Tusculum College provides enrolled students the opportunity to meet with a professional counselor in a confidential atmosphere at no cost to the student. A client is aided in exploring and expressing feelings, examining beliefs about himself/herself and the world, reflecting on patterns of behavior and, when appropriate, working to make healthy changes in that behavior. In addition to short-term personal counseling, Counseling Services also offers and welcomes group and couples counseling.
The Tusculum College counselor and Director of Health and Wellness Services is Kellie Ann Ross.
- 423-798-7821 (Direct line)
- Ext. 5368 (on campus)
- 423-620-8347 (cell phone)
A counselor can be an additional resource for you! Sometimes, a family member, friend, teacher, or faith community leader is not the person with whom you want to talk, and knowing that there is someone else, someone trained in the counseling field to be objective, nonjudgmental, and non-authoritarian can help you to gain perspective on whatever need you wish to address. Counseling may help you learn to deal proactively, safely, and successfully with some common issues such as:
- Coping with stress
- Dealing with trauma such as intimate partner violence, abuse or assault
- Substance abuse
- Improving mood to decrease depression
- Ways to manage anxiety
- Coping with grief
- Adjustment to college
- Improving relationships
- Understanding sexual orientation or identity
What about confidentiality?
The counselor will not reveal the names of clients to anyone, including officials of the college and family members nor do we reveal the content of the counseling session without the client’s consent. Because the nature of counseling is sensitive and personal, all counseling services are confidential; however, due to the law, the counselor is required to breach confidentiality if the client discloses a desire to take his/her own life or the life of another identified person.
There are a large number of Counseling Materials available on the website for your review.