Personal Support Resources

Walk-in Services for Mental Health

LifeBridge Community Services

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday ... 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday ... 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Optimus Health Center

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday ... 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday ... 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Southwest Community Health Center

  • Welcomes walk-in visits for patients who are sick and need to be seen immediately. Hours vary by location. To reduce wait time, click on the link to schedule an appointment.

Online Mental Health Resources

Students seeking information and/or resources in the areas of health, mental health, and wellness will find these listed websites helpful. Be sure to check out their free online depression and anxiety screenings. 

Community Resources

HCC has a list of resources that you might find useful. If you need assistance with food or shelter, the following items might be helpful to you.

Counseling and Wellness Center Online Care Report

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Counseling and Wellness Center Staff


Indira Reddy, Counselor
Room LH-L205, 203-332-5039

Marilyn A. Albrecht, Counselor | Title IX Investigator | Gender Equity Coordinator
Room LH-L309, 203-332-8521

Linda Wolfson, Counselor
Room LH-L311, 203-332-5181


Accessibility Services


Marilyn Wehr: Accessibility Services Coordinator | Counselor
Room LH L115B, 203-332-5018


Optimus Behavioral Health


Annette Tirado: Walk-in & Appointments on Thursdays 8AM-4PM
Room LH A113, 203-332-8537


Campus Emergency? Call Public Safety.


Lafayette Hall Room LH A105 and Beacon Hall Room BH 110
Phone: 203-332-5025 or Press ** (star key twice)

CARE Report

Student in Computer Lab

What are Care Reports?

The Care Report can be used by students, faculty and staff to "report" students who are exhibiting issues or behavior that are causing concern. This includes:

  • Emotional/mental health concerns
  • Aberrant or altered behavior
  • Personal needs, e.g., food/clothing/transportation/housing
  • College student success needs, e.g., Achievement Coaching
  • Reports of sexual assault, stalking, or intimate partner violence

There are often signs that a student is in distress. For instance, is someone you know...

  • Experiencing a decline in academic performance?
  • Demonstrating disruptive or disturbing behavior?
  • Showing dramatic changes in appearance, personal hygiene, behavior, or weight?
  • Having problems at home, with classes or work?
  • Making disturbing comments in conversation, email, letters, social media postings, or papers?
  • Sad, anxious, or experiencing dramatic mood shifts?
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs?
  • Isolating themselves socially?
  • Acting paranoid or suspicious?
  • Frequently angry or easily frustrated?
  • Struggling with health problems?
  • If you know someone who is exhibiting any of the behaviors listed above, you can make a difference by filing a Care Report. 

    Click Here to Access the Care Report

    IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY and/or there is a potential threat to you or someone else dial 911 or call Campus Security at (203) 332-5025.

    HCC ClassroomHousatonic Community College is committed to the success of its students by providing an environment conducive to teaching and learning. To ensure that every student takes full advantage of the educational opportunities, the College has implemented a student success program supported through an Early Alert System.

    The goal of the Early Alert program is to work with students individually and assist in a success plan that aids in overcoming any barrier to college success. The system allows faculty to be proactive, supportive, and involved in facilitating the academic components of student retention through early detection and intervention of students who are experiencing problems.

    The early alert period has ended. Thank you all for your participation and we look forward to working with you next semester.

    There are many reasons that a student might be submitted to the Early Alert System: we work with students who have a range of academic and personal barriers that prevent them from being successful. Some of the most common reasons for submitting a student to the Early Alert System include:

    • Excessive absences and/or tardiness
    • Needs tutoring
    • Has low test and/or quiz scores
    • Not completing homework
    • Knowledge of personal or family difficulties (i.e. financial, death in the family, etc.)

    We have developed a set of best practices for using the Early Alert System to help your students be successful:

    • The Early Alert System works best when used early! Submissions in the first 4 weeks of class are most likely to result in a successful outcome for your students
    • Let your student know the nature of your concern for them and that you will be submitting them to the Early Alert System
    • Include a description of the Early Alert System in your syllabus

    LAUNCH

    Each semester, new students that have completed the Accuplacer placement test will schedule a mandatory Launch Group Advising session. During the advising session, students will:

    • Learn how to navigate the college website
    • Learn about degree and certificate programs offered
    • Identify career options
    • Build schedules from course offerings based upon placement test, AP, or SAT scores
    • Learn how to register for classes online
    • Learn about Degree Works to check academic progress and program requirements
    • Learn important terminology such as prerequisite, co-requisite, parallel, Satisfactory Academic Progress, and cumulative GPA
    • Identify faculty advisors and understand the importance of creating a working relationship with them
    • Identify campus resources and departments such as advising, career services, Center for Academic Progress (CAP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), TEAS testing, counseling, Family Economic Security Program (FESP), financial aid, HCC Foundation, and tutorial services.

    For LAUNCH questions or concerns please contact: Alese Mulvihill, 203.332.8508.

    LAUNCH

    From the Housatonic Community College website:

    Log into myCommNet using your student Banner ID and Password

    Choose the Student Tab

    Click on Student Self Service

    Select Student Records

    Select Student Degree Evaluation

    Select the present term

    Select What if Analysis

    Select Entry Term (term you first enrolled)

    Select the Program of Study (Major you want evaluated)

    Select First Major (the same program)

    Select Generate Request

    Select General Requirements (not Detail)

    Generate request then Submit and Print

    To select another Program of Study/Major – Click on What If Analysis at the bottom of the page. Areas designated as MET are completed. Areas NOT MET need to be completed.

    1. Go to the HCC websit.

    2. Click on Registration Resources

    3. Look for the heading REGISTRATION

    4. Click Here to Register Online You will need to have your banner id number and your password to proceed from here.

    5. Log onto MyCommNet using your banner id and enter your password

    6. Click the “Student” tab

    7. Click Student /Academic Records

    8. Click Registration & Payment

    9. Click on select a term and choose FALL 2017

    10. Click on Register (add/drop) classes

    11. You will need the four digit CRN number for each course you want to register for

    12. Enter the four digit CRN number into each box correctly then select submit to register Payment is due at time of registration. You can use your credit or financial aid to complete your registration Any mistakes or changes to your registration cannot be done online they must be done in person.

    Log into myCommnet.edu using your student Banner ID and Password

    Choose!the!Student!Tab

    Click on Student Self Service

    Click on Student Records

    Click on Student Information

    Select Current Term

    Your Primary Advisor is shown here. Return to home page of website.

    Click onto Directories to locate Primary Advisor’s contact information.

    Set up an appointment for advisement. Advising months are: April for the Summer/Fall registration periods and November for the Spring. Please seek advisement from your faculty advisor during these advising months.

    Rules to Live By

    Rule #1

    Read Your Catalog

    You must be a good consumer of your college education. Ignorance of the rules is no excuse.

    Rule #2

    Follow Your Degree Plan

    Without a plan you have no direction and with no direction you cannot reach your goal.

    Rule #3

    Meet With Your Advisor Every Semester

    Careful planning is key to academic success. You do not have to go it alone. Ask your advisor. Don’t know who your advisor is or having trouble finding your advisor? Come to LH- A111. We will help you.

    Rule #4

    You Must Meet All Prerequisite Requirements

    A prerequisite is a required course that you must complete. 
    For example: ENG* E101 (Composition) is a “prerequisite” to ENG* E102 (Literature and Composition). You cannot take ENG* 102 until you complete ENG* 101.

    Rule #5

    You Cannot Be In Two Places At The Same Time

    Be aware of the days and times each class begins and ends. Even a cross over of 10 minutes is physically impossible. Watch your times.

    Rule #6

    Not All Courses Are Offered Every Semester

    Work with your Faculty Advisor on long range planning to determine when you will complete courses required in your program.

    Rule #7

    Get The CRN # Right

    The CRN # is the course’s identity. It is a four digit number at the beginning of each course listed in the schedule. Get it wrong and you are in the wrong class. Period.

    Rule #8

    Go To Class, Study, and Do Your Homework

    Rule #9

    Ask For Help When You Need It

    If you don’t ask, we can’t help you.

    Rule #10

    Follow These Rules

    Follow the rules to be successful in your academic endeavors.

    Academic Advising & Counseling @ HCC

    See the Counseling Center (LH-A108) for:

    • Academic Advising
    • Personal Counseling
    • Transfer Information
    • Career Information
    • Fresh Start
    • Degree Evaluation
    • Crisis-Prevention
    • Workshops

    Services are available both on a walk-in basis and by appointment, call (203) 332-5097

    Counseling Center Hours:

    Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Other times available by appointment

    Welcome to the Housatonic Community College Counseling Center

    Counseling Center Hours: 

    Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Counseling Center is to assist students in being successful at Housatonic Community College.

    Counselors help identify personal, academic and social barriers that may prevent students from succeeding.  They represent a safe haven for the students, a place where confidential information can be exchanged.

    The goal of the counselors, who are trained professionals, is to help students benefit from an experience at HCC that will prepare them for employment in their field of study, or to continue their education at a four year college or university.

    We're Here to Help

    The counselors at HCC strive to help you achieve academic success, feel comfortable at Housatonic, develop educational and career plans and help you understand yourself and others.  The ultimate goal is for you, the student, to direct your own life and feel responsible for yourself and your actions.

    Sometimes students want to just sit down and talk about personal or non-academic concerns. The counselors are here to listen.  They recognize that many students are trying to balance work, school and family responsibilities along with personal needs.  They understand that overwhelming pressure can build; therefore, they offer you a friendly ear in a confidential setting.  Referrals to outside agencies are made when necessary.

    Personal Adjustment Counseling

    Seek personal counseling if you feel:

    • Overwhelmed and ready to quit
    • Undecided about educational and career choices
    • Upset over relationships
    • Tense, anxious, inadequate, puzzled or depressed
    • Confused about sex, alcohol or drugs
    • Concerned about weight, food or exercise issues
    • Upset about a traumatic event
    • Confused about gender or sexual identity

    Counselors can help you:

    • Develop a clear sense of your options
    • Reduce anxiety
    • Make educational and career life plans
    • Increase self-confidence and self-esteem
    • Cope with stress
    • Find resources to help you with your academic performance
    • Balance social life, school and work
    • Get along better with others

    Academic Advising

    The Counseling Center provides academic advising by appointment and by walk-in. Faculty advisors are available in all academic departments.

    If you experience an academic problem, come to the Counseling Center and discuss your options with a Counselor.   Counselors are available to discuss a variety of academic issues such as: academic probation, academic suspension, and graduation requirements.

    If your career plans change and you are thinking of changing your academic program, change of program forms are available in the Counseling Center.  They are also available on the HCC website.  Also, if you have not attended for two years and your GPA is below 2.0, you can request the Fresh Start Option.  

    Visit the Counseling Center for more information.

    Career Counseling

    Located in Lafayette Hall in room A108, the career counselor can help students succeed in many ways. Career goals can help students plan their college programs to assure they have the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Counselors can also help students with transfer information to four-year institutions. Some of the services include:

    • Assistance with establishing career goals. 
    • Maintaining the bulletin board of job postings for students, directly outside suite A108.    
    • Assisting with resume writing and cover letters. 
    • Assisting students with the Strong Inventory Survey Questionnaire to explore educational goals. 

    The Career/Transfer reference library is located in room A108-b. The library offers students additional resources including college catalogs, background literature on careers, etc. Career/Transfer Workshops are held  throughout the year and give students additional information to help make their career and transfer choices. 

    The Counseling Center also offers workshops

    Professional Counselors facilitate the following workshops:

    • Test anxiety 
    • Math anxiety
    • Study skills
    • Time management
    • Stress management
    • Orientation to college and/or universities

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT

    Edwin Chapman, MSW,  L.C.S.W., Counselor

    (203) 332-5036

    Indira Reddy, Ed.D. LCPC  

    (203)332-5039 

    Marilyn Wehr, MS, LPC, Counselor
    MWehr@hcc,commnet.edu
    (203)332-5042 

    Linda Wolfson Ph.D., P/T Counselor

    (203) 332-5181

    Housatonic Community College
    900 Lafayette Boulevard
    Bridgeport, CT   06604