GTCC is offering telebehavioral health counseling sessions to students who are currently enrolled and living in Georgia. Students interested in these services should reach out to CARE at (404) 894-3498 in order to schedule an initial CARE assessment and to be connected to services.
Current clients can continue to reach their GTCC counselor via email.
In addition to telebehavioral health counseling sessions with students, satellite counselors will offer "virtual consultation" hours where students can consult briefly with a counselor about a specific, non-emergency concern or can learn more about mental health resources on campus.
Email one of the counselors below to schedule a virtual consultation.
- Fran Exley (Location: Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts) can be reached at
- Kevin Buckins (Location: Scheller College of Business) can be reached at
- Rabi Jamar (Location: College of Computing) can be reached at
- Shiraz Karaa (Location: Mechanical Engineering) can be reached at
- Tara Holdampf (Location: College of Sciences) can be reached at
Satellite locations improve accessibility for students by providing counseling in places where students spend most of their time. Placing a counselor in an academic department helps to destigmatize mental health and may serve those who might hesitate to go to our central location for counseling. We hope to reach students who might not have otherwise sought out services. Additionally, faculty and staff will have convenient access to counselors for consultation about a student of concern.
Program expansion plans include hiring 4 additional satellite counselors in these Colleges:
- College of Engineering--3 current openings, locations TBD, actively reviewing applicants for these positions.
- College of Design--1 current opening, actively reviewing applicants for this position.
Counselors’ schedules include a variety of functions such as brief walk-in consultations to students, walk-in consultations for faculty and staff regarding a student, psychoeducational workshops and outreach, individual counseling, and group counseling. Students who are wishing to formally access mental health services as clients will need to go through GT CARE (Center for Assessment, Referral and Education)*.
Students wishing to access the Satellite Counselor and Mental Health Services:
Walk-in consultation hours for students (approximately 5-6 hours/week) will be posted and typically last approximately 15 minutes. The consultation can be used to learn more about counseling services or briefly address a concern. If after the consultation ongoing counseling services are deemed appropriate, the student will be referred to CARE * for an initial assessment. After the assessment, services which could be recommended may include psycho-educational workshops, group counseling, off-campus referrals, or brief individual counseling. If on-campus brief counseling is recommended, the student will be assigned to the next available counselor (and not necessarily the Satellite counselor, although the student can make the request).
* At the Center for Assessment, Referral and Education (CARE) students are seen on a walk-in basis during office hours. CARE is located on the first floor of the Smithgall Student Services (Flag) Building, off of the main atrium. For more information, call 404-894-3498 or visit care.gatech.edu