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.
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: Kay Gardner, MA; 979-532-6441; GardnerK@wcjc.edu
Richmond: Beverly Marks, MA, LPC; 281-239-1527; BeverleyM@wcjc.edu
Sugar Land: Susan Denman-Briones, MS, LPC-S; 281-243-8422; 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.
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.
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 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.
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.