About the Counseling Center

Need someone to talk to?

The Student Counseling Center provides student support across the continuum of wellness from psychological symptoms that impair functioning to robust and resilient wellbeing. 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

This fall, we plan to operate largely remotely.  We will offer a range of mental health support services from individual counseling for students who are in-state to virtual support groups, virtual educational sessions, and online mental health support resources for all students regardless of their location.  Students who have elected student health insurance through Rhodes will have access to teletherapy.  Our staff will also be available for consultation when students who are out-of-state request support for determining next steps for care.  We will continue to have after-hours mental health support available by calling our main number (901-843-3128) or our dedicated after-hours line (855-861-9253).  Psychiatric services will be limited to established patient requests for medication refills. 

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. The Counseling Center is located in the Moore Moore Building adjacent to the Refectory.

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


Description of Services

Group Counseling and Support Groups

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 fall, we will be offering a virtual Personal Growth Group to students who are in-state.

We are also offering several support groups that will be available to all students regardless of their location.  These support groups are not therapy groups.  They are facilitated spaces where students will be able to come together to share with one another, to hear one another, and to know that they are not alone.  Support group topics include:


  • Coping with COVID-19
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Impact of Racism
  • Multicultural Stress Management
  • Stress Management
  • Juggling Academics, Family and Life for First Generation Students
  • Dealing with Family
  • LGBTIQ and the Impact of COVID-19
  • Life Balance
  • Wellness Charlas for the Latinx Student
  • Moving through Grief or Loss
  • Stress Management for the International Student
  • Black and Brown Voices at a PWI
  • Maintaining Positive Changes


Students who are interested in joining with other students in the Personal Growth Group or in any of the above listed support groups can contact us by phone (901-843-3128) or email (counseling@rhodes.edu) to let us know.  We will set up a time to discuss participation.   

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

Short-term counseling is available for students who are in-state and who are seeking support for specific concerns that can be addressed within a limited timeframe. Individual counseling will be offered via teletherapy.  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 in-state and 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 email (counseling@rhodes.edu) 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. 

Consultation with Students

Our staff are available for consultation when students who are out-of-state request support for determining next steps for care.  These consultations are conducted over the phone.  Students can request phone consultations by calling (901-843-3128) or by email (counseling@rhodes.edu).

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) or our dedicated after-hours support number (855-861-9253).  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 contact the Student Counseling Center to be seen as soon as possible, and can call our after-hours number (901-843-3128) to access support, 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

Psychiatric services will be limited to established patient requests for medication refills and consultation with students about the use of medication.

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 with Faculty and Staff

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.


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


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.