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Need someone to talk to?

The Student Counseling Center provides group counseling, short-term individual counseling, and same-day counseling sessions for all Rhodes students. There is no charge for counseling sessions, and what you talk about with your counselor does not become part of your college record.  Some of the things that students come to the Counseling Center to discuss include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma and Loss
  • Body Image, Food, and Health Issues
  • Sexual Abuse and Assault

Students can also meet with a psychiatrist for psychiatric evaluation and the prescription of psychiatric medications.  There is a per-visit fee for appointments with the psychiatrist.  The fee for psychiatric services is billed directly to the student’s Rhodes account, where it is listed as an MD Visit.  No payment is required at the time of service.   All other services provided by the Student Counseling Center are free of charge.  

Call (901) 843-3128, walk in, or email counseling@rhodes.edu to schedule an appointment.

The Student Counseling Center is open from 8:30 – 5:00, Monday through Friday.  To schedule an appointment during regular office hours, please call (901) 843-3128. Appointments are preferred when possible, but walk-ins are welcome and will be seen as soon as possible.  The Counseling Center is located in the Moore Moore Building adjacent to the Refectory.

Description of Services

Group Counseling

Group therapy is the treatment of choice for students experiencing issues that affect their interactions with others in their lives (e.g., friends, family, romantic partners, peers). The group process gives students the opportunity to get immediate feedback from other group members about how they are being perceived and how they are impacting the people around them. This allows for the increased self-awareness needed to create meaningful change in one’s life. Group therapy also gives students the opportunity to try out new behaviors, to express feelings that may generally be more difficult to express, to assert themselves in new ways, and to experiment with new ideas.

This spring, we will be offering seven groups that all students are welcome to join – Personal Growth, Recovering at Rhodes, Healthy Relationships, Healthy U: Coping Skills, Expressive Arts, Sexuality and Gender Identity Expression, and On Solid Ground: A Group for Survivors of Trauma. To participate in a group, please call, email, or come in to speak with one of our administrative assistants about getting started.

Short-term Individual Counseling (Approximately 3 to 6 sessions)

Short-term counseling is available for students who are seeking support for specific concerns that can be addressed within a limited timeframe. Students participating in short-term individual counseling are focused on resolving specific concerns and have clearly established goals for sessions. Often this counseling focuses on reducing psychological symptoms and improving functioning in one or more life areas.  In short-term counseling, students usually see improvement in 6 or fewer sessions.  

Students in short-term individual counseling do not always meet for weekly sessions and are in a place where they are able to go bi-weekly or less frequent meetings without seeing a negative impact on functioning or stability.

The first session in short-term individual counseling is for the counselor to gather information about what is bringing the student in for counseling at this time and to explore options for next steps for care.  If at any point it is determined that the student’s needs exceed the Rhodes Student Counseling scope of care, appropriate community referrals and transfers of care will be facilitated.  Please see the Scope of Care section for additional information.

Same-Day Counseling

The Rhodes Student Counseling Center will be offering same-day appointments to students who are interested in meeting with a counselor to talk through their concerns and to get support.  These appointments are designed to address acute, short-term concerns that can be discussed during that same-day session.  To schedule, students should call (901-843-3128) or walk in to schedule an appointment starting at 8:30 AM on the day that they would like to meet with a therapist.  Appointments will be available until they are full. 

After-Hours Access

When the Student Counseling Center is closed, Rhodes students can receive mental health assistance by calling the main Student Counseling Center number (901-843-3128).  When called, students will be directed to mental health professionals who will provide competent care and support.  This support can be an important resource for students in crisis, including those who have experienced sexual assault. 

Community Referrals for Longer-Term Counseling

When it is determined that a student’s concerns are beyond the scope of the Rhodes Student Counseling Center, we offer community referrals for longer-term counseling and more specialized services.  Students who are not able to wait for two or more weeks between sessions, who may need more than six sessions or who are dealing with concerns that would benefit from specialized care will be referred to community providers for a higher level of care.  These concerns include but are not limited to:

  • Substance dependence with the need for detox or residential treatment
  • Chronic psychological concerns
  •  Longstanding eating disorder that is not in remission or an eating disorder with medical danger
  • Danger to self or others and outpatient psychotherapy is not sufficient to improve functioning
  • Urgent Crisis Sessions

Student experiencing a psychological crisis can walk-in to be seen as soon as possible, can call our after-hours number (901-843-31280), or can be accompanied to the Student Counseling Center by another person, often a concerned faculty, staff, or another student, for a crisis session.  Student Counseling Center staff will meet with the student in crisis and will work to identify next steps for support, such as continued counseling, hospitalization, or an off-campus referral.  If a student is walked over, the person accompanying them will be asked to give information describing their knowledge of what happened to cause the need for a crisis session.

Psychiatric Services

Students can be referred to meet with the contract psychiatrist by Student Counseling Center clinicians.  There is a fee that is charged to a student’s account for meetings with the psychiatrist. Students can request documentation to file insurance on their own.

Campus Community Support

In addition to the Student Counseling Center, there are many other campus resources available to offer student support.

Student Support Training

For all students who are interested in better recognizing signs of distress and knowing what to say if a friend needs help, At-Risk for Students is an online simulation that lets students practice conversations with a virtual student, so they’ll know what to say in real life.

To complete the simulation, follow the instructions below:

  • Log in to Kognito 
  • In the top right-hand corner of the sign in box – click on the orange, “Don't have an account? Click here.” Button.
  • Use your Rhodes email address to create a new account.
  • Use the enrollment key: rhodesstudents
  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Choose your simulation and click “LAUNCH”

As part of participation, you will also be asked to complete a pre/post survey and a follow up survey.

Consultations

Student Counseling Center staff may consult with faculty and staff when concerns arise about how to support a student or a group of students.  These sessions are not formal counseling.  Consultations usually result in a plan for next steps given the specific details of the encounter.

Outreach

Student Counseling Center staff offer outreach programs to members of our campus community upon request. Outreach topics include but are not limited to: recognizing and responding to students in distress, how to promote psychological well-being, tips for coping with stress, and how to deal with adjustment, transition and change. Requests for programs or presentations by Student Counseling Center staff must be received at least three weeks prior to an event.

Please fill out the Outreach Request Form and return it to counseling@rhodes.edu.

Scope of Care

Eligibility

Students who are eligible for an initial evaluation session are enrolled, degree-seeking Rhodes students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.  At the initial evaluation session, a plan for next steps will be developed that may include on campus short-term individual counseling and/or group counseling, a referral to the on-campus psychiatrist, or an off-campus referral for care.  

If a student experiences the need for leave from the College, we can work with them to explore community resources for care since they will no longer be eligible to receive services.  

We do not provide services to non-degree seeking students and non-student employees of Rhodes. 

We do not provide counseling to students who are already receiving similar services from an off-campus provider.  

Situations or Services that are Beyond the Scope of Care

We do not conduct comprehensive psychological evaluations, such as evaluations for ADHD.

We do not provide counseling that is court mandated.

We do not conduct evaluations for emotional support animals.

We will not work with students who are harassing, inappropriate, threatening, or violent with clinicians.

We do not engage in intimate partner counseling when one of the intimate partners is a non-student or when there is active physical or sexual abuse occurring in the relationship. 

We will refer out for off-campus mental health support students who have ongoing problems with session attendance or compliance with treatment recommendations.