The mission of the HCC Counseling Department 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 ADA accommodations, personal and mental health counseling, career counseling, academic skills enhancement, outreach programming, consultation, and crisis intervention.

Who we are


Who we are

"HCC Counselors are licensed-professionals with masters or doctoral degrees who offer free, time-limited, short-term counseling to currently enrolled students.


What we do


What we do

"We offer Personal Counseling, Career Counseling, Crisis Counseling, Student Success Retention and ADA Counseling Services.

Counseling Services

July is Intimate Partner Violence Month

July is Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse (CDC).

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States.

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We offer the following Counseling Services 

Personal Counseling Services

Houston Community College Counseling Services provides time-limited, short-term counseling (approximately 3 to 5 sessions per semester) to currently enrolled students. The purpose of short-term counseling is to focus on personal issues that may prevent a student from achieving academic success. For longer-term counseling and other supportive services, counselors can help students make contact with appropriate community resources.

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  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Goal-setting and Decision-making
  • Loss and grief
  • Positive Coping Skills
  • LGBTQIA+ identity (lesbian, gay,
    bisexual, transgender, 
    queer/questioning, intersex, 
    asexual and allies)
  • Title IX Issues
    • Dating and domestic violence
    • Gender equity
    • Sexual harassment and sexual assault
    • Stalking
  • Crisis Assessment and Referrals
  • Self-concept, Self-esteem, and Self-worth
  • Substance Use Issues/Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program
  • Stress Management Strategies
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Mental health information and referrals


Counselors practice under professional ethical standards that prohibit the disclosure of any information that students tell them during a counseling session, except by a written release from the student or under specific circumstances. Exclusions to confidentiality may include a risk of harm to self or others, abuse of a minor, elder or vulnerable adult, health or medical emergency, or other circumstances required by law. Counselors will review confidentiality and exclusions with you. 

Additionally, HCC Counselors encourage students who witness a crime or are a victim of a crime to contact HCC police at 713-718-8888. If students are off-campus and need immediate police assistance, they should dial 911.


Currently enrolled HCC students are eligible to receive services through the Counseling Offices.  However, eligibility for individual counseling services may vary.

Questions may be directed to your counselor or the Director of Counseling and Ability Services at 713-718-7449.

ADA Counseling Services

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Students with a need for reasonable classroom accommodations through our Ability Services office may visit our Ability Services Webpage.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 9881-800-273-8255 or Text “TALK” to 74174.

Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 1-800-799-4889.


Additional Crisis Resources

Successful Learning Intervention Program (SLIP)

  • Identify behaviors that lead to low GPA at HCC
  • Change those behaviors in order to graduate from HCC
  • Connect to counselors at HCC
  • Realize the impact an academic suspension/probation has on student goals/plans
  • Assess learning strategy strengths & weaknesses
  • Assess and change career decision-related problems
  • Connect to the HCC resources & staff available to help
  • Identify, discuss, & change psychological barriers to success


Student Success Workshops

  • Adjusting to an academic culture
  • Anxiety & stress management
  • Balancing school, work, & family
  • Coping with problems in classes
  • Drugs & alcohol abuse prevention
  • Domestic violence prevention
  • Healthy relationships & intimacy
  • Identifying barriers to success
  • Improving concentration, motivation, &information processing
  • Motivation toward academic goals
  • Reducing test anxiety
  • Study Skills
  • Time-management skills
  • Support and advocacy

HCC Counselors encourage students who witness a crime or are a victim of a crime to contact HCC Police at 713-718-8888. If students are off-campus and need immediate police assistance, they should dial 911. Students also have the option to file an anonymous report at the Student Incident Report Form.

Contact Us

Mahnaz Kolaini, PsyD., LPC-S

Director of Counseling and Ability Services

3200 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002