Tusculum 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.

Health and Wellness Services at Tusculum can be arranged through the Student Affairs Office in Niswonger Commons (Room 221) or 423-636-7315

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?

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 do harm to his/her self or others.