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Counseling Services

Emily Pettit

Director of Personal & Career Counseling

College can be an exciting time for people being away from home for possibly the first time. Having to make decisions for yourself that could affect the rest of your life is a new experience for some college students. At Piedmont we offer counseling services to anyone who may need some guidance with those difficult decisions.

Personal counseling is not advice giving or having someone make decisions for you. It is someone to talk through concerns or problems with and to help YOU make the best decisions possible. A counselor does not judge you, but helps to guide you through issues concerning depression, anxiety, social adjustment concerns, relationships, stress, nutrition and eating problems, or any other area of concern. When the need for counseling services goes beyond the scope of what can be handled at Piedmont, a referral to a community resource will be offered.

Each counseling session is confidential. That means the counselor will not gossip about you with faculty, staff or your peers. Confidentiality is broken in cases that could result in harm to yourself or someone else. Your safety is the college’s #1 priority.

You are welcome to visit the office in the Admissions Building. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number is (706) 778-8500 ext. 1259. In an emergency situation you can contact the campus police at (706) 778-0105 or ext 1105.

If you are an Athens or off-campus student, my office hours vary each semester, but you can call the main office at 706-548-8505, or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .