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About PCC Counseling

Who we are

PCC counselors hold master’s or doctoral degrees in counseling, social work, psychology or closely related fields. Most are licensed or certified by state or national boards. Our mission is to assist a diverse population of learners to develop and accomplish personal, educational, and career goals in an atmosphere that encourages the full realization of each individual’s potential.

What we do

PCC offers free, short-term counseling to currently enrolled students (excluding Community Education). Service eligibility begins two weeks prior to a given term. In counseling, we discuss personal concerns students may be facing and work with students to develop new ways of addressing concerns. Many concerns are addressed within eight sessions or less.

Personal counseling
  • Addiction concerns
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness
  • Cultural identity
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Goal-setting and decision-making
  • LGBTQIA+ identity
  • Loss and grief
  • Men’s issues
  • Mental health information and referrals
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Stress management strategies
  • Title IX issues
    • Dating and domestic violence
    • Gender equity
    • Sexual harassment and sexual assault
    • Stalking
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Women’s issues
Career counseling
  • Career classes or individual appointments
  • Career interest and personality type inventory assessments
  • Assistance to choose or change careers
  • Interpretation of self-assessment tools for interests, skills, values and personality type
  • Referrals to the Career Exploration Centers for career research, internet resources, résumés, informational interviewing and job shadowing
  • Career decision-making
  • Educational goal setting to support career choice
Crisis counseling
  • Individual short-term crisis intervention for students suffering from acute emotional distress
  • Support, assessment and appropriate referrals
Resource and referral
  • Support navigating PCC student support services
  • Connection to PCC resources
  • Identification and referral to community based resources
  • Assistance applying for resources
College success and retention
  • Adjusting to an academic culture
  • Navigating college systems
  • Older learner concerns
  • Time-management skills
  • Identifying learning barriers
  • Motivation toward academic goals
  • Balancing school, work and family
  • Reducing test anxiety
  • College grievances or complaints
  • Referral to campus learning support services
  • Coping with problems in classes
  • Scholarships and other financial resources
  • Support and advocacy

Counselors practice under professional standards that prohibit the disclosure of any information that students tell them during a counseling session, unless you authorize your counselor to disclose protected information or under limited specific circumstances. Exceptions or limitations to confidentiality may include: risk of harm to self or others; abuse of a minor, elder or vulnerable adult; health or medical emergency; scheduling; or other disclosures as required by law. Counselors will review confidentiality and limits to confidentiality with you.