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Counseling Services

If this is an emergency, please call/text 9-8-8 or contact:

  • Mercer County Crisis Intervention/Suicide Hotline 609-896-2120
  • Capital Health Regional Medical Center Emergency Mental Health Services 609-396-4357
  • New Jersey Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735
  • 2nd Floor Youth Helpline: 1-888-222-2228

Upcoming Events

 

QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Thursday September 29th
12pm - 1:30pm:
Register

 

NAMI-Mercer Harvest of Hope Annual Conference
October 1st
8:15am - 3pm:
Register

 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Out of the Darkness Mercer County NJ Walk

October 1st
10am:
Register

 

Mental Health First Aid Training
Friday October 28th
9am - 4pm:
Register

The American Counseling Association defines counseling as "a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals". The mission of Mercer County Community College is to prepare students for academic, professional and personal success. To achieve that goal it's important to focus on the needs of the whole person: academic, personal, physical, emotional, interpersonal, social and spiritual. To that end we have licensed counselors who are dedicated to helping you achieve your academic, career and personal goals.

Services are FREE for enrolled students.

Individual Counseling

Confidential individual counseling is provided by licensed mental health professionals and supervised graduate level interns. Our goal is to help you resolve personal difficulties and acquire skills, abilities and knowledge that will allow you to take full advantage of your college experience and make effective and satisfying life choices.

LET’S CHAT!

Tuesdays/Wednesdays 10am – 12pm

https://mccc-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvfumgrjwvHd1M5LeopJ1OYmGGbimbO8Wa

Let’s Chat is a free, private virtual drop-in service where registered Mercer County Community College students can have an informal consultation with a MHCC staff member on a first-come, first-served basis. The session is brief, no more than 20 minutes, and is designed to help students with specific problems and to introduce them to what it is like to speak with mental health professional. The staff will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources in addition to determining whether formal counseling would be useful.  “Let’s Chat” is NOT counseling or a crisis service.

You may want to visit  Let's Chat if you:

  • are not sure about counseling and if it will benefit you
  • are not interested in on-going counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
  • are looking for guidance and resources
  • already have an outside treatment provider, but need immediate support that cannot wait until your next appointment
  • have a specific problem and would like to talk with someone who is objective
  • need assistance with stress management
  • have academic concerns
  • have career questions

Support Groups

One Day at a Time (O.D.A.T.) — 12 step recovery program for those (or have a friend or loved one) struggling with alcohol or substance addiction

Meets: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12pm

Location: SC 228

Contact: Terry Smith smithte@mccc.edu

 

EOF Support Group—A group dedicated to EOF students

Meets biweekly on Thursdays at 12pm starting September 15th

Location: TBA

Events

For the latest information regarding our programs and events, visit us on Instagram @mymercercounseling

Trainings

We offer the following national certification trainings:

Mental Health First Aid

Question. Persuade. Refer. Suicide Prevention training

Consultations

The Mental Health Counseling Center staff serve as consultants to individuals and groups in the MCCC community. Consultation involves sharing knowledge and expertise to assist others in responding effectively to mental health issues impacting the campus community.

Referrals

We encourage the MCCC community to make referrals to the Mental Health Counseling Center if you have concerns about a particular student. Due to confidentiality, the Counseling staff cannot disclose if a student contacted our office or receiving treatment. If assistance is needed, contact MHCC during regular office hours and ask to speak to the senior counselor. In the event of an emergency situation, contact Public Safety or/and 9-8-8.

Class Visits

MHCC staff facilitate class visits throughout the semester. Please click here to fill out the Class Visit Request form.

Yannick Ladson, EdD, LPC
Senior Counselor

Kristen Alestra, LCSW
Counselor

Kim Mayner, LAC
Oaks Integrated Care Counselor

Katie Guers, M.Ed.
Intake Specialist-WWC

Marvina Jackson, M.A.
Intake Specialist -JKC


TalkCampus app

TalkCampus is a free app where you can talk with other students from around the world about a wide range of mental health concerns. It's designed as an extra support system that's available 24/7. TalkCampus is based on peer support; you can use it if you need some help yourself, or you can provide support to others. While it's moderated by trained clinicians to maintain a safe environment, it isn’t a replacement for counseling or professional mental health support; it's a great place to start talking and to gain support and validation and can help you feel that right now you’re not alone. TalkCampus is anonymous and isn’t run by the MCCC Counseling Center.
 
You can download TalkCampus directly from the App Store or Google Play, or you can download it from this link: Click here. Once you've downloaded the app, your MCCC student email address will give you free access.

MCCC Counseling Services

West Windsor Campus room SC229 / 609-570-3354
James Kerney Campus room KC409 / 609-570-3402
Email counseling@mccc.edu