Psychological Counseling Services
Welcome to the Psychological Counseling Services Office at Potomac State College.
Location: Base floor of the Health Center
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Telephone number: (304) 788-6976
Mrs. Kristin Morton-Samples, Licensed Professional Counselor
“ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health.”
FOR LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES:
If you or someone you know is in eminent danger to themselves or others, go to the nearest Emergency Room or call 911.
For situations not involving eminent danger that occur after hours or on weekends, after-hours counseling services are available through the Potomac Highlands Guild office at 1-800-545-4357 to speak with an after-hours counselor.
Other potential resources include the following:
National Suicide Crisis Line
Are you or someone you know suicidal?
Call the National Suicide Crisis Hotline:
at 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL CRISIS:
Crisis consultation is available by contacting the Potomac State College Psychological Counseling Services Office at 304-788-6976 M-F from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You may also contact the Potomac State College University Police at 304-788-6931, (if no answer call 911) or by contacting a Residential Director at any time.
All of our services and programs are designed to contribute to your emotional well-being, in order to help you succeed in school and guide you toward a more fulfilling life.
Please note, this service is not meant to replace a face-to-face consultation with a trained counselor, nor does this service provide "on-line" counseling. Counseling is a collaborative process that involves the development of a unique, confidential, helping relationship. The counselor acts as a facilitator to help clients better understand themselves and the world around them. Open and honest discussion of feelings, behaviors, relationships, life experiences, and circumstances with a trained counselor in a safe, confidential environment enables individuals to grow towards greater freedom in making healthy choices and taking appropriate actions for more satisfying relationships, self-concept, academic progress, and life goals.
If you have problems, need information, or are having difficulty with a decision, professional counselors are here for you. We will listen, care, encourage, and empower you to make decisions that are right for you. Sessions generally last 50 minutes, one time per week. If needed, a referral to a private therapist or community service will be made. Typical questions and concerns may include:
- I'm too sensitive to what others think.
- I get anxious about taking tests.
- I'd like to manage my time better.
- I don't get along well with others.
- I'm having problems with my family.
- I'm questioning my sexual identity.
- I'm pregnant and I'm scared.
- I think I need an academic tutor.
- I can't concentrate or study.
- Do I really want to be in college?
- I lack confidence.
- I'm not sure what I want to do.
- I've had some experiences I'd like to talk to someone about.
- I feel tense, confused, depressed.
- Am I doing as well as I could?
Other On-Line Resources That College Students Find Helpful To Raise Awareness and Promote Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being:
Use the links below to find out more!