Counseling Services

As a student, what resources are available to me at the Counseling & Testing Center (CTC)?
Individual counseling sessions, group counseling, couples counseling, and our Mind-Body services are provided free of charge to enrolled Georgia State University students.

Our 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. Our counselors help students develop more effective coping and problem-solving skills.

Who should consider counseling?
Emotional pain, like physical pain, is a signal that something needs to change.

Just about anyone can benefit from seeking a counselor. No problem or concern you are dealing with is too big or too small. Listed below are just a few examples of some common concerns which bring students to the Georgia State University CTC:

  • Problem solving and goal setting
  • Symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness
  • College adjustment issues such as difficulty transitioning to a new school or college environment, academic problems or pressures, and long-distance relationships
  • Interpersonal difficulties including: roommate conflicts, family difficulties, romantic relationship concerns, and problems with assertiveness
  • Bereavement and grief related to the loss of a loved one (such as relationship breakups, deaths, parental divorce, or other major losses)
  • Questions/confusion about identity, self-image, sexuality, gender, religious concerns, or issues related to acculturation and diversity
  • Concerns about body image, or negative relationships with food, weight, as well as treatment for eating disorders
  • Issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, abuse, or other traumatic experiences
  • Thoughts of suicide, death, or hurting others
  • Harmful behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse, or cutting

However, you don’t have to be experiencing a problem to benefit from our services at the CTC. Students are invited to visit even when they are doing well but would like to be doing even better! Our counselors can provide strategies that will help take you to the next level in your wellness goals.

One the other hand, while counseling might be helpful in numerous situations, there are some conditions in which we would strongly encourage you to seek counseling services:

  • You are unhappy on most days or feel a sense of hopelessness
  • You worry excessively or are constantly on edge
  • You are unable to concentrate on your schoolwork or other activities
  • You are unable to sleep at night or constantly feel tired
  • You have experienced a change in your appetite or your weight
  • You have experienced a loss (e.g., a relationship breakup, a parent’s death)
  • You have increased your use of alcohol or other drugs (including cigarettes)
  • You feel overwhelmed by what is going on in your life
  • You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else