Counseling FAQs

Q: What kind of counseling services does the Counseling Center offer?

The Counseling Center offers personal, academic, and career counseling.

Q: Who can come for counseling?

Any student who is currently enrolled at TTU is eligible for Counseling Center services. When a student requires a service that is not provided by the Counseling Center, we will assist in making a referral to an appropriate community resource.

Q: Is there a fee?

There is no cost to currently registered TTU students for any of the center's counseling services.

Q: What are the staff qualifications?

The qualifications of each staff member in the Counseling Center are different. We invite you to view our Meet the Staff page for details about the qualifications of each staff member.

Q: Who has access to my counseling records?

All information gathered during counseling sessions, including the fact that the client has come to the Counseling Center, is held in strict confidence. No information is released to university officials, faculty members, parents, or outside agencies except on written request by the client or if there is a threat to life or as required by law. The staff may consult with each other to better serve the client.

Q: How long are appointments?

Counseling sessions last approximately fifty minutes.  Initial appointments require an hour and a half in order to complete necessary paperwork.

Q: What are your office hours?

We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until noon and from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Q: What should do if I need help in an emergency after hours?

You may go directly to the emergency room at Cookeville Regional Medical Center or you may contact the 24-hour Crisis Hotline at Plateau Mental Health Center by calling 1-800-704-2651.

Q: Do I have to schedule an appointment or can I just walk in and see a counselor?

We have walk-in hours every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday that classes are in session during the spring and fall semesters from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m. We request that you make an appointment in advance outside these walk-in hours unless it is an emergency.

Q: Do you offer couples or marital counseling?

Marital counseling is available if one of the spouses are currently enrolled students. Couples counseling for couples who are not married is available only if both persons are currently enrolled students at TTU. The 4 hour Pre-Marital Counseling Workshop is available for couples if at least one of the partners are currently enrolled at Tennessee Tech University.

Q: Can I get a referral to a counselor in the community?

The professional staff of the Counseling Center will be happy to provide you with community treatment resources if you prefer to seek counseling outside the university.

Q: What kind of Career Counseling and Testing does the Counseling Center offer?

We provide career counseling for students who are experiencing difficulty choosing a major or who may be unsure of their career choice. When appropriate, career inventories are administered as part of the career counseling process. Career inventories offered by the Counseling Center include the Strong Interest Inventory and the SIGI Plus.