Counselors see Harvey victims

Jonathan Garcia

The Del Mar College Counseling Center has come up with several ways to make things easier for students wanting to talk about their experience with Hurricane Harvey.

Students usually have to make an appointment for one-on-one counseling but because of Harvey, the center is letting students come in on a walk-in basis.

“We’ve set some time aside so students can come in on a walk-in basis so they will not need an appointment,” said Lead Counselor Rita Hernandez.

Students can discuss how the storm affected them and even get help locating housing or with other support resources.

“We’ve had about 50 appointments and of those 50 appointments I’d say about 10 students have specifically come in to talk a little bit about their experience with Harvey,” Hernandez said of the center this semester.

Because of the high numbers of students coming in to talk about Harvey, the center is setting up a special session specifically to discuss their experiences with the storm.

“This semester, we are offering an open group counseling session on both East and West Campuses,” Hernandez said. “It’s a way for folks to connect with others who are dealing with very similar situations.”

In addition to the group counseling, every Wednesday till the end of the semester will be “Kickback” guided relaxation session on both East and West Campus.

“It’s just 30 minutes. We do some relaxation, deep breathing and recharge for the next thing that students have on their plate,” Hernandez said.

The center also will host a Pet Therapy session to help students de-stress on Oct. 16-17.

The group counseling session will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Regents Dining Room on East Campus and Room 261 in Health Science Building No. 1 on West Campus. For walk-in basis or to make an appointment, visit the Counseling Centers in Room 233A in the Harvin Center on East Campus or Room 262 in Health Science Building No. 1 on West Campus.


East Campus — Harvin Center Room 233A

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday

7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

West Campus — Health Science Building No. 1 Room 262

Hours vary Tuesday-Thursday


4 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Regents Dining Room (East) and HS1 Room 262 (West)

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