Joel Porter Counseling Center

JP Counseling Center

College life can be at times stressful and the Joel Porter Counseling Center is here to provide support to our students at Louisburg College!

The staff of the Counseling Center offer free and confidential professional mental health support to all students.  Call, stop by, or email to make an appointment.  The Center is located in Davis Hall.

Confidentiality is a priority.  Our goal is to provide a safe environment in which to discuss personal issues.  If you seek counseling, you have a right to privacy.  This means that neither the fact that you have received counseling nor the specific issues discussed will be disclosed to anyone without your written permission.  Rare exceptions may occur in regards to safety issues or court orders.

A counseling record is kept for the Counselor's use only and is filed in a secure location. The records maintained by Counseling Services are kept separately from all other records on campus, including academic records.  Much of what you may wish to share is very personal.  The Joel Porter Counseling center joins with the administration of the college in affirming your right to privacy.

Information will not be disclosed without your written permission except for the following reasons:

  • Imminent Harm to Others:  If the Center has reason to believe that you are seriously threatening physical violence against another person, or if you have a history of physically violent behavior, and if the Center believes that you are an actual threat to the safety of another person, action such as contacting the police, seeking hospitalization, notifying another person, or a combination of these actions, may take place in order to insure that the other person is protected.
  • Imminent Harm to Self:  If the Center has reason to believe you are in danger of harming yourself physically, and if you are unable or unwilling to follow treatment recommendations, s/he may have to arrange for an evaluation off-campus and/or contact a family member or another person who may be able to help protect you.
  • Abuse of Children or Disable Adults:  If the Center has reason to believe that a child under the age of 18 or a disabled adult is being abused or neglected, the center is legally obligated to report this situation to the appropriate state agency.
  • Legal Compliance:  If a court of law or the Department of Homeland Security orders the release of certain information, we are legally required to comply with this order.
Counseling does not tell you what to do, how to feel, or who to be; however, counseling can assist you in clarifying goals and finding solutions to problems through careful listening, guided self-exploration, and new perspectives and information.  Counseling Services provides brief mental health counseling and related services to help Louisburg College students identify barriers, improve coping skills and achieve personal goals.  In order to meet significant student demand and use our resources most effectively, Counseling Services utilizes a short-term individual therapy and group therapy model of six sessions.
Any student currently enrolled at Louisburg College is eligible to see a counselor free of charge.
Any information you share with the Joel Porter Counseling Center staff is confidential and separate from your academic records.  Other legalities on releasing information may be discussed with the Counseling Center.
See Fonda Porter, Director of the Joel Porter Counseling Center - 104 Davis Hall - (919) 497-3205
 We are unable to provide counseling or psychological advice over email.

Those whose needs cannot be accommodated within our treatment model will be referred to an outside community provider (at the expense of the student).  Such referrals might occur immediately following an intake, or they might occur after some treatment and a further assessment of need has taken place.

Some examples of clinical concerns that will likely result in a referral to an outside treatment provider include but are not limited to:

  • Individuals with chronic mental health conditions that require long-term, ongoing care
  • Clinical presentations, such as some personality disorders, that indicate short-term therapy may be ineffective and/or detrimental
  • A need or desire to be seen more frequently than Counseling Services can accommodate
  • Chronic suicidal thoughts and/or recent history or multiple suicide attempts
  • Severe and chronic self-injury
  • A history of multiple psychiatric hospitalizations
  • Court-ordered treatment
  • Psychological testing/assessment
  • Active symptoms of psychosis at risk for progressive deterioration

Concerns that require a more specialized form of care than can be provided at Counseling Services, including:

  • Significant or chronic disordered eating symptoms
  • Significant or chronic substance use which requires long-term therapy or a higher level of care