Our Counselors help students clarify goals and create new strategies to achieve them. Whether your concern is academic, personal, or a mix of both, Counselors are here to assist you.
When should I go see a Counselor?
People come to Counseling Services for a lot of different reasons. You’re encouraged to come see us when you want to:
- Clarify goals for college and your education.
- Discuss study habits and your educational history.
- Improve your academic standing and meet Standards of Academic Progress( SOP)
- Receive short -term personal counseling
- Improve relationships and build a support system
- Explore new ways to take care of yourself
- Connect with resources on and off campus.
- Get information about CPCC degrees, diplomas, and certificates.
- Receive course recommendations (FOR STUDENTS WITHOUT A FACULTY ADVISOR)
Counselors are available during CPCC’s standard operating hours to help students experiencing a personal crisis.
After hours, or if you are off campus, please phone 911 for emergency situations.
Online screenings are available for:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Alcohol Use Disorder
(These free, confidential screenings offer guidance about when to seek further assistance. However, they do not provide a diagnosis and are not a substitute for medical care or professional assessment.)
Please contact one of our counselors to find out more about the above.
What is PCAP?
The Personal Counseling Assistance Program (PCAP) is a free and confidential service provided to CPCC students who are facing challenging times. The student and the Counselor work together to discover solutions for problems and create strategies for successfully meeting goals. When a student can benefit from the services of other professionals, Counselors will provide appropriate referrals.
Frequent reasons students seek personal counseling include:
- Stress and worry
- Feeling depressed
- Struggles in personal relationships
- Parenting issues
- Low self-confidence or self-esteem
- Test-taking anxiety
- Unclear Goals
- Substance abuse
- Low motivation
- Experiencing a crisis
How do I obtain assistance through P-CAP?
Counselors are available during CPCC’s standard operating hours. You may drop by the Counseling and Advising Services reception desk at your nearest campus to make an appointment or phone 704-330-6433. Please specify that you want an appointment for personal counseling.
In emergency situations, whenever possible, students will be seen without an appointment.
After hours, or if you are off campus, please phone 911 for emergency situations.
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CPCC’s Counseling Services provides personal and academic counseling to current students, as well as crisis intervention for students who are suicidal, confused, involved in unsafe relationships, or experiencing other emergencies. Our services are provided during the College’s operating hours; after hours or when off-campus, students can find a variety of resources for a host of concerns on the websites listed below.
** In a life-threatening emergency, please dial 9-1-1 immediately for assistance **
- Mobile Crisis Team (https://www.thesantegroup.org/mecklenburg-county-crisis)
A 24/7 contact for Mecklenburg County residents experiencing a mental health emergency or seeking help for someone who is.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)
A 24/7 suicide crisis line and information resource.
- Safe Alliance (http://www.safealliance.org/)
A 24/7 helpline for anyone who has experienced sexual trauma and/or violence from a family member or intimate partner; also provides advocacy, resources, and ongoing counseling.
- American Psychiatric Association Resource Page (http://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families)
Articles, publications, and resources covering a wide range of topics related to emotional, intellectual, and psychological health.
- Find Support Groups (http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/about-us-2/drug-free-college/support-groups)
A good starting point to find groups and organizations providing a supportive community.
- Mental Health America of the Central Carolinas (http://www.mhacentralcarolinas.org/index.cfm)
Advocacy, information, and resources for the Charlotte metropolitan area; find support, search for therapists, access screenings, and get involved.
- Charlotte Housing Authority (http://www.cha-nc.org/)
Learn about and apply for affordable housing options.
- Crisis Assistance Ministry ( http://www.crisisassistance.org/ )
Emergency assistance with rent and utilities; furniture ministry; clothing, shoes, and small household items through the free store; assistance and advocacy to help move toward self-sufficiency.
- Just 1 Call ( http://www.just1call.org/ )
A one-stop source for information and assistance for Mecklenburg County; though designed with seniors and adults with disabilities in mind, this comprehensive list of community agencies and services is useful for anyone seeking assistance.
- Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (http://www.lssp.org/services/)
Legal advice and representation for people meeting low-income guidelines; Health Insurance Navigators are available to guide you through your options.
- Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (http://www.mensshelterofcharlotte.org/if-you-need-help/)
Emergency shelter for men 18 and older; support services for transitioning from homelessness.
- Salvation Army Center of Hope (https://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/charlotte/get-help/salvation-army-center-of-hope-shelter-for-women-and-children)
Emergency shelter for women and children; comprehensive support services; referrals for individuals and families not meeting the Center’s criteria.
- United Way’s 2-1-1 (http://www.nc211.org/)
A comprehensive hotline and searchable website for connecting to health care and human services in North Carolina.
- Food and Nutrition (http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/)
Guidelines and tips for healthy eating to improve your health and performance.
- Health Services (http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/HealthDepartment/Documents/FreeLowCostClinics.pdf)
A list of free and low-cost health and medical services in Mecklenburg County.
- Help Guide (http://www.helpguide.org/)
A comprehensive website with information and resources for making positive changes.
- Physical Activity (http://www.fitness.gov/be-active/)
Advice and inspiration for becoming more active, whatever your fitness level.
- Quitting Tobacco (http://www.cpcc.edu/tobaccofreecollege/want-to-quit)
Find resources to help you stop smoking and using other tobacco products.
Multicultural & Diversity
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Agency (http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CRC/)
Promotes diversity and inclusion through education, advocacy, and mediation.
- International House (http://www.ihclt.org/index.php)
Provides programs, information, language assistance, cultural events, and other support for immigrants and foreign-born citizens.
- Time Out Youth (http://www.timeoutyouth.org/)
Fosters community, sponsors programs, and provides advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, ages 11 – 20.
Study Skills/Academic Assistance
- HowToStudy.org (http://www.howtostudy.org/)
An award-winning collection of online resources, covering learning strategies, classroom habits, study techniques, and successful test-taking.
- Kahn Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/)
Video tutorials and learning tools for a wide range of subjects; includes ability to track progress (with log-in)
- Math (http://www.math.com/)
Homework help, study guides, and testing strategies, from basic math to calculus.
- Study Guides and Strategies (http://www.studygs.net/)
A great collection of resources to improve your learning, studying, and test taking.
The Counseling Services Speakers’ Bureau is available to serve faculty and staff of the college by reaching out to students via classroom visits, lunch & learn presentations, student or college organizations, etc. The goal of the Speakers’ Bureau is to offer information to students that can help them in their academic pursuits as well as personal growth.
The Speakers’ Bureau consists of counselors on staff at the college who can present on a variety of topics, including Counseling & Advising 101, Healthy Relationships, Domestic Violence Awareness, Effective Communication, Goal Setting, Stress Management, and Time Management to name a few.
Don’t see your topic of interest? No problem! Just include it on the “Other” line of the request form and we can discuss customizing a presentation to meet your need. For optimum service, we ask that you submit your request at least two weeks in advance to allow presenters time to adequately prepare.
If you have difficulty submitting your request online, feel free to email your request directly email@example.com.