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Personal Counseling


Message to students from BCTC Counseling Department

We are here for you.

BCTC Counseling Services offers free short-term confidential time-limited counseling and crisis services for all BCTC students. Something as simple as talking to someone can help you feel better, improve your grades and manage stress. We will talk with you, help you identify solutions or support, and connect you with those services at BCTC or in the community.


Anita Nelums, M.Ed., LPCA
Director of Counseling Services

Roger Pearson, LCSW
College Counselor


BCTC Personal Counseling is offering 5 workshops in a rotating schedule Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am and 3pm this semester. Additional sessions can be scheduled for classes, groups, or students that cannot attend a regular session.

A 45-minute workshop to increase stress tolerance.

Handling stress is an important concern for students. Learn how to deal with the added stressors of in-home learning in the age of Covid-19.

  • May - 18th at 10am, 25th at 3pm
  • June- 2nd at 10am, 9th at 3pm, 22nd at 10am, 29th at 3pm
  • July - 7th at 10am, 14th at 3pm, 27th at 10am
  • August - 3rd at 3pm, 11th at 10am, 18th at 3pm, 31st at 10am

Email Roger Pearson, BCTC Personal Counselor to register for Microsoft Teams Meeting workshop. 

A 45-minute workshop to increase study skills.

Effective study skills; updated to increase success in online classes.

  • May - 18th at 3pm, 26th at 10 am
  • June - 2nd at 3pm, 15th at 10am, 22nd at 3pm, 30th at 10am
  • July - 7th at 3pm, 20th at 10am, 27th at 3pm
  • August - 4th at 10am, 11th at 3pm, 24th at 10pm, 31st at 3pm

Email Roger Pearson, BCTC Personal Counselor to register for Microsoft Teams Meeting workshop.

A 45-minute workshop to learn to recognize unhealthy levels of anxiety and/or depression and what your options are.

Learning to understand how excessive anxiety and/or depression can affect you is an important step to learning how you might reverse the anxiety and depression cycle. Know the signs and symptoms to be aware of and what your options are to reduce them.

  • May - 19th at 10am, 26th at 3pm
  • June - 8th at 10am, 15th at 3pm, 23rd at 10am, 30th at 3pm
  • July - 13th at 10am, 20th at 3pm, 28th at 10am  
  • August - 4th at 3pm, 17th at 10am, 24th at 3pm,

Email Roger Pearson, BCTC Personal Counselor to register for Microsoft Teams Meeting workshop. 

Increase your knowledge about suicidality.
Increasing your understanding of suicidality and what you can do to help yourself and those you care about stay safe is of critical importance in today’s stress filled environment. It’s okay to talk about it!

  • May - 19th at 3pm,  
  • June - 1st at 10am, 8th at 3pm, 16th at 10am, 23rd at 3pm
  • July - 6th at 10am, 13th at 3pm, 21st at 10am, 28th at 3pm
  • August - 10th at 10am, 17th at 3pm, 25th at 10am 

Email Roger Pearson, BCTC Personal Counselor to register for Microsoft Teams Meeting workshop.

A 45-minute workshop to Increase your ability to overcome stress.

Increase your ability to overcome stress, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed, by adding new techniques (happiness skills) to your self-care and coping skills toolbox.

  • May - 25th at 10am
  • June - 1st at 3pm, 9th at 10am, 16th at 3pm, 29th at 10am
  • July - 6th at 3pm, 14th at 10am, 21st at 3pm,  
  • August - 3rd at 10am, 10th at 3pm, 18th at 10am, 25th at 3pm

Email Roger Pearson, BCTC Personal Counselor to register for Microsoft Teams Meeting workshop.

Phone Apps that can help with mental health

  • I AM
  • Calm
  • Colorfy
  • Foco Time and Focus Keeper
  • Insighttimer
  • Liberate
  • Mind Shift
  • PTSD Coach
  • TAO Mobile
  • Woebot

Services via telephone, Zoom, Skype, or Microsoft Teams

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are providing services through remote means.

  • BCTC Counselors are available to provide consultation Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • You can self-schedule an appointment  or call 859.246.6550
  • Because we are meeting remotely you may schedule for any day regardless of which campus you regularly attend.

Suicidal Thoughts or Ideations

If you are, or someone you know,  is experiencing suicidal thoughts or ideations do not delay talking to someone- seek help  immediately

Personal Counseling Information and scheduling

Personal counseling services are free and confidential for all registered BCTC students. We are available to assist students with handling a variety of issues that may or may not be classroom related.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Problems forming relationships
  • Lack of satisfaction with current relationships
  • Loss of relationships (through death, divorce, break-ups, moving away)
  • Family problems
  • Anger
  • Loneliness
  • Homesickness
  • Being different from others due to ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, race
  • Experiencing violence now or in the past
  • Problems related to alcohol or other substance use
  • Rape/sexual assault
  • Problems with eating or body image
  • Adjusting to college
  • Adjusting to a new culture
  • Wanting to learn to make healthier life choices
  • Having a general sense of "not feeling like myself"
  • Having a general feeling of unhappiness or unease
  • Confusion about identity, who or what you want to be
    Career and major exploration

Personal counseling services are free and confidential to all registered BCTC students.

Students frequently ask the following questions about confidentiality:

  • What if a professor calls to find out if a student has sought counseling?
  • What if a parent calls wanting to know if their son or daughter is getting help?
  • What if a future employer wants to know if a BCTC graduate has ever received counseling?

Our staff takes confidentiality extremely seriously. No matter who calls seeking information about students or alumni, the answer is always something like this: "We are not allowed to disclose any information about students without a written release of information from that student. Therefore, we are not even able to tell you whether a person has ever sought services here."

That means that students can seek counseling services at Counseling Services and rest assured that no one will know their business unless the student gives his or her permission for the counselor to release information. There are only three exceptions to this policy:

  • The first involves safety: If a student discloses to a counselor that he or she feels like they can not prevent themselves from killing or seriously harming themselves or another person, the counselor may need to break confidentiality. That doesn't mean that students can't talk about suicidal or rageful feelings. Lots of students go through times when they feel this way. It's just that if a person feels these things to such extremes that they can't control themselves from carrying it out, their counselor may need to break confidentiality to protect a person from harm.
  • Another exception to the policy is when the student tells the counselor about someone being abused who is either under 18, over 65, or disabled. In these cases, the counselor is mandated by law to disclose that information to the Kentucky Department of Social Services. The reason for this is to make sure that people who can not protect themselves are being protected by the law and by state services.
  • The final exception to the policy is when a judge forces a counselor to turn over records to a court of law. This is very rare and only occurs when students are involved in some sort of legal proceedings such as custody cases and lawsuits.

Informed Consent

Our policy about confidentiality is based on state law and the ethics of the counseling profession. We believe strongly that students should be aware of how these policies work before they begin counseling. This is known as a client's informed consent. Counselors talk with students about these and other related issues in their first session.

Remote services only at this time. Feel free to schedule for any day no matter what campus you attend. Counselors will contact you prior to your appointment with details.

Schedule an Appointment

Office Hours*

Phone: 859-246-6550

Monday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

*Appointments may be made outside of these hours. Please contact us to arrange a time.

Our Locations

  • Cooper Campus
    AT Building Room 102
  • Leestown Campus
    By Appointment Only
  • Newtown Campus
    Science Education Center, Room 101

Additional Resources

TAO  - Therapy Assistance Online

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 800-273-8255 or Chat with Lifeline

National Suicide Preventon Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis.

Crisis Text Line - Text HELLO to 741741

Veterans Crisis Line - Call 800-273-8255  and press 1

Veterans Crisis Line - 800-273-8255 press 1