Jones County Junior College Counseling

Jones County Junior College Counseling

Mission of the Counseling Services

Counseling Services’ primary purpose is to provide holistic psychological support to students as they pursue their goals and objectives during their enrollment at JCJC.

Individual Counseling

Although college is an exciting time, there can still be personal stress that affects a student’s wellness or academic goals. Student life can become difficult, and sometimes, overwhelming. Academic stress, financial stress, and social stressors can make it difficult for students to perform optimally. In addition, other stressors such as trauma, illness, bereavement, and instances of discrimination can complicate matters.

Counseling can help students manage these stressors, decrease severity of negative mental health symptoms, and help students function in their academic and social lives.

Counseling takes place in a safe, confidential environment where counselors and clients create a trusting relationship. Counselors may offer specific behavioral changes, assist with problem solving, or direct clients to important on-campus resources. Counseling may also address long- standing mental health problems, personal growth, and explore ways that past experiences impact present functioning. Counseling through JCJC Counseling Services is designed to be short-term and problem focused; however, the length and type of counseling depends on individual client concerns and the client's goals for counseling.

Mental health concerns that our staff members typically address include:

  • Symptoms of depression
  • Symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks
  • Difficulties with motivation, time management, and procrastination
  • Effects of recent traumas such as sexual assault or loss of a loved one
  • Interpersonal concerns such as homesickness, interpersonal conflicts, and/or social anxiety
  • Effects of discrimination based on race, class, gender, ability, or sexual orientation
  • Effects of stress and trauma due to family conflict
  • Concerns about alcohol and drug use
  • Concerns related to eating such as binge eating or restricting diet
  • Performance related concerns such as test anxiety
  • Concerns related to concentration and focusing attention

When to Seek Individual Counseling

Students experiencing the following symptoms should consider mental health counseling to help maintain academic and social functioning:

  • Persistent thoughts about harming self or others
  • Feel alone, confused, or unable to cope after a recent loss or trauma
  • Persistent feelings of sadness, including loss of motivation for schoolwork and inability to engage in pleasant activities.
  • Feeling overly restless, nervous, or panicked when faced with academic and social demands
  • Noticeable changes in personality, mood, or temperament, including mood swings that lead to risk-taking or aggressive behavior
  • Unsuccessful attempts to control alcohol or drug use, or unexpected consequences from alcohol or drug use
  • Changes in work or school performance due to stress or difficulty concentrating
  • Noticing patterns in your thoughts or behaviors that seem to hinder personal growth

How to make an appointment

To set up an appointment, please call the Student Success Center at 601-477- 4257 or you may come by our office located on the first floor of Terrell Tisdale Library.

Office hours are:
Monday- Thursday
8 am-4:30 pm

8 am- 4 pm