The Counseling Center is a safe and respectful space where students and faculty can receive confidential and specialized psychological support regarding a wide range of issues. The Center aims to:
- Support students who are facing personal or academic problems to successfully complete their studies
- Help cultivate and refine academic and life skills necessary for personal and professional development
- Provide insight into a student's own resources and empower self-care strategies
- Help towards developing better employability skills and leading a fuller and richer student experience
Counseling Center Services
The Center's services are based upon a holistic health philosophy which addresses psychological difficulty through the right balance of mind, body and spirit, embracing the ancient Greek dictum "healthy mind in healthy body" (νους υγιής εν σώματι υγιή). The Center's services have been designed in the context of the cross-cultural identity of the institution and the recognition that its students represent a variety of ethnic, religious, cultural and sexual identities.
The Counseling Center’s services include:
- Clinical Assessment
- Individual Counselling
- Psycho-educational group work
- Career counselling
- Crisis interventions
The Expressive Arts Lab
The Counseling Center’s Expressive Arts Lab is a safe, creative space that all members of the college community can use to express themselves. Participants can choose among a wide range of expressive media—from drawing, painting and charcoal sketching, to wood working, music, and poetry. Activities are facilitated by graduate interns under the supervision of Dr. Sax and the Counseling Center Coordinator, Dr. Maria Agorastou. All materials are provided by the Counseling Center.
Members of the community can experience the lab on their own or with a group of peers or colleagues. Appointments can be booked by emailing the Center at
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is counselling? What can I expect?
Individual counseling may consist of one or two consultations or may involve a longer series of meetings during the academic year. Students generally meet with a counselor once each week for approximately 50 minutes, depending on individual need as determined at the initial intake interview.
Common concerns which students bring to counseling include: relationship difficulties, anxiety, low self-confidence, academic problems, adjustment problems, homesickness, career goals, substance abuse, depression, and lack of assertiveness. The collaborative counseling process is used to clarify problems, establish realistic goals and develop active, short-term treatment solutions.
2. What is confidentiality in psychological counseling?
Information will not be shared with parties outside the Center without the expressed written consent of the client, except where law, regulations, or life-threatening situations require it. If you are referred to the Counseling Center by your mentor/professor, they will only receive confirmation that you have made contact with us; no further disclosures will be made regarding the issues that you will discuss with your counselor. Please feel free to discuss confidentiality issues with your counselor during your first appointment.
3. Where is Student Counseling Services located?
4. What are Student Counseling Services hours?
5. Are crisis counselors available? What should I do in a psychological emergency?
Please bear in mind that currently the Hellenic American College Counseling Center does not run an emergency crisis service. which means that staff are available only on specific days and at specific times but not 24/7. During your appointment though, the Center’s staff will assist you in identifying sources of support in the community (outside the Counseling Center) if necessary.
6. Are groups available?
Themes which can be the focus of group counseling include unhealthy eating, stress management, body image, bereavement, LGBT, communication in relationship, etc. At the beginning of each academic term, check the website for information on the groups available. Group participation is voluntary and confidential for all students.
7. Who are the staff at the University Counseling Center?
8. How do I make an appointment at Hellenic American College Counseling Center?
9. Does the Counseling Center provide presentations and workshops?