Support Services

Counseling

In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 or Public Safety at (480) 784-0911.

The goal of a counselor is to promote the development of effective and adaptive behavior in people. The counseling process enables personal growth and may be carried over into many aspects of life.

Counseling services are available on campus, providing a unique and confidential relationship between a professional and a person in need of help.

Reasons for Counseling

Students seek counseling for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Adjusting to a college setting
  • Making personal, educational and career choices
  • Taking control of one's life: improving life skills
  • Reducing stress
  • Test anxiety reduction
  • Managing time
  • Setting goals
  • Eliminating self-defeating behavior
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Coping with crisis
  • Dealing with loss

It is the counselor's job to make students aware of possible alternative solutions to various situations, encouraging responsibility in taking actions. Services including individual change through counseling, consultation, coordination and classroom instruction.

Counselors collaborate with other staff to help students reach their potential. Consulting with other professionals brings expertise to help staff, students and faculty find positive solutions.

The counselors at GateWay are professionals who have been trained to provide counseling services to those in need. In order to be a counselor in the Maricopa Colleges, a counselor must have a minimum of a Master's degree or higher, majoring in counseling and other similar criterion.

Career Counseling

This service enables students to understand their values, interests, skills and experiences in choosing a career path. The career planning process involves matching students to the compatibility of lifestyle and work demands, and assessing personality strengths and skills. Some assessments can be found in the Counseling Department while others are accessible in the Career Center. Please check with a counselor to see what your needs are for the best fit.

Career and Personality Assessment

We provide counseling tools that include career inventories and personality assessments to assist students in making career choices that are compatible with their interests, personality traits, work values and abilities. Please check with a counselor to see what your needs are and which assessments are best for you.

Education Planning and Academic Advising

Counselors provide assistance in preparing educational plans, including academic timelines and course selections. They also assist students in making wise decisions when choosing classes. Periodic evaluations with a counselor are encouraged to make sure all requirements are met to complete degrees & certificates, or to help manage the transfer process.

Personal Counseling

Individual counseling is private, confidential and free of charge. Assistance in resolving a crisis or personal issue, which may be interfering with educational success, is offered through counseling. This may include a referral process to a community agency if brief counseling sessions cannot resolve the issues. Counseling is voluntary and students may select the counselor of their choice.

Crisis Counseling

Crisis intervention is available Monday - Friday. Contact the Counseling Department for specific hours. Students may walk in and self refer, or a faculty or staff member may refer a student to counseling during a crisis. All counseling information is private and confidential, and may not be released without a signed release of information form by the student.

The following assessments are available through the Counseling department:

Self-Directed Search

You will be given an easy-to-use, self-administered test to help you find the occupations that best suit your interests and skills. The test asks questions about your aspirations, activities, competencies, occupations and self-estimates for skills and abilities. These scores yield a 3-letter summary code, an occupational code that designates the 3 personality types you most closely resemble. With this code, you will use the occupational finder tool to discover occupations that best match your personality types, interests and skills.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

A widely used instrument based on C.G. Jung's (1921-1971) ideas about perceptions and judgment. The effects of each preference, alone, and in combination, can be put to practical use. The inventory is very useful in making important personal and career decisions. Knowing your preferences and learning about other people's preferences can help you understand where your strengths are, what kind of work you might enjoy, and how people with different preferences can relate to each other and be valuable to society.

The following list of online resources has been compiled in order to assist with various counseling needs:

2-1-1 Arizona
Arizona's Help Center.

Mental Health Net
Online guide to mental health.

Back to College
Adult Re-entry into college resource.

Mind Tools
Goal setting, time & stress management tools.

Valley Metro Public Transportation
Bus planner and public transportation info to get to where you need to go.

Contact the Counseling Department for additional assistance or to schedule an appointment.