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Counseling and Disability Services

Our Mission

The mission of Counseling and Disability Services is to enhance the personal and professional development of students and provide an environment that is supportive and inclusive. From pre-admission to post-graduation, the Counseling Center provides student centered counseling and programming in the areas of career planning, transfer assistance, supportive counseling, disability services, academic support and job search assistance. In doing so, the department provides a gateway to opportunity for our local community and empowers students to achieve their goals of graduation, transfer, and employment.

General Information

  • Location: Room 133, Gwaltney Hall, on the Main Campus [map]
  • Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, with evening hours by appointment
  • Appointments: To make an appointment, simply call or email Doug Dewar using the information below.

Contact Us

Doug Dewar, Director/Counselor
Telephone: 828.766.1256 or 800.4.MAYLAND
Fax: 828.765.0728
Mail: Post Office Box 547, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Our Services

Here is a listing and brief description of what we offer:

Career Counseling
Students can receive help in assessing their career interests, abilities, values, skills, personality type, and other factors important in making career choices. Popular career assessments include the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory and the Strong Interest Inventory. Students can research a wide variety of occupations and fields of interest using resources such as web databases, online videos, occupational information software, and books available to check out. Through career counseling, students are able to make decisions about their career and educational goals and develop action plans for achieving those goals. test

Employability Services
Students preparing to look for work can get help with the entire process of the job search from writing resumes and practicing interviewing to learning how to network and identify job openings.  Employers wanting to post jobs for students can contact Doug Dewar at

Transfer Assistance
Counselors can help students understand the transfer process and the steps required to transition successfully. Students can receive guidance in understanding articulation agreements and course equivalencies, deciding which transfer courses to take at Mayland, and deciding which transfer college is best for them. Students can research any college in the nation and gain assistance in applying to colleges.

Personal Counseling
Supportive counseling is available for students experiencing personal problems that impact their ability to succeed in college. Referrals to outside agencies can be made for more significant mental health concerns. Personal and academic coaching is available for students who need help in areas such as time management, motivation, study skills, self-management, stress reduction, and test anxiety.

Disability Services
Students with documented disabilities may receive accommodations to facilitate learning, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students should first contact Counseling and Disability Services and provide documentation of the disability so that appropriate accommodations may be determined. More extensive accommodations require six (6) weeks' notification prior to registration.

Distance Education Students

If you are a distance education student seeking services through Counseling and Disability Services, please use the resources on this page or contact the counselor at the email or phone number listed above.