Counseling Services


There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
Greensboro College offers free counseling to all currently enrolled students. The goal of Counseling Services is to provide you with a safe, confidential, and supportive environment for you to discuss life concerns, challenges, and opportunities. College life, while exciting and fruitful, can also be difficult and trying. You do not need to be in crisis to benefit from counseling services. Sometimes it helps just to talk with someone privately about your concerns. Personal counseling is available for help with transitioning to college, fear of failure, feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression, academic concerns and much more. The counseling process is about problem solving, expansion of awareness, better coping, and personal growth. The more you actively participate in your overall well-being, the better you will be. Students with presenting problems determined to require long-term or more intensive intervention strategies may be referred to another qualified mental health provider in the Greensboro area. Personal counseling is available for various personal issues including, but not limited to:
  • Adjustment to college life
  • Stress management
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability and anger
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Depression and/or thoughts of suicide
  • Procrastination
  • Feeling lonely or isolated
  • Family concerns
  • Weight or body image concerns
  • Substance abuse
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity issues related to race, ethnicity, religious/spiritual beliefs, sexuality, etc.
If you have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other type of sexual violence, you may refer to Greensboro College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy to learn more about your rights. If you need immediate assistance, please visit the Counseling Services office during normal business hours or refer to the Emergency Resources tab above.

Confidentiality

All student contact and discussions with the counselor are private and confidential. Information about a student, or disclosed by the student, cannot be shared without student permission, with certain legally mandated exceptions. In fact, we cannot confirm or deny if a student is being seen at the Counseling Office without the student’s written consent. Counseling files are not part of college records and cannot be accessed without the student’s written permission.

Emergency Resources

Here are some suggestions for emergency and non-emergency situations. An emergency is defined as being a situation where the student is in imminent danger of hurting self or others. On-campus
  • Call your Residence Hall Director (RHD) or Resident Advisor (RA)
  • Campus Security – 336-312-9911
  • Counseling Services – 325 Main Building, 336-272-7102, ext. 5224
  • Student Health Services — Greensboro Hall, 336-272-7102, ext. 5277
Off-campus
  • Call 911
  • Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, 1200 N. Elm St.
  • Wesley Long Community Hospital, 501 N. Elam St.
  • Sandhills Center (community mental health clinic): 201 N. Eugene St. (24/7 walk-in clinic located at the Bellemeade Street entrance.)
Crisis Helplines
  • Sandhills Center 24/7 assistance: 800-256-2452
  • Moses Cone Behavioral Health Hotline: 800-711-2635 or 336-832-9700
  • Family Services 24/7 Partner Violence and Rape Assistance: 336-273-7273
  • 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

Make an Appointment

Appointments can be made by telephone, email, or personal inquiry and need to be initiated by the student(s) desiring counseling services. To schedule a new appointment please send an email to counseling@greensboro.edu, and a counselor with be assigned based on availability. Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for appointments. If you prefer to meet with a specific counselor, you may contact that counselor directly (see below). Emily Holmes, MS, EdS, NCC, LCPA, Director of Counseling Services 325 Main Bldg. 815 W. Market St. Greensboro, NC 27401 (336) 272-7102, ext. 5224 emily.holmes@greensboro.edu Kristin Franks, LPC, Staff Counselor 327 Main Bldg. 815 W. Market St. Greensboro, NC 27401 (336) 272-7102, ext. 5746 Kristin.franks@greensboro.edu

Mental Health Resources By Category

Self-Help Resources Depression Suicide Prevention and warning signs Anxiety Anger Eating Disorders Body Image Relationships Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Issues (LGBT) Grief Alcohol/Drug Information Sexual Assault/Rape ADHD/ADD Wellness/Relaxation/Stress Reduction Sleep Trauma/Violence Psychotropic Medications

Outreach & Consultation

The college’s director of counseling services is available to student organizations, residence halls, and the Greensboro College community for presentations, seminars, workshops, and consultation. Please provide at least two weeks’ notice to allow time for proper preparation.

Psychiatric Consultation

When appropriate the counselor may recommend a student meet with a psychiatrist or other medical professional for further evaluation. If so, this process will be discussed with the student prior to any referral. Students who are referred to off-campus providers will be responsible for payment directly to that provider. Counseling Services does not prescribe medication. Students wishing to receive a referral for medication or psychiatric consultation may contact Counseling Services at 336-272-7102, ext. 5224.

Services Provided

The goal of Counseling Services is to provide you with a safe, confidential, and supportive environment for you to discuss life concerns, challenges, and opportunities. College life, while exciting and fruitful, can also be difficult and trying. You do not need to be in crisis to benefit from counseling services. We see many students each year seeking help with issues similar to yours. Personal counseling is available for help with transitioning to college, coping with college life, fear of failure, feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression, academic concerns and many other areas. The counseling process is about problem solving, expansion of awareness and coping skills, and personal growth. The more you actively participate in your overall well-being and care the better. The College Counseling Office provides short-term counseling for personal, interpersonal, and vocational/career concerns free of charge to all full-time, traditional and professional and graduate students. Personal counseling is available for various personal issues including, but not limited to:*
  • Adjustment to college life
  • Stress management
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability and anger
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Depression and thought of suicide
  • Procrastination
  • Feeling lonely or isolated
  • Family concerns
  • Weight or body image concerns
  • Substance abuse
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity issues related to race, ethnicity, religious/spiritual beliefs, sexuality, etc.
*Students with presenting problems determined to require long-term or more intensive intervention strategies may be referred to qualified mental health specialists in the Greensboro area.