Counseling Services

MISSION
Counseling Services provides core psychological services to enhance the mental health and wellness of students through culturally competent, consultative, and preventative mental health services.

VISION
To provide exemplary and essential mental health services to students in achieving their educational and personal goals.


Meharry Medical College Counseling Services, which operates as a unit of the Division of Academic, Support, Operations, Technology, and Planning, was established to assist students with the balance of professional studies and personal issues. The Counseling Services is located in the Meharry Clinic Building, Suite #325 (near Student Health Services) on the Meharry campus. Counseling for students and their significant others is provided by Professional Health Service Providers who have no teaching or evaluative role with the students.

Appointments
To make an appointment or to obtain further information about the Counseling Services, please contact us at 615.327.6915. Counseling Services is open Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Hours are quite flexible, however, and appointments may be scheduled until early evening, when necessary. Although appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome.

Services
A wide range of services are available to students including:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Case management
  • Coaching
  • Individual, group, family, and couples counseling
  • Outreach and consultation

All counseling services for students and their immediate family are provided at no cost to the student. When referrals are made to mental health providers, these services are normally covered under the provision of the students's health insurance policy.

Click here for a list of additional counseling services and training offered.

Referrals
Referrals to other agencies or to other health care providers are made as appropriate. Should students need to seek services from a psychiatrist for medication evaluation or other issues, we provide referral to local community psychiatrists.

Click here for a list of hotlines and local resources.

Confidentiality
Please be assured that all counseling services are strictly confidential. No faculty member, staff, student, friend, or family member will be permitted access to a student's counseling records without written permission from the counselee. Counseling session's records are NOT a part of the student's academic records.

Counseling and Psychological Emergency
For psychological emergencies, counselors are available for crisis assistance and consultation 24/7. During business hours, call or come into the Counseling Services office and request to be seen immediately. After hours and on weekends, on-call counselors can be reached by calling at 615.327.6915. In case of an emergency that requires police or emergency medical services, please call 911.

Staff
Sharda Mishra, Ph.D., S.L.P.E., N.C.C., L.P.C., B.C.C./H.S.P.
Director
615.327.6156
smishra@mmc.edu

Cynthia D. Jackson, Ph.D.
Counseling Psychologist
615.327-.6371
cjackson@mmc.edu

Joyce P. Shannon
Administrative Assistant, Senior
615.327.6915
jshannon@mmc.edu