Welcome to the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic's blog!

We provide affordable, quality counseling and psychological services to the University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg community. For more information, call (601) 266-4601 or visit our webpage.

Here are some of the things you can expect to find on our blog:

  • Information about our services and upcoming events
  • The latest mental health news
  • Tips for promoting health and wellness

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Summer 2015 Hours

The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic reopened for services on May 26 with the following hours for the Summer 2015 term:
  • Tuesdays 1pm-5pm
  • Wednesdays 3pm-7pm
  • Thursdays 8am-Noon
All services are provided by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 601.266.4601. Additional information about our services can be found on our website.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

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Clinic Closed Between April 29 and May 26

Abstract Art of Bernd Luz in Acryl-Technology on canvas
By Bernd Luz, via Wikimedia Commons
In accordance with the university schedule, the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will close at 5:00 pm on April 29 and reopen on May 26. We are unable to provide services during this time.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Myths About Therapy

Based on interviews she has conducted with mental health providers around the U.S., Margarita Tartakovsky (World of Psychology) recently shared some of the responses she received to her question about the biggest myths about therapy. She reminds us that these misconceptions are fairly common and serve to discourage people from seeking professional help.

The myths on her list are ones we hear regularly at the Clinic from individuals seeking counseling for the first time. Examples include:
  • Therapy is only for people who are in crisis.
  • Going to therapy means there's something wrong with you.
  • The therapist is going to fix you.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

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Maintaining Mental Health Awareness

mental health
When was the last time you took a mental health day off from work? While this might not be necessary or practical for many of us, it does highlight how we tend to pay more attention to our physical health than our mental health. And yet, it is important that we do not neglect our mental and emotional health.

Mental health awareness involves making an effort to be conscious of our needs and our feelings. This is an important part of how we prevent our stress level from building up to the point where we begin to feel overwhelmed.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Online Screening for Depression

Depressed man
We all experience feelings of sadness at times. When faced with a significant stressor (e.g., ending a relationship, losing a job), such feelings often represent a normal reaction to loss or other stressful circumstances. These reactions tend to be brief and do not detract from one's ability to fulfill one's social, academic, or occupational responsibilities. On the other hand, some people experience a more intense and pervasive sadness, a loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy, or other symptoms of depression that seem to appear without reason and interfere with their daily life. These individuals may be suffering from depression, a common but serious illness.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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Counseling Clinic Offers Academic Success Services

The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic has always provided students at the University of Southern Mississippi with assistance in achieving their personal, academic, and career goals. With recent efforts on campus to help students, parents, staff, and faculty find resources for promoting student success, we are working to inform the Southern Miss community about the services we provide in addition to personal counseling.

As a first step, we have added a page to our website describing many of our academic success services. Our academic success services include but are not limited to the following:
These services are available not only to Southern Miss students but to students at local community colleges and high schools who are at least 16 years of age. Persons under 18 must have parental consent in order to receive services through the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic.

For more information about our academic success services, visit our website or call 601.266.4601.
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