Our mission is to provide counseling and support services to NHCC students experiencing life transitions as they progress toward their personal, social and educational goals.  

What's the difference between a counselor and an academic advisor?

  • Counselors are professionally trained to address personal issues, resolve academic anxieties, assist students in choosing career fields, and help problem solve other academic and personal difficulties. Counselors provide personal counseling on a variety of issues that may interfere with being a successful student.
  • Advisors specialize in matters pertaining to educational programming such as degree requirements, placement/assessment test interpretation, transferability, college policies, and course selection.


Individual Counseling - the most common form of counseling is individual, where you meet one-on-one with a counselor for about 50 minutes. During the initial meeting, the counselor will ask questions about your concerns to gain a better understanding of you and your concerns. If you and the counselor agree that additional sessions would be helpful, you will continue to meet to explore concerns, feelings and options in more depth, and develop and improve your coping skills.

Crisis Counseling - Is defined as a situation or event where the students feels overwhelmed or unable to cope. A typical crisis may include a death, loss of job, or a rough ending to a relationship. Crisis counseling is short-term and may only last a few weeks. It is focused on the management of mental health during the time of crisis. Counselors or trained professionals are available during normal office hours to meet with students in urgent need. For after-hours emergencies, visit our counseling resources section.

Career Counseling - consists of personal exploration using a variety of assessment tools to learn more about your skills, interests, and values. Many times career counseling is a component of personal counseling or it may be the primary focus. Career exploration is a process and usually consists of several appointments with a counselor.

Referrals - during the course of counseling, in order to best meet the specific needs of individuals, students may be advised to seek additional or alternative services on campus or in the community.

Group Counseling - in group counseling, students have the opportunity to discuss topics and issues that concern them in a confidential, small group setting with the assistance of a counselor. Groups are initiated at different times throughout the academic year either around general concerns or various themes or issues such at relationship skills, eating concerns, or managing anxiety. Visit our support groups section for more information.  

Emergency Grant Program - Random Acts of Kindness

Through a generous donation, NHCC has an emergency grant program called Random Acts of Kindness (RAK). The grant offers a one time, up to $500, to students who are experiencing financial hardship and who have an unforeseen financial barrier, such as a car repair, medical costs, child care, transportation, food, bills or other needs that they cannot meet. In order to receive this grant a student should schedule an appointment with either the Counseling Office or Access Services to determine eligibility and complete an application. Don't let an unexpected challenge stand in the way of you being in school. Talk with us today!

Counseling Office (ES 118) - 763-493-0554

Access Services (LRC 165) - 763-493-0555