Students experience a great many stresses in their lives-sorting out one’s identify, establishing and maintaining relationships, coping with anxiety and depression , dealing with losses, handling academic demands and financial issues. To help with these tasks, ESC Counseling office provides a variety of free and confidential services including consultation, on campus short term counseling and off campus outreach programs that are designed to help students overcome challenges that occur while trying to meet their intellectual, interpersonal and developmental goals. Personal counseling is a chance for the student to learn how to be more capable at resolving personal and/or academic issues
Please see office locations and contact information for each campus below:
Appointments are required (except for emergencies) and can be made by calling each campus.
Charlotte Campus: (941) 833-5329
Collier Campus: (239) 732-3414
Hendry/Glades Center: (863) 674-6002
Lee Campus: (239) 489-9046
In times of crisis, counselors may be contacted during regular business hours on campus, either by calling their direct line, or dropping by their office. After business hours, and on weekends, the on-call counselor is available at (239) 218-7116. If you have an emergency and need immediate medical care, please call 911.
Charlotte Campus: J-115
Collier Campus: J-211
Hendry/Glades Center: A-123
Lee Campus: Q-103
The counselors offer brief individual therapy as well as consultation for faculty, staff, parents, and students. In addition, the counselors offer educational and outreach programs to the campus community. Services are available throughout the year.
During the initial appointment, a student’s needs are assessed. Follow-up sessions are scheduled as appropriate to help a student work through his or her problems. Students are allowed 10 individual therapy sessions per academic year. Students who want or need more frequent or longer-term contact with a counselor are referred to off-campus resources.
There are no charges for individual appointments that you attend. However, students who want or need more frequent or longer-term contact with a counselor are referred to off-campus resources at the expense of the students.
Students come with a range of problems. Many have issues related to their normal development such as identity or relationship issues. Others are dealing with more specific psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bereavement, substance abuse, or eating and body image issues. Some students are not sure what the problem might be, but just know they are not functioning or feeling the way they normally do. They might notice having a harder time studying, eating, sleeping too little or too much, or otherwise just not meeting their day-to-day obligations. A counselor can help students sort out what is wrong in order to help get students back on track.
Our counseling services carefully adhere to professional standards of ethics and confidentiality. Visits are strictly confidential. This means that communications between counselor and client are privileged and safe-guarded. Information is not released to anyone (parents, professors, employers, or authorities) without your written permission.
Counselors are committed to providing the highest quality of counseling and psychological services to its students. They are full-time licensed therapists.
Counselors are available to consult with during business hours if there is a concern about a student. Strategies for helping the student, and if appropriate, getting the student in to see a counselor can be discussed. Counselors do not generally initiate contact with a student to ask them to come in or inquire about their mental health. It is our belief that counseling is most effective when it is voluntary. Students may perceive contact from a stranger to be intrusive. If a situation exists in which a student is in imminent danger as a result of a psychological problem, then the appropriate personnel will be contacted to help the student during the time of crisis.