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Counseling Center

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The Counseling Center is committed to helping you benefit as much as possible from your experience at A-State. This support may include helping you to perform better academically, to cope with your emotions, or to be more effective in your relationships with others.

The University environment can be exciting and challenging. It also can be highly stressful since you may face academic pressures as well as demands from family, friends, and loved ones at the same time. While we work with students who may be experiencing a crisis, our goal is to help you deal with your concerns before they develop into more serious problems.

The preferred way for a student to begin services at the Counseling Center is through an intake session.  Intake sessions are available Monday through Thursday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.If you are unable to schedule during these times, please let us know so we can make arrangements for a time suitable to your schedule.

Just call the Counseling Center (870) 972-2318), and tell the Administrative Assistant that you want to schedule an intake session.  You will complete a few forms and meet with a counselor at the scheduled time. If you prefer, you may contact us by email at phestand@astate.edu

Therapy Assisted On-Line (TAO) Treatment

Therapist Assisted Online (TAO) is an interactive, dynamic, and easy-to-access online program. It was designed for addressing issues related to anxiety and depression, which are the problems most commonly faced by students at A-State. TAO can provide resources and tools to promote healthy coping skills and help you bounce back from life’s disappointments and frustrations. For more information see the TAO  page.

TAO Self-Help

TAO Self-Help is a platform of tools and information to help you learn about struggles common to college students and to develop helpful strategies for navigating these challenges. TAO Self-Help is available to be completed as a stand-alone resource for preventative care. For more information see the TAO Self-Help page.

PLEASE NOTE: TAO Self-Help Modules are informational and intended as an aid in understanding the topics presented, but are not intended as treatment or substitute for assistance from a qualified mental health professional.

Mental Health Screenings

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional - they are a checkup from your neck up. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. Follow the link to select your screening:



The Arkansas State University Counseling Center is fully accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS). The Counseling Center was evaluated by IACS against high standards of counseling practice and was found to offer competent and reliable professional services to its clientele. Approval by IACS is also dependent upon evidence of continued professional development as well as demonstration of excellence of counseling performance.

Faculty and Staff:

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You may be the first to recognize that a student needs help, and are often the one who can guide the student to professional resources.

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domestic violence hotline

domestic violence hotline

1-800-799-7233/1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

The National Domestic Violence Hotline Web Page