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 student’s function in their academic and social lives.
Counseling takes place in a safe, confidential environment where counselors and students create a trusting relationship. Counselors may offer specific behavioral changes, assist with problem solving, or direct students 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 Jones College Counseling Services is designed to be short-term and problem focused; however, the length and type of counseling depends on individual student concerns and the student's goals for counseling.
Mental health concerns that our staff members typically address include:
When to Seek Individual Counseling
Students experiencing the following symptoms should consider mental health counseling to help maintain academic and social functioning:
When seeking counseling services, many students are concerned about confidentiality. Jones College Counseling Center operates within strict professional guidelines regarding confidentiality. Counselors are professionally and ethically obligated to keep what you say confidential. They may seek input from other counselors at the center in order to improve the quality of your care, but no information about your counseling will be released to, or discussed with, anyone outside of Counseling Services without your explicit, written permission.
How to Make an Appointment
Eligibility for Services
Counseling is available to currently enrolled students of Jones College. All students at JC are eligible for 6 counseling sessions per semester at no cost. In special cases, a student may be seen for more than 6 sessions to ensure continuity of appropriate mental health care.
Location and Contact Information
Jones College Student Counseling Services
900 South Court Street
Hutcheson-Hubbard Administration Building, First Floor
Student Affairs Suite
Ellisville, MS 39437
Telephone: (601) 477-4070
FAX: (601) 477-4212
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed during school holidays
Students are welcome to come to Jones College Counseling Center for mental health emergencies during normal business hours. For after-hours mental health emergencies, Jones College Campus Police should be contacted at (601) 477-4006.
For all medical emergencies or any situation involving personal safety or safety of others, contact 911.
Information for Parents
Please note that we are very committed to the limits of confidentially, and if a student has accessed services at our center, we cannot share that information unless the student has signed a release of information at our office that allows us to speak with another party or there is an immediate safety issue.
Please know that we will do our best to address the needs of the student. Please also know that a family member’s role is important. While it is necessary for the student to make that call to access services, it is also crucial that these students know that they are supported by their loved ones in this process.
Again, parents are always invited to call and consult with one of our staff members with concerns or questions. Our hope is that collaboration will encourage both safety and success.
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