (478) 741-1355 or (800) 548-4221

Local Resources

Piedmont Healthcare (Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health)
LifeLine 24-Hour Crisis Help Line
(478) 741-1355 or (800) 548-4221
340 Hospital Drive, Bldg E
Macon, GA 31217
coliseumhealthsystem.com/our-services/behavioral-health/

River Edge Behavioral Health Center
175 Emery Highway
Macon, Georgia 31217
478-803-7600
www.river-edge.org/

Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia
(Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence)
24-Hour Crisis Hotline
478-745-9292
cl-sh.org/

Navicent Health
777 Hemlock Street
Macon, GA 31201
478-633-1000
www.navicenthealth.org/

 

Alcohol and Other Drugs Resource List

River Edge Recovery Center
3575 Fulton Mill Road
Macon, Georgia 31206
(478) 803-7600
www.river-edge.org/addiction-recovery

Twin Lakes Recovery Center
Monroe, GA
twinlakesrecoverycenter.com

Bluff Plantation
Augusta, GA
www.bluffplantation.com/

Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery
Ball Ground, GA
www.blueridgemountainrecovery.com

Georgia Pines
Thomasville, GA
georgiapines.net

Willingway
Statesboro, GA
willingway.com

Ridgeway Institute
Smyrna, GA
ridgeviewinstitute.com



Support Groups:


Bipolar Support Groups

Hosted by Dr. Ali Ahmadi and Coliseum Psychiatric Center
For patients, family and friends who want to better understand how to live more productively with bipolar disorder;

  • When: Meets weekly from 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Where: Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health, 340 Hospital Drive
  • For more information, call (478) 741-1355


Hosted by the Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health
Our bipolar support group meets weekly to give patients, family and friends more information about this behavioral disorder. This is the perfect program for people who want to better understand how to live more productively with bipolar disorder or how to give support to a loved one who is suffering from bipolar disorder.

  • When: Meets every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health, 340 Hospital Dr., Macon, GA 31217
  • For more information, call (478) 741-1355

Grief Support Group
 

Helping Hands Grief Support
This group offers emotional support for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

  • When: Every Monday, 2:30 p.m. Every fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Coliseum Medical Centers, Bldg. C, Suite 120

For more information, call (478) 464-1401.


Survivors of Suicide
This group provides support for family and friends of persons whose deaths were intentional.

  • When: Second Tuesday of the month, 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Where: Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health, 340 Hospital Drive

For more information, call (478) 741-1355.

 
Eating Disorders

Tamy J. Blanding
Phone: (478) 714-9803
Email: anadmiddlega@aol.com

  • Meeting time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays
  • Meeting location: Call or e-mail Tamy for meeting location.
  • Group is for ages 19 and older.


Eating Disorders Anonymous
Eating Disorders Anonymous meets in the St. Gregory room (look for a building named "Parish Hall") Contact 912-541-1679 (Kristi Baston) for more information.

  • Meet at St. Francis Episcopal Church
  • 432 Forest Hill Road, Macon, GA 31210
  • every Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

 

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)

namiga.org/affiliate-locations/


Frequently Asked Questions
 

What is counseling?

Counseling is a psychotherapeutic service whereby “normal” everyday people receive help with “normal” everyday problems. The basic premise of counseling is that the person seeking help possesses within himself or herself the resources to solve the problem. By utilizing their skills and creating a special nonjudgmental atmosphere, the counselor is able to facilitate this process. Counseling is:

  • Psychoeducational. The counseling process involves learning about self, origins of maladaptive behavior, options for changing behavior, interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies and options for change.
  • Confidential. The content of counseling sessions as well as information about clients who seek counseling is kept strictly confidential. The only limits to confidentiality are an immediate and severe threat to the life of oneself or others.
  • Solution-focused. Rather than focusing on the past, counseling concentrates on present behavior and the facilitation of adaptive processes. The goals for the process are concrete and measurable.
  • Brief. Unlike psychotherapy, most counseling processes are short term.

All people face difficulties during their lives, you as a college student are no different. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. So, what are you waiting for?

Why are counselors important on college campuses?

College is a very unique time in a person’s life. Some students are very young and away from home for the first time. Other students may be going back to school with the responsibility of a family to start a new career. No matter their reason for being in college, the lessons learned and obstacles overcome during their college years can provide a wonderful opportunity for emotional growth and maturity. However, these lessons and obstacles can also result in negative consequences such as overwhelming stress, psychological problems, and academic difficulties that affect the performance of the student. Counseling services are designed to assist students with addressing the difficulties that they encounter during these years and to promote greater overall wellness within the student population.

What concerns do college students bring to counseling?

Students come to counseling with many concerns. Here are a few examples:

  • Lifestyle Adjustments: homesickness, making friends, time management/procrastination, cultural adaptation
  • Personal Identity: self-esteem/independence, decision making, anxiety/stress, questioning sexual identity
  • Relationships: parents, friends, roommates, boyfriends, girlfriends, unhealthy relationships
  • Academics: school work/grades, need to withdraw from school, performance anxiety
  • Depression: chronic depression, ups and downs, family concerns

Health and Wellness: binge drinking, body image, unhealthy eating patterns, STDs, sexual assault

What are some myths about counseling.

People cannot change.

FACT: Important changes often take time and energy in order to occur. Although many people feel some relief and improved mood after only a couple of sessions, counseling will not provide a quick fix to your problems. Counseling can help you work toward meaningful life change over the long term, in addition to helping you manage current difficulties more effectively.
 

I must have severe problems to see the counselor.

FACT: Seeing a counselor does not mean that you are mentally ill or "crazy." In addition to addressing more serious emotional problems, counseling can help with: life transitions adjusting to new surroundings difficulty juggling school, work, family, and other responsibilities academic problems, difficulty in test-taking and/or test anxiety struggles with self-esteem, communication, or assertiveness relationship problems

I am the only one who feels the way I do.

FACT: While each person presents to counseling with their own unique concerns, many of those concerns are similar to their peers.

My mental health has nothing to do with my academic performance, my relationships, social skills, and friendships.

FACT: Mental health affects all aspects of our lives and daily functioning.

Counselors “fix” problems

FACT: Counseling is not a quick cure for your problems. The counselor is there to help you explore your feelings, thoughts, and concerns; to examine your options; and to assist you in achieving the goals you have set.

What services are provided through student counseling services?

Services include individual therapy, consultant and referral services, and outreach programming.

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments may be made with our counselor, Myrana Craig, online.

Appointments last approximately 45 minutes. Sessions are limited to a maximum of 4-6 sessions this semester. If a longer-term therapy experience or more intensive treatment is desired or clinically-indicated, then a referral to a private therapist or community service will be made as early as possible.

In order to be fair to all students and ensure access and availability to the counselor, there will be a no show fee of $20. Students who make an appointment and do not show and do not cancel 24 hours in advance will be charged a $20 no show fee.

Confidentiality

All information within the counseling treatment is confidential. Information may only be disclosed with the student’s written permission. A student under the age of 18 must have parental consent to seek counseling services.

Confidentiality does not apply to the following situations:

  • Threat to self
  • Threat to others

Reported or suspected physical or sexual abuse of a child (under age 18), disabled adult, or the elderly

Are counseling records a part of my academic record?

No. Counseling records are separate from a student’s academic record. Counseling records are kept by the Counseling Office for a minimum of 7 years and are then destroyed.

What should I do in case of emergency?

In a life threatening emergency call 911 immediately. Then call Campus Police at (478) 960-7969 or (478) 757-5145.

For non-life threatening urgent matters during normal business hours (Monday—Friday, 8:30am—5:00pm), students may walk-in or call Student Affairs main office at (478) 757-5214. After hours and on holidays and weekends, students should call Wesleyan College Campus Police at (478) 960-7969 or (478) 757-5145.

What services are not provided through student counseling?

There are some mental health-related services that student counseling services is unable to provide (e.g., learning disability assessment, long-term psychotherapy). If one of these services is required, students will be provided assistance with the referral process. Please be aware that these services generally involve a fee. In some cases, health insurance may cover some of the costs. Referrals will be made as necessary.

Questions? Contact Myrana Craig at mcraig@wesleyancollege.edu

Student Counseling Services
9am-3pm / Monday – Friday
Olive Swann Porter Building
Student Affairs:
(478) 757-4024
or (478) 757-5214
Fax: (478) 757-4027

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