The mission of the HCC Counseling Department is to provide holistic support for students pursuing their educational goals. In order to accomplish this mission, we will provide a full range of professional services including personal and mental health counseling, career counseling, academic skills enhancement, outreach programming, consultation, and crisis intervention.

Who we are


Who we are

HCC Counselors are licensed-professionals with masters or doctoral degrees who offer free, time-limited, short-term counseling to currently enrolled students. HCC COUNSELORS

What we do


What we do

We offer Personal Counseling, Career Counseling, Crisis Counseling, Student Success Retention and ADA Counseling Services. Counseling Services

We offer the following Counseling Services 

Personal Counseling Services

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Substance Use Issues:

  • Anger management
  • LGBTQIA+ identity (lesbian, gay,
    bisexual, transgender,
    queer/questioning, intersex,
    asexual and allies)
  • Self-concept, self-esteem,
    and self-worth
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Stress management strategies
  • Assertiveness and self-confidence
  • Men’s issues
  • Title IX issues
    • Dating and domestic violence
    • Gender equity
    • Sexual harassment and sexual assault
    • Stalking
  • Cultural identity
  • Mental health information and referrals
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program 
  • Goal-setting and decision-making
  • Relationship and intimacy issues
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Multicultural issues
  • Women’s issues


Counselors practice under professional ethical standards that prohibit the disclosure of any information that students tell them during a counseling session, except by a written release from the student or under specific circumstances. Exclusions to confidentiality may include a risk of harm to self or others; abuse of a minor, elder or vulnerable adult; health or medical emergency; scheduling; discussions and documents related to Standards of Academic Progress; or other circumstances required by law. Counselors will review confidentiality and exclusions with you. Questions may be directed to your counselor or the Director of Counseling and Ability Services.


Currently enrolled HCC students are eligible to receive services through the Counseling Offices.  However, eligibility for individual counseling services may vary.

Career Counseling Services

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  • Assistance to choose or change careers: Career decision-making

  • Career workshops and individual career counseling appointments

  • Career interests, skills, values and personality type inventory assessments

  • Educational goal-setting to support career choice

  • Interpretation of career self-assessment tools for interests, skills, values and personality type
  • Referrals to the Career Services and Job Placement for career research, internet resources, résumés, informational interviewing and job shadowing

Crisis Counseling Services


If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or Text “TALK” to 74174. Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 1-800-799-4889.
To find support groups outside the U.S. go to BefriendersWorldwide.

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  • Crisis assessment and individual short-term crisis intervention for students suffering from acute emotional distress

  • Suicide assessment, support, intervention and appropriate referrals

Student Success & Retention Services

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    • Adjusting to an academic culture
    • Anxiety and stress management
    • Balancing school, work and family
    • Coping with problems in classes
    • Drugs and alcohol abuse prevention
    • Domestic violence prevention
    • Healthy relationships and intimacy
    • Identifying barriers to success
    • Improving concentration, motivation, and information processing
    • Motivation toward academic goals
    • Reducing test anxiety
    • Study Skills
    • Time-management skills
    • Support and advocacy

ADA Counseling Services

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Students with a need for reasonable classroom accommodations through our Ability Services office may visit our Ability Services webpage 


Off-campus crisis resources

Nearest Mental Health Authority – Psychiatric Emergency Neuropsychiatric Center (NPC)
1502 Taub Loop
Houston, Texas 77030
(713) 970-4640
(713) 970-7070 

Ben Taub Psychiatric Emergency
1504 Ben Taub Loop
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 873-2631
(713) 873-2000

  • The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD - Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP)
    1-866-970-4770 Prompt and high-quality assessments, and efficient stabilization services for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free, 24-hour hotline available to
    anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
  • The Veterans Crisis Line supports Veterans in crisis and their families and friends through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) Domestic Violence Hotline: Toll-Free: 1-800-256-0551; Sexual Assault Hotline: Toll-Free: 1-800-256-0661 Ending domestic and sexual violence for all.
  • Trans Lifeline  877-565-8860, is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.
  • LGBT Switchboard Houston 713-529-3211 LGBT Switchboard 24-Hour Helpline [formerly Gay & Lesbian Switchboard Houston] has been on the line for Houston’s GLBT community since 1982. A service of the Montrose Center, LGBT Switchboard continues to rely upon dedicated and specially trained volunteers to sustain itself.
  • To Report Threatening Behavior or Report a Crime


Free online resources for students

  • The Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO provides accurate and personalized feedback about: individual drinking pattern; risk patterns; aspirations and goals; and helpful resources at Houston Community College and in the community.
  • ULifeline is a comprehensive, confidential, online resource center for college students regarding mental and emotional health.
  • UpTo Date

The information provided by the external resources including third-party websites is designed to provide helpful information on the topic. Their content is not controlled by HCC and they are not meant to be used to diagnose or treat any condition. HCC makes no representation as to the accuracy of the content.

Community Referral Resources

  • Blue Book - HIV Resources The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. Its council members, in collaboration with consumers, service providers, and other experts determine what services are most needed by people living with HIV in Houston.
  • NAMI the National Alliance on Mental Illness is that nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.
  • The Council on Recovery The Council’s Center for Recovering Families is Houston’s premier outpatient provider of treatment for alcoholism, substance abuse, and mental health disorders.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a United States federal-government research institute whose mission is to "lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction."
  •  A non-profit organization that serves as an information hub, providing referrals for housing, health care, child care, food, and other resources.
  • Coalition for the homeless The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the development, advocacy, and coordination of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness.
  • Houston Food Bank 713.223.3700 America’s largest food bank in distribution leading hunger relief in 18 southeast Texas counties.
  • Harris County Community Services Department This office is focused on addressing the housing, infrastructure and public service needs of the low to moderate income community in Harris County.
    Legacy Community Health Services 832-548-5000 or 832-548-5100 As a full-service, Federally Qualified Health Center, Legacy identifies unmet needs and gaps in health-related services and develops client-centered programs to address those needs. A United Way-affiliated agency since 1990, we currently provide adult primary care, pediatrics, dental care, vision services, behavioral health services, OB/GYN and maternity, vaccinations and immunizations, health promotion and community outreach, wellness and nutrition, and comprehensive HIV/AIDS care.
  • United Way 713-685-2300 United Way of Greater Houston engages caring people to improve lives and build a stronger community.
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
  • Stalking Resource Center
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence




Free online career inventory resources

  • ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) ASVAB CEP empowers students nationwide to discover their strengths and interests then map out post-secondary plans that work. Start exploring. It's free!
  • Career OneStop - U.S. Department of Labor Your source for career exploration, training & jobs Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. A proud partner of the American job center network.
  • O*NET® Career Exploration Tools The O*NET® team has designed a set of self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help workers consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively. They also are designed for use by students who are exploring the school-to-work transition. The assessment instruments, which are based on a "whole-person" concept, are grouped into three major families: O*NET Ability Profiler; O*NET Interest Profiler; O*NET Work Importance Locator.


Schedule an appointment

To schedule a counseling appointment, contact the campus counseling office directly.

Threatening behavior

Members of the HCC community have the opportunity to report issues that they believe may be a violation of the Student Conduct Code.
Students can file a report by the links below.

Contact Us

Director of Counseling and Ability Services

Mahnaz Kolaini, M.Ed., LPC-S 


3200 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002