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Counseling and Mental Health

Licensed Professional Counselors are available to provide WCJC students with short-term, solution-focused counseling and referrals. WCJC Counselors are trained professionals who provide an objective and nonjudgmental setting in which students can discuss any number of concerns, including:

  • Stress and anxiety;
  • Family or relationship issues;
  • Coping with grief or loss;
  • Managing academic pressure;
  • And other personal or college-related concerns.

Students who need on-going, therapeutic counseling or those cases where concerns beyond the scope of the WCJC counseling services will be referred to an outside agency or professional resource within their community. All costs incurred by those referrals are the responsibility of the student.

Due to precautions related to COVID-19, all WCJC Student Service offices are delivering our services in a remote capacity.  We know that this may be a stressful time for you.  Please consider these suggestions for decreasing anxieties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact Us

The counseling relationship provides an environment in which a student can speak freely, privately, and confidentially within the limits of the law. Please contact a WCJC Counselor for assistance or referral.

Wharton & Bay City Campuses:  Kay Gardner, MA -  GardnerK@wcjc.edu

Richmond Campus: Ayesha Kadri, MA, LPC - KadriA@wcjc.edu

Sugar Land Campus:  Susan Denman-Briones, MS, LPC-S - SusanD@wcjc.edu

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.  E-mails and phone numbers may not be checked daily and/or during evening or weekend hours.

Safe Spring Break 2021 - Mar 8-11

WCJC'S FIRST VIRTUAL SAFE SPRING BREAK begins Monday, March 8, through Thursday, March 11

Topics to include: 
  • COVID-19 Prevention
  • Healthy Relationships Online Live Workshop
  • Facts on Vaping
  • Alcohol... How Much is Too Much?
  • Protect Your Identity Online Live Workshop
  • Anxiety & Depression Online Live Workshop
  • Suicide Awareness & Prevention
  • Distracted Driving
  • Designated Driver
  • Sun & Water Safety
  • Tattoo/Piercing Safety

Participate daily and complete the Safe Spring Break Quiz for a chance to win gift cards!!

How to Participate - 

Step 1:  Go to the WCJC Home Page, and select Blackboard in the bottom right navigation menu. 

Step 2:  Log into your Blackboard account, look under My Organizations and select Student Resources

Step 3:  Select Safe Spring Break in the left navigation menu.  

Check out the Safe Spring Break Agenda. Each day, you can log in to see that day's content, join the presentation, etc.  To join the online presentations, select Live Events in the left navigation menu and select the workshop you want to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Health and Wellness Workshop Series

Monday, Feb 22 - Decrease Stress and Manage Anxiety
2:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Are you experiencing feelings of stress and anxiety?  Does it feel a little overwhelming right now?  Join us for an informative session focused on stress and anxiety and how to work through them. 

Thursday, Feb 25 - How to Talk to Others ... including Professors
6:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Need tips on how to communicate?  This session will focus talking to others, including the best way to communicate with your professors with clarity. 

Thursday, Mar 4 - Decrease Test Anxiety
5:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Join us for a glimpse into the symptoms and causes of test anxiety, who is affected by test anxiety and most importantly, how to overcome test anxiety. 

Wednesday, Mar 10 - Goal Setting
2:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Learn how to set goals and achieve them for long term success. 

Wednesday, Mar 24 - Healthy Relationships
2:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Find out how to have a  healthy relationship.  This session will Identify healthy versus unhealthy relationships.  Find out how to how to respond to unhealthy relationships and nurture  healthy relationships. 

Thursday, Mar 25 - Decrease Stress and Manage Anxiety
6:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Are you experiencing feelings of stress and anxiety?  Does it feel a little overwhelming right now?  Join us for an informative session focused on stress and anxiety and how to work through them. 

Tuesday, Mar 30 - The Biopsych Science of Academic Success
2:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Interested in seeing the collaboration between psychology and biology in determining academic success?  This session will focus on the mechanics of memory.

Thursday, Apr 8 - Decrease Test Anxiety
2:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Join us for a glimpse into the symptoms and causes of test anxiety, who is affected by test anxiety and most importantly, how to overcome test anxiety. 

Thursday, Apr 15 - Healthy Relationships
6:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Find out how to have a  healthy relationship.  This session will Identify healthy versus unhealthy relationships.  Find out how to how to respond to unhealthy relationships and nurture  healthy relationships. 

Tuesday, Apr 20 - How to Talk to Others ... including Professors
2:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Need tips on how to communicate?  This session will focus talking to others, including the best way to communicate with your professors with clarity. 

Thursday, Apr 22 - Goal Setting
3:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Learn how to set goals and achieve them for long term success. 

Monday, Apr 26 - Grief and Loss
2:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room.  Loss is a part of life and the resulting grief can cause challenges.  This session will focus on coping skills in dealing with grief and loss. 

Monday, May 3 - Motivation and Procrastination
2:00 PM, Virtual Presentation Room. Ever wonder how to increase your motivation?  Thought you would like to decrease procrastination? This session will delve into the science behind the mask of procrastination. 


Counseling Resources and Referral Information:

The following resources provide useful information and tools. They can be accessed any time day or night especially when a counselor is not available.  For in-person assistance or referrals see your WCJC Campus Counselor.

Suicide Prevention

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

Mental Health/Suicide Prevention Information

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Intervention Hotlines

Crisis Text Line or call 713-468-5463

National Human Trafficking Hotline or call 1-888-373-7888, TTY: 711

Veteran's Crisis Line or call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1

Trevor Project: LGBTQ crisis and suicide help, 866-488-7386, text 202-304-1200 or chat online

National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-4673

Texana Mental Health Services Crisis Phone 1-800-633-5686

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Screening: Fort Bend area referral sources as well as free online screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, general anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol abuse.

Texana Mental Health Services: Fort Bend, Wharton, Austin, Colorado and Matagorda counties mental healthcare locator; 281-239-1300

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast: Searchable database of area-wide community resources for a variety of contacts including mental health, disability, housing, medical, and legal services.  Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-833-5948 or 713-957-4357.

Texas Health and Human Services: A state organization that assists people with mental health challenges, substance abuse, foster care, disabilities and families with children who have developmental delays to pursue independent and productive lives. Contact Texas Workforce Commission or Texas Health and Human Services for more specific information as to how they may assist a student in college.

ULifeline.com and HalfofUs.com: Online resources for college students that can help you to learn more about what to do if you or your friends are struggling with mental health issues.

Mental Health.gov: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services resource page regarding mental health and available help.

Al-Anon: Substance abuse help for individuals and family members.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Learn about the many topics that highlight SAMHSA’s efforts to prevent and reduce the impact of mental illness and substance use in America’s communities.

Methodist Hospital Community Support Groups: Grief support, caregiver support, cancer support groups.

 

 

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