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Counseling and Mental Health

Licensed Professional Counselors are available to provide WCJC students with short-term, solution-focused counseling and referrals. WCJC Counselors are trained professionals who provide an objective and nonjudgmental setting in which students can discuss any number of concerns, including:

  • Stress and anxiety;
  • Family or relationship issues;
  • Coping with grief or loss;
  • Managing academic pressure;
  • And other personal or college-related concerns.

Students who need on-going, therapeutic counseling or those cases where concerns beyond the scope of the WCJC counseling services will be referred to an outside agency or professional resource within their community. All costs incurred by those referrals are the responsibility of the student.

Counselors are available to meet with students in person or virtually.  To schedule an appointment, email counseling@wcjc.edu or you can contact a specific counselor in the "contact us" section below if you prefer a particular campus.

Contact Us

The counseling relationship provides an environment in which a student can speak freely, privately, and confidentially within the limits of the law. Please contact a WCJC Counselor for assistance or referral.  You may also email Counseling@wcjc.edu.

Wharton & Bay City Campuses:  Kay Gardner, LPC -  GardnerK@wcjc.edu

Richmond Campus:  Torey Gilmore, LPC - GilmoreT@wcjc.edu

Sugar Land Campus:  Shannon Glardon, LPC - GlardonS@wcjc.edu 

Director of Counseling and Disability Services: Amber Barbee, MA, LPC-S - BarbeeA@wcjc.edu

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.  E-mails and phone numbers may not be checked daily and/or during evening or weekend hours.

Join a Group
All groups start the week of September 11, 2023.  You can join a group at any time in the semester.

Art & Soul Group - This group is open to all students, skillful artist or not.  Members focus on processing their experiences through creating art and having an outlet for expression.  This group helps individuals learn to express who they are and how they are feeling without having to use words.  Finding creative hobbies increases self-care and fosters more positive moos, greater interest, and reduction in tension and stress. Students will be provided with all supplies and given a safe and supportive environment to openly share their art and their stories in a safe space if they choose. This group will meet the first Friday of the month, starting September 1.  

Wharton Campus - 1st Fridays, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM, PSC 1st floor lobby
Richmond Campus - 1st Fridays, 9:00 AM -10:00 AM, Lobby
Sugar Land Campus - 1st Fridays, 9:00-10:00 AM, Brazos Hall, 210A

Can you Hear Me Now Group - This group is open to all students who are seeking to better their communication skills.  Whether it be in the area of friendship, relationships, or even professionally, this group can help.  Members focus on precessing their thoughts in an effective manner, so that when we speak, text, or email, we are able to express our feelings in a suitable way.

Wharton Campus - Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:45 AM - PSC, Room 303
Richmond Campus - Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 PM - Room 101

Breakup 2 Break-Through - Are you or someone you know going through a break-up or have experienced the loss of a relationship and are struggling to find balance and motivation?  This group is designed to support you through the process of regaining a fresh perspective, releasing the pain of the past and reaching forward to break-through to new levels of growth, purpose and fulfillment.  

Wharton Campus - Thursdays, 11:00-11:45 AM - PSC, Room 303

Making the Adjustment - This group is for students who are "making the adjustment" to college.  We will focus on the transition to college from high school, the shift in responsibilities and the adjustments that come with college life and we'll work through them together.

Richmond Campus - Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 PM, Room 101

Open Group - Join us every Wednesday for an open group with an open door for any discussion.  Bring your topic and we'll talk.

Sugar Land Campus - Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Brazos Hall 201A

The Homestead - Food Pantry
Be Happy / Not Hungry
The WCJC Homestead is a reservation-based food pantry supporting all current students.  Each campus has a food pantry that will provide pre-packaged bags. 
Please follow these steps to request and receive a bag of pantry items.
  1. Submit a Request Form. (all information submitted is confidential)
  2. You will receive a notification to your email when your bag is ready for pick up.
  3. Pick up your pantry bag at your designated campus counseling office.

Clothing vouchers are also available upon request.

Questions?  Email Counseling@wcjc.edu or call 979-532-6384.

Counseling Resources and Referral Information:

The following resources provide useful information and tools. They can be accessed any time day or night especially when a counselor is not available.  For in-person assistance or referrals see your WCJC Campus Counselor.

Suicide Prevention

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

Mental Health/Suicide Prevention Information

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 988

Hotlines and Helplines

Crisis Text Line or call 713-468-5463

Texana Mental Health Services Crisis Phone 1-800-633-5686

National Human Trafficking Hotline or call 1-888-373-7888, TTY: 711

Veteran's Crisis Line or call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1

National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-4673

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) 

National Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474 
Text “loveis” 22522 

National Eating Disorders Helpline: 800-931-2237  

National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) 

Substance Abuse Mental Health: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) 
Support and referral for drug and alcohol services 

Trevor Project: LGBTQ crisis and suicide help, 866-488-7386, text 202-304-1200 or chat online

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) National Hotline: 888-843-4564 
Monday-Friday 3 pm to 11 pm CST; Saturday 11 am to 5 pm CST

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 
Available 24/7. The hotline is staffed by volunteers who are all trans-identified and educated in the range of difficulties transgender people experience.

Texas Adult Protective Services (APS) and Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-800-252-5400 

Alzheimer’s Association Helpline: 1-800-272-3900 

American Cancer Society: 1-800-227-2345

Child and Adult Abuse: 1-800-252-5400 

Child Support-Attorney General: 1-800-252-8014 

Legal Match - Find the Right Lawyer: 1-800-252-9690

Poison Control: 1-800- 222-1222 

Social Security Administration: 800-772-1213 

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health IS Health.  Mental Health incudes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.  It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.  We all struggle from time to time.  Whether its you or someone you know, find resources that can help maintain optimal Mental Health.  Many of the resources below include physical assistance and financial resources.  We have included a brief description of how the organization can help.  Their webpage is linked to the organization’s name for your convenience.  Our WCJC Counselors are here for you as well.  If you’d like to make an appointment, email Counseling@wcjc.edu  We are available in person or online.

Mental Health Screening: These online screening tests from Mental Health America (MHA) are a quick way to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. If your results indicate you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, consider reaching out to a mental health provider or doctor.  They can give you a full assessment and talk to you about options for how to feel better.

Texana Mental Health Services: Fort Bend, Wharton, Austin, Colorado and Matagorda counties mental healthcare locator; 281-239-1300

United Way of Texas Greater Houston: Searchable database of area-wide community resources for a variety of contacts including mental health, disability, housing, medical, and legal services.  Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-833-5948 or 713-957-4357.

Texas Health and Human Services: A state organization that assists people with mental health challenges, substance abuse, foster care, disabilities and families with children who have developmental delays to pursue independent and productive lives. Contact Texas Workforce Commission or Texas Health and Human Services for more specific information as to how they may assist a student in college.

ULifeline.com and HalfofUs.com: Online resources for college students that can help you to learn more about what to do if you or your friends are struggling with mental health issues.

Mental Health.gov: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services resource page regarding mental health and available help. If you are someone you know is struggling or in a crisis, help is available.  Call or text 988.

Al-Anon: Substance abuse help for individuals and family members.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Learn about the many topics that highlight SAMHSA’s efforts to prevent and reduce the impact of mental illness and substance use in America’s communities.

Methodist Hospital Community Support Groups: Grief support, caregiver support, cancer support groups.

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