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Counseling Services

Getting Started

The Counseling Center offers free and confidential services to all currently registered students.

How to Connect With the Counseling Center

Making an Appointment: 
  • For all appointments, please call (404) 270-5293. 
    Typically, an Initial Consultation is the first appointment: You will meet briefly with a licensed therapist either in-person, by phone, or virtually via HIPPA compliant Zoom. This is an opportunity for the therapist to learn about your situation and determine your needs. If necessary, the therapist will make a referral for on- or off-campus services—whatever is most appropriate for you.
After scheduling your initial consultation:

  1.  You will receive a confirmation in your Spelman email containing a link to the Medicat Portal where you will complete the required forms for your appointment.

  2. All forms will need to be completed at least an hour before your scheduled appointment; otherwise, you will be asked to reschedule.
  3. All further communication will be sent through secure messages in Medicat.

  4. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call (404) 270-5293 to
Connecting With Counseling After-Hours:
  • Life-threatening emergencies may be reported to Public Safety at 404-525-6401, or 911 if you are off campus. 
  • For Counseling emergencies after-hours, from 4:30pm - 9am, please call (404) 270-5293, select option #2 to speak with the Counselor on-call.
Connecting With Counseling During Staff Lunch (Monday - Friday, from 12pm-1pm)
  • For counseling emergencies during staff lunch, please call 404-270-5293, and select option # 2 to speak with the Counselor on-call.

  • To make an appointment, please leave a message and we will return your call after 1pm.

What to Expect

You will be asked to complete paperwork and will meet briefly with a triage counselor. This is an opportunity for the triage counselor to learn about your situation and determine your needs. The counselor will make a referral for on- or off-campus services, whichever is most appropriate for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I contact Counseling Services?
  • Do I need to give my consent for counseling services?
  • What can I do if I experience a mental health crisis, but cannot attend an in-person session?
  • How does counseling work?
  • Are there any limits or risks related to counseling services?

Generally, students should be aware that:

  • Sessions could be disrupted, delayed, or communications distorted due to technical failures.
  • Virtual counseling involves alternative forms of communication, which may reduce auditory cues and increase the likelihood of misunderstanding one another.
  • Georgia state laws govern the practice of virtual counseling for licensed mental health clinicians in the Counseling Center. Therefore, students must be present in the state of Georgia to participate in virtual services with the Counseling Center.

Make an Appointment


Medicat Client Portal
Medicat Client Portal


Emergency Numbers

Public Safety

LiveSafe 24-Hour Crisis Line

Student Health Services


You Are Not Alone

If you're feeling depressed, angry, stressed, fearful, anxious or alone, download our Connect With Support (PDF) guide with options for receiving professional support.


Contact Us

Counseling Center
Fax: 404-270-5297

Hours of Availability

By appointment only Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 :30 p.m.

The Counseling Center is closed on all official Spelman College holidays and some breaks.