Mental Health Counseling

Austin Community College Mental Health Counselors are here to support our students’ success efforts. We offer services and programs across the district to foster life balance, develop personal and academic growth, and help maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.

Please note all appointments will be during ACC Mental Health Counseling business hours of Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

*NOTE: ACC does not provide Crisis Counseling and does not employ a Crisis Counseling Team. If you are in need of more urgent or immediate assistance, please contact 512-472-HELP (4357) or 911.

Attending college is fun and exciting, however at times can be challenging, especially when trying to balance work, school, friends, and extra-curricular activities. Trying to balance and succeed in managing numerous tasks at one time can create stress. While most of the time students can cope with challenging situations as they present, there may come a time that you may feel overwhelmed, stressed, depressed or experience anxiety. Seeking support from a counselor during these times will most likely lead to finding some solutions for those circumstances.

ACC Mental Health Counselors are licensed professionals with Master’s and Doctoral degrees who have been trained to provide guidance and potential solutions to emotional and psychological difficulties. Mental Health Counselors understand life balance is important and thus work from a holistic approach. That is, they view the person and know that emotional health and a safe and healthy learning environment will contribute toward your academic success.

To submit a referral or request an appointment for mental health counseling please use the link below.

Mental health counseling services are offered at every ACC campus. On the following campuses (Cypress Creek, Eastview, Elgin, Highland, Hays, Northridge, Rio Grande, South Austin, San Gabriel) services are available in Building 1000, near Student Affairs, unless otherwise noted. At Riverside, services are offered in Building G. At Round Rock, services are offered in Building 2000. To help with wayfinding, here is a link to every campus map.

Request a Mental Health Professional for an Event

If you would like for one of our Mental Health Professionals to attend an event, schedule a workshop, or present please submit an Event Request below. A confirmation of the event request will be emailed separately.

Amplify Center

ACC is working hard to expand access to mental health care for its students. The Amplify Center, a clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Austin Community College, is a place for young adults aged 18-29 with more complex mental health needs.  Services include mental health therapy, employment, and education support, connection to community resources, care navigation, and psychiatric consultation.  If you feel your mental health needs are making it very difficult to meet your life goals, consider reaching out.   

Students, faculty, and staff can learn more about enrolling in services by emailing us at amplify@austin.utexas.edu, calling 512-223-5095, or clicking the button below to visit our website to fill out a form and have a staff member contact you about enrollment.

Crisis Intervention

How do I get help?

During regular business hours

If your emergency occurs during operational hours, immediate assistance is available. Please come to the Student Services Office and let the front intake staff know you are experiencing a crisis.

In case of a mental health emergency occurring during non-operational hours, please call 911 or go directly to a hospital emergency room.

Confidentiality

Information students share with counseling professionals are sensitive and personal in nature and therefore confidential.

This private information will not be shared or disclosed to anyone without your written permission on a “Release of Information” form. However, there are exceptions to confidentiality that you must become aware of before you begin a counseling relationship with a counselor. You can also discuss any concerns you may have regarding confidentiality on your first session with a counselor.

Resources

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  • Request a DCCS Professional for an Event

  • If you would like for one of our Mental Health Clinical Professionals to virtually attend an event, schedule a workshop, or present please submit a Clinical Counseling Services Event Request form. A confirmation of the event request will be emailed separately.

  • Suicide Prevention

  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

  • If you or someone you know is considering harm to self (suicide) or to others please call 911 immediately.

  • Hotlines

    • Austin / Travis County 24 hour Crisis & Suicide hotline: 512-472-HELP (4357)
    • The Williamson County 24 hour Crisis hotline: 1-800-841-1255
    • Bastrop County Family Crisis Center hotline: 1-888-311-7755
    • Hays County 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-877-466-0660
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline:1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text: TalkWithUs to 66746: 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Drug Free Schools & College Prevention Program

  • Austin Community College is dedicated to providing a safe, healthy environment for students, employees, and visitors. Learn More.

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  • If you are concerned for a student that might be in distress, refer to CARES.

  • Drug & Alcohol and Suicide Prevention Courses

  • This module will introduce you to some foundational and key information on Drug & Alcohol and Suicide Prevention concerns as well as some beginning steps to take for assistance and support.

  • Learn more

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