Counseling

Life is not always smooth sailing, especially considering the many demands of college. That is why Sandhills Community College offers you the assistance of North Carolina licensed professional counselors who can give you the opportunity to explore issues and share concerns about college life. Our counselors are available to help you with academic, personal, mental or social issues that may be interfering with your academic success. They are trained professionals who can respond to your concerns in an objective and nonjudgmental manner.

There is no charge for counseling services, and your sessions are strictly confidential.
Our counselors can refer you to local mental health providers, if you wish to seek counseling services off campus or if you need long-term therapeutic services.

Self-Help and Self-Monitoring Programs for Mental Health

WellTrack

WellTrack is an online therapy platform for managing depression, anxiety and stress. It can be used as a self-help (stand alone) tool or in conjunction with counseling. WellTrack is HIPPA compliant (the privacy of your information is protected), easy to use, mobile friendly, and has a companion app called “MoodCheck“. It is free to all Sandhills Community College students, faculty, and staff. Download the WellTrack App from the App Store (Apple) or the Google Play Store (Android).

WellTrack includes an initial self-assessment as well as structured sections on managing your depression, anxiety, and stress. Tools and resources are provided to deal with these issues, including guided relaxation exercises, simulated situations to deal with specific fears (such as public speaking), and a “Zen Room” to assist with meditation. The MoodCheck app allows students to monitor their mood throughout the day and make connections to what is influencing their mood.

Free Access2Care Behavioral Health Screening

Free Access2Care Behavioral Health Screening is a program offered free of charge by the Sandhills Center. The Access2Care Behavioral Health Screening is designed to provide access to anonymous, online, evidence-based behavioral health self- screenings, educational resources and referral information in English and Spanish. Access2Care is available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The screening program has its own independent website, www.SandhillsCenterAccess2Care.org, which provides easy and convenient access.  The online screening platform provides customized, anonymous online screenings for: Depression, Adolescent Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Eating Disorders, Alcohol Use Disorders, and  Substance Abuse Disorders (including prescription drugs). The screenings provide immediate feedback to the user and access to referral information. The user can print his or her results or send the results and information to any e-mail address that they provide. The Access2Care program does not store e-mail or any other personal identifiable information.

Reasons to Seek Counseling

Some of the most common problems for which students seek help include the following:

  • Difficulty concentrating or completing academic tasks
  • Family or relationship problems
  • Issues of grief and loss
  • Difficulty managing stress
  • Adjustment concerns
  • Relating with peers
  • Coping with academic pressures and problems
  • Lack of motivation
  • Depression, Anxiety or other mood issues

Benefits from Counseling

The counseling process can be an educational experience. You may not only learn more about yourself, but you may also learn new skills to cope with personal, social, and academic demands. You may gain:

  • Improved communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Greater self-acceptance and self-esteem.
  • The ability to explore feelings.
  • The ability to manage stress effectively.
  • Insight into personal issues.
  • The ability to make positive changes in your life.

Counselors

Dr. Randal Foster, Director of Personal Counseling Services
229 Stone Hall
fosterr@sandhills.edu
(910) 695-3968

Rosa McAllister-McRae, Director of Student Services Operations-Hoke Center, Personal Counselor
mcallisterr@sandhills.edu
Tuesdays and Thursdays
112 Johnson Hall, Hoke Center
(910) 878-5804
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
101 Blue Hall, Pinehurst Campus
(910) 246-4944

Appointments

Counseling sessions are scheduled by appointment weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.‚  (Hours may vary during summer months.)‚

Drug and Alcohol Dependency Screenings

Screenings are scheduled by appointment weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Hours may vary during summer months.)

Community Drug and Alcohol Treatment Resources

Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Brochure (.pdf)