Counseling Services

Southwest is committed to the development of the whole person, with specific focus on the intellectual, social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. Southwest endeavors to provide an intentional atmosphere of caring while offering a myriad of opportunities and resources for students to experience wholeness within the context of a community of learners.

Southwest Counseling Services is currently staffed by a full-time, on-campus Mental Health Counselor with access to contract counseling services provided by a licensed clinical social worker and a fully-staffed higher education Psychological Services Center. Additional staffing will include practicum students (psychology, counseling, and/or social work) supervised by our full-time Mental Health Counselor to assist students with their counseling needs.

In addition to on-campus services, limited off-campus counseling services are available through community service providers by referral of: the mental health counselor, director of Student Development, the executive director of Retention & Student Success, and the vice president for Student Affairs. For more information contact Julia Rhea, Mental Health Counselor at 901-333-5121 or by email at jrhea@southwest.tn.edu. You may also contact the Director of Student Development, Phoenix Worthy at 901-333-4179 and pworthy@southwest.tn.edu or the Executive Director of Retention and Student Success, Dr. Jacqueline S. Taylor at jstaylor@southwest.tn.edu.