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Counseling Services

The Counseling Services office is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you need to speak with a counselor (non-emergency), contact or call 865.694.6480.


Please use our Online Appointment Scheduling (OAS) service to schedule a non-emergency appointment with a counselor.

Walk-In Centers

Hardin Valley Campus – AL 202

  • Monday 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Emergency Contacts

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger to self or others, please contact:

Services Provided

Common Concerns

College students seek counseling services for many reasons:

  • Difficulty coping with emotions (e.g. depression, anxiety, anger).
  • Health-related concerns (alcohol, problems with eating or sleeping, sexuality).
  • Academic issues (e.g. choosing a career path, poor motivation, concentration problems, test anxiety).
  • Stressful or traumatic experiences (e.g. financial/legal problems, conflicts among roommates, friends or family members, the death of friend or family members).

Counseling helps students learn new coping skills, set goals, solve problems, make decisions and manage stress. Counseling also provides a safe and structured environment in which students can explore various aspects of their emerging adult lives – independence, values, personal goals, intimacy and friendship.


Alcohol and Cannabis

eCHECKUP TO GO is a free self-assessment tool available to students, faculty and staff to examine their own alcohol or cannabis use. It takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, is self-guided and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor.

The program provides immediate personalized feedback about:

  • individual pattern of use
  • risk patterns
  • aspirations and goals
  • targeted risk reduction strategies
  • helpful on and off-campus resources

Answers are STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. No name is attached to the form, and no personally identifiable information from the survey will be stored.



Contact Us

Counseling Services


Counseling Staff

Nancy T. Truett, LPC-MHSP, Director
Hardin Valley Campus, AL 202A

Heather White,
Blount County Campus, BL 113

Elissa Winzenburg, M.S., NCC
Hardin Valley Campus, GN 130

Esmilsa Alford-Christian, LPC-MHSP
Strawberry Plains Campus, ST 2935

Doug Devaney, Ph.D., M.A.
Magnolia Avenue Campus, MA 142-D


TN Statewide Crisis Line

Call 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471)
The Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line, available 24 hours a day/365 days a year, is a resource for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Tennessee REDLINE

The Tennessee REDLINE is the 24/7/365 resource for substance abuse treatment referrals.  Anyone can call or text 800-889-9789 for confidential referrals.

Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Text TN 2 Quit by texting “QUIT” to 615-795-0600