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Counseling Services


Motlow State Counseling Services is here to help. You are not alone. College can be challenging, but it does not have to be overwhelming. Motlow provides a safe and supportive space to address your concerns and the causes of your emotional and mental struggle. Motlow Counseling Services is here to help you successfully live, grow, and learn. 

Confidential counseling services are available to currently enrolled students through in-person or telehealth appointments.


To schedule an appointment email or call: [email protected] and (931)393-1960.

If you are experiencing a crisis contact Crisis line 24/7 at 1-855-274-7471.

Individual Counseling


Let's Tele Talk


Support Groups

Crisis Resources

Suicide Prevention

Individual Counseling

What happens in counseling?

We may examine one or more of the following: 

  • Identify self-doubts and factors that sabotage your motivation 
  • Resolve personal or relationship conflicts 
  • Address stress or anxiety 
  • Discuss the causes creating depression, grief, or trauma 
  • Assess alcohol or drug abuse 
  • Explore issues surrounding sexual orientation or gender identity 
  • Increase mindful self-awareness and self-acceptance 
  • Learn skills for handling anger, mood swings, and exaggerated reactivity 
  • Deal with emotional issues caused by domestic violence or sexual assault 
  • Discern how to make effective and satisfying life choices 
  • Other



These confidential counseling sessions are available with a licensed mental health professional. Conversations and counseling records are not a part of your education record and cannot be disclosed to anyone without your written consent, with the following exceptions:

  • Suspected abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults
  • Situations involving potential suicide or homicide
  • Mental health provider records/reports subpoenaed by a court for legal proceedings


All counseling services are free to Motlow students. The length of treatment consists of short-term assistance. If it is determined that long-term mental health counseling services are more appropriate to address your clinical need(s), the therapist will work with you to provide a referral to a qualified mental health professional in the community.

Let's Tele Talk

Let's Tele Talk is a drop-in consultation service offered by Motlow counseling Services Tuesdays at 2:00. Until further notice, these drop-in opportunities will be virtual. It provides you with an opportunity to have an informal, confidential, anonymous conversation with a Motlow Therapist. You can share your mental health concerns, work on problem-solving together, learn about helpful campus and community resources, or ask questions about counseling.

Join Zoom Link Tuesdays @ 2:00 PM.

Let's Tele Talk consultations are:

  • Open to all students
  • Discuss any concern
  • First come, first served—no appointments needed
  • Brief—up to 15 minutes
  • Anonymous—no paperwork to complete
  • This is not counseling or a crisis service


Motlow Counseling Services strives to offer outreach programs to address student stress and depression. We focus on suicide prevention, sexual violence prevention, addressing mental health stigma, and drug and alcohol prevention efforts. Counseling reaches out to faculty and staff who work closely with students to offer "gatekeepers" training opportunities.

Click on the following links to learn more about: 

Suicide Prevention

Sexual Violence Prevention 

Mental Health Stigma

Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Consultation Is Available To You

If you are a parent, faculty/staff member, friend, partner, or loved one of a Motlow student and have concerns about the student’s mental health, you are encouraged to call the Motlow Counseling Services office. We would discuss your concerns about a student’s mental health and strategize about how to help guide the student toward getting assistance and support.

If you have concerns and questions about a student, Motlow Counseling Services are available to help you:

  1. Assess the situation, its seriousness, and potential referral
  2. Learn about resources, both on- and off-campus, so that you can suggest the most appropriate help when talking with the student
  3. Learn the best way to make a referral if appropriate
  4. Clarify your feelings about the student and consider the ways you can be most effective

Support Groups

Support groups are a safe space for students to find solidarity and encouragement with other students. This is not counseling or group therapy. Potential topics include living with racism and discrimination, social distancing and loneliness, navigating college, and other adjustment difficulties. Support groups are a space to talk about concerns, share experiences and stay connected with other students.

If you are interested in starting/participating in a support group, please call or email Motlow Counseling Services.

Crisis Resources

If You Need Help Right Now - call 911 and Motlow Public Safety

Fayetteville Campus 931-433-9364

McMinnville Campus 931-393-1586

Moore County Campus 931-393-1737

Smyrna Campus 615-220-7968

If you or someone you know at Motlow has a mental health crisis during hours that we are open for business (8 AM to 4:30 PM., Monday through Friday), please call Motlow Counseling Services to ask for a same-day appointment. If you are considering ending your life, contact 911 immediately or go to the nearest ER.

Other urgent or crisis services resources:

TN Crisis Line: 855-CRISIS-1 or 855-274-7471

RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)

SAMHSA Substance Abuse National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Suicide Prevention

Nation Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

College students are in a state of life transition and can be overwhelmed with new opportunities and new responsibilities. Lifestyle changes, such as sleep deprivation and substance abuse, can contribute to suicidal behavior.

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students
  • Approximately 1,100 college students die by suicide every year
  • 6% of college students report they have seriously considered suicide over the past year; 90%of those students created a suicide plan, 14% actually attempted suicide, and 60% continued to have thoughts of suicide


There are some behaviors that signal possible suicidal thoughts and attempts. Knowing these signals and taking action may help you save someone’s life. A person might be suicidal if they:

  • Have sadness or depression that will not go away
  • Become withdrawn or isolate themselves from friends, family, and society
  • Have difficulty going to classes
  • Become highly anxious or agitated
  • Display rage or uncontrolled anger
  • Give away prized possessions
  • Increase their use of alcohol and drugs
  • Acquire a firearm
  • Lose weight or have a decrease in appetite
  • Change their sleeping patterns, cannot sleep, or sleep all the time
  • Engage in reckless and risk-taking behavior
  • State they have no reason to live
  • Talk about or threaten suicide. (If this happens, TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION)

Remember: Any one of these signals alone doesn’t necessarily indicate a person is suicidal. However, several signals may be cause for concern. Signals are especially important if the person has attempted suicide in the past. Listen. Be a friend. Get professional help. Your actions may save a life!

Risk Factors

A variety of factors contribute to suicidal thoughts and behaviors in college students.

Depression contributes to suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. Over a third of college students reported being so depressed they found it difficult to function. **

Hopelessness 45% of college students had felt their situation was hopeless**

Loneliness 55% of college students had felt very lonely. **

Academic Stressors can be a contributing factor to suicide. College students who have attempted suicide cite academic stress as one of the reasons for their suicide attempts. Almost half who consider suicide cite academic problems as a contributing factor.*

Financial Concerns are cited as a contributing factor by 78% of students who attempt suicide and in 31% of students who seriously consider suicide. *

Other factors such as relationship problems and issues with parents can contribute to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Certain populations of college students such as LGBTQI students, veterans, minority students, students who do not live on campus, and students who have known someone who died by suicide are at a higher risk for suicide and suicide attempts.

What to Do

  • ASK the question, “Do you feel like going to sleep and never waking up?”, or find someone who can. Take the risk factors and signals seriously.
  • Listen to them without judgment. Show interest in the person and be supportive of him or
  • Offer hope that there are alternatives to
  • Take Remove methods the person might use to kill him or herself. Do not leave the person alone.
  • Get Help from his or her family, friend, physician, clergy,
  • Immediately contact a person or organization that specializes in crisis intervention or suicide prevention for help.

Suicide Prevention Plan

Crisis Hotline: 1-855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471)

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