DMC Counseling Center offers safe space for students

Located on the second floor of the Harwin Center on the Heritage Campus, tucked back at the end of the hallway is the Del Mar College Counseling Center.

In these offices, a team of six certified counselors offer several counseling services to Del Mar students and are ready to provide support tailored to your individual needs.

According to the Director of Counseling, Jessica Edwards, a licensed professional counselor (LPC), the center offers support to any Del Mar student who may need it.

“There is everything from individual, group, and couple counseling services available for students,” Edwards said.  “We focus on short term, solution-focused counseling where counselors work with students to establish and meet their short-term goals.”

Edwards highlighted skill-building, processing experiences, and creating a safe space for clients to navigate discomfort. “Counseling is a safe space, not always a comfortable space,” Edwards said.

According to Edwards, the session duration at the counseling center is 45 minutes long, and students can prepare for their first session. “Explore goals, do some self-help activities, and be open to the process,” Edwards said. “It is important to note the service is free for students, providing accessibility to those in need.”

According to Edwards the effectiveness of any counseling varies depending on the subject. “Sometimes, it’s immediate; other times it takes longer. Everyone’s journey is different,” Edwards said.

According to Edwards, there are virtual options for students as well. “Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is an option for students and faculty,” Edwards said. “TAO offers flexibility and accessibility to individuals at their own time and at their own pace.”

To schedule an appointment with the counseling center or access TAO, visit the Del Mar website at

For more information about the Counseling Center, contact or call at 361-698-1586.

To keep up with all the events the staff have planned, follow the Counseling center on Facebook and Instagram, @dmccounseling.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and/or contemplating suicide, call or text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

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