Why Counseling?

The primary goal of Columbia College’s Counseling Services is to help students develop the personal awareness and skills necessary to handle difficulties and to more fully benefit from their college experience. Services are available to all students currently enrolled in either the Women’s College or evening program.

 We help students:

  • Develop competence and confidence
  • Understand and manage emotions
  • Develop identity and autonomy
  • Improve relationships
  • Identify obstacles and options

Issues may include:

  • Anxiety, stress
  • Depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Domestic/Dating violence
  • Trauma and abuse - sexual, verbal, physical
  • Family problems
  • Substance use
  • Grief, loss, death
  • How to help a friend & other personal concerns
  • Personal concerns that are affecting success in the classroom

General Mental Health Resources

Anxiety Disorders

 - College Stress (

 - Generalized Anxiety Disorder 

 - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

 - Panic Disorder

 - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

 - Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Autism-Spectrum Disorders

Bipolar Disorder -

-National Institute of Mental Health


Borderline Personality Disorder


 - Depression and Women's Health

Eating Disorders


Suicide Prevention USA - Mental Health Information Site for Teens/Young Adults


Schedule a counseling appointment with Mimi Meriwether at or email or call 803-786-3603


Schedule a counseling appointment with Ashley Waddington at or email or call 803-786-3727


On-Line Resources for Mental Health

The Jed Foundation’s Mental Health Resource Center provides essential information about common emotional health issues and students how they can support one another, overcome challenges and make a successful transition to college.

Young adulthood can be a time of significant change and intense challenges. We see the effects every day: a death from binge drinking, an overdose, a suicide. These tragedies are complex and their warning signs often subtle. With the right support and safety nets, the college years can be safer and more manageable.

Resources to navigate life’s challenges found at


Student Accessibility Services

Appropriate and reasonable accommodations are available to assist any student who has a documented disability while attending Columbia College. Students must self-identify to the Office of Counseling and Accessibility Services and provide appropriate documentation of their disability.

Available Services
Services may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Medical single accommodations
  • Accessible housing
  • Interpreter services
  • Reader services
  • Emotional support animal
  • Specialized testing arrangements
  • Faculty consultation
  • Orientation to campus
  • Note taker services
  • Use of assistive devices

For further information contact Mimi Meriwether, Director of Counseling and Accessibility Services 803-786-3603 or email