Among the various centers at Pierce College Puyallup, the personal counseling center is one of the lesser known.
The goal of the counseling center is to help end the stigma that individuals face with mental health.
Located in the Student Success Center is Elizabeth “Liz” Scott and her office, the personal counseling office at Pierce.
Scott is a licensed mental health counselor by the state of Washington, and her services are both free and anonymous to interested students. She finds confidentiality essential as she practices her methods of keeping her paperwork behind two locks and only writing them by hand.
Last year, 109 different students and faculty were received from the personal counseling center, totaling to 248 visits.
The Access and Disability department can be of use too. Staff members help those with mental disabilities as well as physical.
Resources are also available at the Pierce College website under the student life section, where individuals can take an anonymous online screening that is open to everyone.
Scott highly recommends afterdeployment.org, where various tests can be found that aren’t limited to ex-military.
Scott’s available for helping those in need of her guidance, as well as informational interviews for those interested in going into a mental health related field or profession.
She says she wants to try and start up a stress management group for the students here. Scott attempted last year to no avail with only five students on average showing up each meeting.
The personal counseling center provides services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday and Friday. Services on Thursdays are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Students can contact Scott if they’re interested in helping her begin the stress management group or to schedule a session. Dropping in is welcomed as well.
Scott can be reached by phone at 253-840-8443, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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