Imagine you’re in a store. You see a man up ahead. He looks familiar. But rather than brushing it off and moving on, something strange happens. Your heart races, you begin to sweat, your throat closes up and you can’t breathe. You begin to cry. You don’t know what is happening, but you know you have to get out of there immediately.
A few short years ago, that was my life. The mundane details of my life caused debilitating panic attacks. I had escaped abuse, moved on with my life, and was finally happy. Why was this happening to me now? I didn’t understand it, but I knew I needed help. That is when I met Brianna Taylor and Barbara Wilson. Those two women saved my life. If it weren’t for them, I have no doubt I would not be in school right now. Back then, I could have never balanced a family and being a successful college student. Thankfully, now I have the tools I need to work through issues and to be successful.
When I first met Brianna and Barbara, they were counselors for Community Healthcore. Brianna was my primary counselor and Barbara worked on my PTSD. These two caring individuals are highly trained LPCs (Licensed Professional Counselors). And now, Texas A&M – Texarkana, is lucky to have them as part of their staff.
Counseling services through Brianna and Barbara are available to any TAMUT student, free of charge. The number of sessions for students are determined on a case by case basis. Brianna said, “We help students with anything from test anxiety, all the way up to something more significant, such as trauma or PTSD.”
There are multiple ways to make an appointment for counseling services. Students can drop by or call the Counseling Center at 903-223-3186, or they can send an email to email@example.com. Professors can also make referrals for students in need. The Counseling Center is located on the fourth floor in the main campus building.
Don’t be afraid to take care of your mental health needs. There is no reason to be ashamed or afraid. Barbara said, “We’re people too.”
As with any other mental health professional, the TAMUT counselors are bound by privacy laws. All sessions are completely confidential. Don’t neglect your mental health. Make an appointment today.