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Counseling Center

For Emergencies

If you or someone you know is in danger of harming themselves or someone else, IMMEDIATELY call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

If you are on a PPSC campus, call Campus Police at 502-2900.

The Counseling Center is here for you.

As a PPSC student, you get free mental health counseling sessions. We know school can be difficult to cope with and we care about your well-being and success.
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Why Mental Health Counseling is Important

Anxiety continues to be the most predominant and increasing concern among PPSC students at 61%, followed by depression at 58%, relationship concerns at 54%, and substance use at 3%. (2017-2018  CC department statistics.)

College students seek mental health counseling services for many reasons. Common concerns include:

  • adjustment issues
  • difficulty coping with emotions (e.g. depression, anxiety, anger)
  • interpersonal and relationship difficulties
  • health-related concerns (pregnancy, alcohol, STD’s, problems with eating or sleeping)
  • concerns about academic issues (e.g. poor motivation, concentration problems, test anxiety)
  • stressful/traumatic experiences (e.g. financial/legal problems, assault, harassment, death).

What We Offer

The Counseling Center offers:

  • Appointments with professional mental health counselors
  • Short-term intervention (up to six sessions per mental health issue)
  • Referral to community resources to help students adjust to, cope with, and succeed in college.
  • Crisis intervention

In response to COVID-19, the Counseling Center continues to provide mental health services to all PPSC students through virtual (telehealth) services.

Students may call (719) 502-4782 to schedule an mental health counseling appointment.

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Methods of Mental Health Counseling

The Counseling Center uses many different treatment approaches, including: 
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Contact us today to learn about the best option for you.
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Mission & Philosophy

Mission Statement:
The (PPSC) Counseling Center’s mission is to support student success by providing mental health counseling services as well as information related to emotional wellness.


Philosophy:
Department Statement of Diversity

The Counseling Center is sensitive and places a high value on the dignity and worth of individuals regardless of their gender expression and identity, ethnicity, race, sexual/affectional orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic class. Therefore, it is our belief that all persons should be accepted for who they are, and we recognize and encourage each individual’s potential for personal growth and change.

Supportive Atmosphere

Staff members seek to provide an open, supportive atmosphere in which individuals feel free to express feelings and communicate problems. Concern and respect for each person’s needs is paramount.

Services

Counseling Center Information

Services

Brief Intervention Strategies that help students navigate through personal and/or educational circumstances that have the potential to interfere with their academic success. Appointment can be made by calling 719-502-4782.

Tragedy, trauma, assault, and students showing signs of mental illness or thoughts of suicide.

For students needing a job, a place to live, money for an emergency, names of therapists who provide long-term therapy, and many other services.

Faculty and Staff inquiring about a student that is in a difficult situation; displays odd behaviors / comments /writings; or “something just doesn’t seem right;” as well as some possible do’s and don’ts of how best to communicate with a stressed student.

Mental Health First Aid; Domestic Violence "In Her Shoes"; Suicide Prevention; how to successfully work with students with traumatic brain injury and/or post-traumatic stress symptoms; emergency management topics (such as prevention & risk management); and many other mental health related topics.

Psycho-educational workshops/presentations that deal with problems such as stress management, building social skills, identifying depression, test anxiety etc. Presentations can be presented in the classroom.

Trained navigators connect you with community and campus resources. Free and Confidential. Walk-ins and appointments. Centennial Campus, A141. Call 502-4525 for info and appointment times. 

A toll-free, anonymous way to report things that threaten you, someone you know, or your community. 1-877-542-7233 (SAFE)

Counseling Center Information

Locations:

Centennial Campus (CC): A-141

Rampart Range Campus (RRC): N107c

Downtown Studio Campus (DTSC): S126a

 

Office Hours:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday

Closed Saturday & Sunday

 

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Initial appointments are made by stopping by or calling the Counseling Center at (719) 502-4782. Office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

What to expect

Your first appointment will provide you with an opportunity to talk confidentially with a mental health counselor about your immediate concerns. Your counselor will talk with you about some of the reasons you came in and will evaluate what services or resources will be most helpful for you. Some students find that talking with a mental health counselor once is sufficient to resolve the immediate concern. If further services would be beneficial, these will be discussed and a recommendation will be made by the mental health counselor. These additional services may include resources offered by the Counseling Center or referral to another campus or community resource.

Urgency

The Counseling Center also provides emergency consultations to students with urgent mental health concerns between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please call (719) 502-4782. if you have an immediate need to meet with a mental health counselor.