A counseling center at Amarillo College is making a difference in their student’s lives.
Students in their teens through their 70s are visiting the Counseling Center at Amarillo College to work through any problems they may be facing.
“We have a very nontraditional student population which I love. My job is never boring. We see everything, from test anxiety to PTSD all the way to just feeling they are overwhelmed with life in general and want somebody to talk to,” said Lindsey Eggleston, a Mental Health Counselor.
The center opened a year and a half ago and in that time, the counselors say they have made a real difference.
Kristen Barrick says they have had clients visit the center who had been battling depression and even contemplating suicide.
“Life is overwhelming, a lot of these students are working, they are in relationships, they’re trying to go to school, they’re raising kids and it can feel like, I can’t do this and I want to make people see that you can do this and there is purpose in what you are doing and reminding them of their worth,” added Barrick.
The center offers one-on-one counseling by appointment along with a weekly group workshop.
“We are going to be here counseling while you are a student at AC but life goes on after AC and we want to equip you with the tools you need to kind of get through tough times after you are out of college,” said Barrick.
All enrolled students are able to take part in counseling free of charge.
The counseling center offers the Feel Better Fast Stress Relief Workshop every Tuesday for all students.
It takes place in the College Union Building Louise Daniels Dining Room, starting at noon.
For more information on the Counseling Center and the stress relief workshop, click here.