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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 workshops in a rotating schedule at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. this Fall. This semester there will also be 3 Workshops offered on select Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Registrations for workshops will become available on the calender beginning 2 weeks from the date of the workshop and will remain available until 24 hours from its scheduled start time.

View and Register for Workshops

A 45-minute workshop to understand how stress affects you and what to do about it.

Handling stress is an important concern for students. Learn how to understand the added stressors of dealing with Covid-19.

Schedule "Outfoxing Stress in the Age of COVID-19" workshops
Date Time
August 30 10:00 a.m.
September 28 3:00 p.m.
October 18 3:00 p.m.
November 2 3:00 p.m.
November 30 3:00 p.m.

A 45-minute workshop to increase study skills.

Effective study skills; updated to increase success in online classes. Covers organization, time management skills, and helpful tips to increase retention of information.

Scheduled "Soaring to Success" workshops
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August 31 3:00 p.m.
September 14 10:00 a.m.
November 1 10:00 a.m.

A 45-minute workshop for learning how 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 signs and symptoms to be aware of and your options to reduce them.

Scheduled "Stressed or Depressed" workshops
Date Time
September 7 3:00 p.m.
October 12 10:00 a.m.
October 18 7:00 p.m.

A 45-minute workshop for increasing 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.

Scheduled "Transcending Stress" workshops
Date Time
September 13 3:00 p.m.
October 25 3:00 p.m.
November 7 3:00 p.m.

A 40-minute workshop on understanding how we undervalue ourselves and how to increase self-esteem.

Learn how to stop self-sabotage (beating yourself up), begin compassionately supporting yourself, and start empowering yourself towards reaching your goals.

Scheduled "Building Self-Esteem" workshops
Date Time
September 27 3:00 p.m.
November 30 10:00 a.m.

A 45-minute workshop on creating healthy relationships

Learn what makes for a successful, fulfilling, and safe relationship, while increasing your ability to recognize red flags that might signal trouble ahead.

Scheduled "Healthy Relationships" workshops
Date Time
September 21 3:00 p.m.
October 4 10:00 a.m.
November 16 3:00 p.m.

A 40-minute workshop to increase your knowledge about suicidality.

Learning 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!

Scheduled "Understanding Suicide" workshops
Date Time
September 8 7:00 p.m.
October 3 3:00 p.m.
November 15 7:00 p.m.

A 45-minute workshop on rebuilding connections and consolidating resilience after the pandemic.

A look at what we have all been through, ways to understand and move through our losses, and how to rebuild hope for the future.

Scheduled "Re-Engaging After the Pandemic" workshops
Date Time
September 20 10:00 a.m.
October 26 10:00 a.m.

A 30-minute for workshop to help prepare you for the holiday experience.

Increase your understanding of Holiday Blues and learn what strategies can help you to "let go and find the joy."

Scheduled "Holiday Blues" workshops
Date Time
November 9 10:00 a.m.
November 22 10:00 a.m.

Additional sessions can almost always be scheduled for classes, groups, or students that cannot attend a regular session. If you are interested in an out-of-schedule workshop or session, please email

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

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.

  • Face to face services available at Newtown Campus for all BCTC students. 
    Science Education Center (SEC), Suite 101
  • Remote services (Microsoft Teams or phone) available for all BCTC students. 
  • You can self-schedule an appointment by clicking the button below or call (859) 246-6550.

Schedule an Appointment

Office Hours*

Phone: 859-246-6550

Monday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

Office location

  • Newtown Campus
    500 Newtown Pike
    Science Education Center, Room 101
    Lexington, KY 40508-1207

Additional Resources

TAO  - Therapy Assistance Online

Community Resources

Aunt Bertha - The Social Care Network

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