The mission of the HCC Counseling Department is to provide holistic support for students pursuing their educational goals. In order to accomplish this mission, we will provide a full range of professional services including ADA accommodations, personal and mental health counseling, career counseling, academic skills enhancement, outreach programming, consultation, and crisis intervention.

Who we are


Who we are

"HCC Counselors are licensed-professionals with masters or doctoral degrees who offer free, time-limited, short-term counseling to currently enrolled students.


What we do


What we do

"We offer Personal Counseling, Career Counseling, Crisis Counseling, Student Success Retention and ADA Counseling Services.

Counseling Services


Self-Harm Awareness Month recognizes that self-harm happens across all genders, races, beliefs, and ages. According to the organization Healthy Place, one in five women and one in five men engages in self-injury. Some 90 percent of self-harm starts in adolescence, usually around age 14, and continues into the 20s.

Crisis Hotline832.416.1177

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 9881-800-273-8255 or Text “TALK” to 741741.

Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 1-800-799-4889.

Texas Suicide Prevention-Know the Signs/Save a Life

Mental Health Support Resources

Healthy Relationships $500 Scholarship

A Collaborative Project by Counseling, Faculty, and OIE: Healthy Relationships Scholarship “INTIMACY & LOVE IN HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS”

All HCC Students enrolled in Spring 2023 SCH or CEU classes in good academic standing (cumulative and term GPA of 2.00) are eligible to apply.

Essay Criteria: 500 words, Artwork: Any original artwork. THEME: Express your idea of a healthy romantic relationship.

Share your love for art and prose and apply for a $500 Scholarship. Two students will be selected.

  • The selected essay/poem and artwork will be displayed at a designated HCC location
  • Two scholarships will be awarded

The deadline is Sunday, April 9, 2023. For more information about the scholarship and to apply email: 


Upcoming Workshops & Events

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Register for a SLIP Session

If you are on Probation or Suspension and need to register for a SLIP (Successful Learning Intervention Program) Orientation Session, please visit

Check out Counselor's Corner

Get the tools you need to maximize your mental and emotional well-being and nurture your relationships with Counselor's Corner!

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We offer the following Counseling Services 

Personal Counseling Services

Houston Community College Counseling Services provides time-limited, short-term counseling (approximately 3 to 5 sessions per semester) to currently enrolled students. The purpose of short-term counseling is to focus on personal issues that may prevent a student from achieving academic success. For longer-term counseling and other supportive services, counselors can help students make contact with appropriate community resources.

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  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Goal-setting and Decision-making
  • Loss and grief
  • Positive Coping Skills
  • LGBTQIA+ identity (lesbian, gay,
    bisexual, transgender, 
    queer/questioning, intersex, 
    asexual and allies)
  • Title IX Issues
    • Dating and domestic violence
    • Gender equity
    • Sexual harassment and sexual assault
    • Stalking
  • Crisis Assessment and Referrals
  • Self-concept, Self-esteem, and Self-worth
  • Substance Use Issues/Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program
  • Stress Management Strategies
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Mental health information and referrals


Counselors practice under professional ethical standards that prohibit the disclosure of any information that students tell them during a counseling session, except by a written release from the student or under specific circumstances. Exclusions to confidentiality may include a risk of harm to self or others, abuse of a minor, elder or vulnerable adult, health or medical emergency, or other circumstances required by law. Counselors will review confidentiality and exclusions with you. 

Additionally, HCC Counselors encourage students who witness a crime or are a victim of a crime to contact HCC police at 713-718-8888. If students are off-campus and need immediate police assistance, they should dial 911.


Currently enrolled HCC students are eligible to receive services through the Counseling Offices.  However, eligibility for individual counseling services may vary.

Questions may be directed to your counselor or the Director of Counseling and Ability Services at 713-718-7449.

ADA Counseling Services

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Students with a need for reasonable classroom accommodations through our Ability Services office may visit our Ability Services webpage.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 9881-800-273-8255 or Text “TALK” to 74174.

Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 1-800-799-4889.


Additional Crisis Resources

Successful Learning Intervention Program (SLIP)

  • Identify behaviors that lead to low GPA at HCC
  • Change those behaviors in order to graduate from HCC
  • Connect to counselors at HCC
  • Realize the impact an academic suspension/probation has on student goals/plans
  • Assess learning strategy strengths & weaknesses
  • Assess and change career decision-related problems
  • Connect to the HCC resources & staff available to help
  • Identify, discuss, & change psychological barriers to success


Student Success Workshops

  • Adjusting to an academic culture
  • Anxiety & stress management
  • Balancing school, work, & family
  • Coping with problems in classes
  • Drugs & alcohol abuse prevention
  • Domestic violence prevention
  • Healthy relationships & intimacy
  • Identifying barriers to success
  • Improving concentration, motivation, &information processing
  • Motivation toward academic goals
  • Reducing test anxiety
  • Study Skills
  • Time-management skills
  • Support and advocacy

Contact Us

Mahnaz Kolaini, PsyD., LPC-S

Director of Counseling and Ability Services

3200 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002