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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.

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

Richmond Campus: counseling@wcjc.edu

Sugar Land Campus: counseling@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


Wharton Campus
Tuesdays, 12:30 PM, Sep 20-Oct 25, meet weekly

Richmond Campus
Wednesdays, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM, Sep 14-Oct 12, meet weekly

This group is tailored for incoming freshmen, but open to ALL students.  Connect with other new students, learn about campus events and tools for college success.  Become familiar with resources. 
Learn more and/or sign up to join.

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

Crisis Intervention Hotlines

Crisis Text Line or call 713-468-5463

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

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

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

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

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Screening: Fort Bend area referral sources as well as free online screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, general anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol abuse.

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

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast: 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.

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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