Counseling and Ability Services

Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of Counseling and Ability Services (CAS) at Houston Community College is to provide holistic support for students pursuing their educational goals. In order to accomplish this mission, we will provide a full range of professional services including personal and mental health counseling, career counseling, academic skills enhancement, outreach programming, consultation, and crisis intervention. Counselors help students graduate when they may face problems or academic difficulties. Counselors engage students in various counseling modalities, including Successful Learning Intervention Program (SLIP), with focused interventions to help a student achieve educational, personal and professional goals, while valuing and considering diverse interests, skills, and abilities.

HCC Counselors and what they do:

HCC Counselors are licensed professionals (and Counseling interns) with masters or doctoral degrees.  Some of the services offered include:

Academic Advisors versus Counselors: What's the difference?

At HCC, advisors  and counselors have different roles and cover different topics of information.  

Visits with a counselor are by appointment only. Visit the Counseling webpage for additional

information. The following are reasons for meeting with a counselor instead of an advisor:

Educational Counseling

Academic Probation
Academic Suspension
Required counseling by:

  • Financial aid appeals
  • Student judicial review
  • Dean
  • Faculty

Career Counseling

  • Changed degrees several times and are still unsure of the best one for you.
  • Plan for career transition

ADA Counseling

  • Set appropriate reasonable accommodations with approved documentation
  • Locate HCC resources for accommodations

Brief Personal Counseling and Workshops

  • Academic anxiety
  • Managing responsibilities
  • Adjusting to or from college
  • Self-esteem
  • Motivation
  • Assertiveness
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs issues
  • Crisis management

Note: Houston Community College Counseling Services provides time-limited, short-term counseling (3 to 5 sessions per semester while currently enrolled) by licensed mental health professionals and/or supervised graduate student interns.  Students eligible for Counseling Services may work with their counselor to identify additional, off-campus resources if more intensive or long-term counseling is required, or if students require resources or competencies beyond what the Counseling Services Office can provide.

When are Counselors available?

Counselors are available by appointment during the following hours:

  • Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
  • Fridays 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Walk-in hours are Monday through Thursday:

  • 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Hours may vary across campuses.