Counseling Services

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

~ Confucius

Emotional pain, like physical pain, is a signal that something needs to change. Students know to see a doctor for an ache or cough that won’t go away, but where can students turn for support and guidance for the anxiety or feelings of depression that won’t go away? For some students, counseling can be part of the solution.

  • Counselors act as facilitators to help students better understand themselves and the world around them.
  • Counselors work with students to help them understand and explore how their feelings and thoughts influence their choices, decisions and actions.
  • Counselors help students develop more effective coping and problem-solving skills.

The Counseling and Testing Center provides individual counseling sessions, group counseling, couples counseling and mind-body services that are free of charge to enrolled Georgia State University students. Listed below are just a few examples of some common concerns which bring students to the Counseling and Testing Center:

  • Symptoms of stress and anxiety
  • Feelings of depression, loneliness and decreased motivation
  • Difficulty transitioning to a new school or college environment, academic problems or pressures and long-distance relationships
  • Relationship difficulties, including roommate conflicts, family difficulties and romantic relationship concerns
  • Questions and confusion about identity, self image, sexuality, gender or issues related to acculturation and diversity
  • Grief and loss
  • Concerns about relationship with food or body image
  • Issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, abuse or other traumatic experiences
  • Unhealthy substance use
  • Thoughts of doing harm to self or others

While counseling might be helpful in numerous situations, students who are experiencing the following are strongly encouraged to seek counseling services:

  • Unhappiness on most days or feeling a sense of hopelessness
  • Worrying excessively or are constantly on edge
  • Inability to concentrate on schoolwork or other activities
  • Inability to sleep at night or constantly feel tired
  • Experienced a change in appetite or weight
  • Experienced a loss (e.g., a relationship breakup, a parent’s death)
  • Increased use of alcohol or other drugs (including cigarettes)
  • Feeling overwhelmed by what is going on in life
  • Having thoughts about hurting oneself or someone else