Personal Counseling

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 and crises.

Some of the common problems for which students seek help include:

  • Experiencing a crisis situation
  • Stress Management
  • Academic coaching
  • Difficulty concentrating or completing academic tasks
  • Time Management
  • Test Anxiety
  • Coping with academic pressures and problems
  • Social relationships and self-confidence

Doug Dewar, Director
Counseling and Disability Services Office
Room 113, Gwaltney Building

Student Assistance Program 

MCC has partnered with McLaughlin Young Group to provide additional counseling services to all students. The Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides short-term, resolution-focused help for personal, professional, or school concerns.
SAP services are

  • Free
  • Confidential
  • Available 24/7
  • Up to 5 sessions per issue
  • Also available to permanent household family members
  • Provided by professional clinicians from the very first phone call
  • Conveniently located, available day and evening, but counseling is currently being provided virtually

Some examples of concerns that the SAP addresses include:

  • Family conflict
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress
  • School-related issues
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Legal and financial issues
  • Alcohol or drug use

The SAP also has a Student Work-Life webpage that offers MANY more resources and online learning opportunities, including things like stress reduction, relaxation and mindfulness resources, parenting information, and free budget tools, including access to Mint budgeting software. Students are also eligible for 30 minutes of free legal consultation.  Confidentiality is one of the most important features of the SAP. No one will know that you have used this resource unless you offer that information or unless someone’s safety is threatened.

To seek assistance through the SAP, simply call 704-529-1428 or 800-633-3353. To access the online student work-life resources, go to  The login and password information can be obtained by emailing Student Services Dean, Michelle Musich at

Mental Health Crisis Resources

Vaya Health, Access to Care Line – Call 1-800-849-6127 (24 hours a day)
Anyone living in western North Carolina can call the toll-free, 24/7 Access to Care Line at 1-800-849-6127. Your call is confidential. You will speak with a trained professional who can provide immediate crisis intervention by telephone and arrange a face-to-face assessment, based on need, for Vaya Health members. Mobile crisis services are available as well. In most cases, mobile crisis teams can come to where you are to provide help.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)
If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.

National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.

Other Counseling Resources