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Counseling Services

Counseling Services helps students manage obstacles that threaten their academic, career and life goals. Typical obstacles students face include a lack of career direction, inadequate academic and life management skills and difficulties in their personal lives.

Counselors help students increase self-awareness so they can make better career decisions. They work with individuals and groups to improve time management, organizational and study skills. Helping students develop effective communication skills and learn self-responsibility is an important part of the process. Additionally, counselors are available to help students deal with relationship issues, grief, depression, domestic violence, alcohol and drug dependency and other experiences that make it hard for students to focus on their academic coursework. When appropriate, counselors will refer students to resources in the community.

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.

Crisis/Suicide Prevention

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

College students seek counseling services for many reasons. Some common concerns:

  • 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.

Services Provided

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Counseling Services


Counseling Staff

Nancy T. Truett, LPC-MHSP, Director
Hardin Valley Campus, GN 130

Christian Lockhart, LPC-MHSP
Hardin Valley Campus, GN 129

Heather White,
LPC-MHSP (temp)
Blount County Campus, BL 113

Elissa Winzenburg, M.S., NCC
Hardin Valley Campus, GN 128 

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

Doug Devaney, Ph.D., M.A.
Division Street Campus, DV 114

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