Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert Level: Remote Operations

TCC Tacoma and Gig Harbor campuses are closed. Online instruction for Spring Quarter begins April 6.

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We're here when you need us

We all face challenges and obstacles in college and in life. You may have moments that are not easy to talk about. Perhaps you’re struggling academically, navigating personal relationships, or you may be living with mental health concerns. It can seem like you’re the only one struggling with these issues, but you are not. At Tacoma Community College we have a counseling team that cares deeply about your growth and success, and we are here to support you.

"The counselor was great. I felt very comfortable with her. She encouraged me. I felt that she really could understand my point of view. Overall, I am very happy and glad I was able to meet her." --TCC Student

Free and confidential help

It’s difficult to focus on school when you’re feeling overwhelmed in other areas of your life. All TCC students can access free and confidential counseling services from our trained staff in areas such as:

  • Academic + Career Anxiety
  • Anxiety + Depression
  • Stress + Loneliness + Identity
  • Indecisions + Planning
  • Grief + Loss
  • Relationships
  • Transitional Support
  • Drugs + Alcohol
  • Career Planning
  • Veteran Concerns
  • Suicide + Self-harm
  • Other...

Online Counseling

During this time the Counseling Center is closed, but open remotely to help students.

Online counseling sessions are carried out via an internet platform called The Counseling Center is implementing this change in order to help protect you and the community’s physical health and safety. You can choose to talk to your counselor through either video chat, or by using audio only.


Scheduling an Appointment

 If you are a student continuing sessions: please email your counselor directly using the links below.

Otherwise to create your first new counseling appointment, please contact the Counseling Center Staff Email. Once your information is received, you will be contacted within 1-2 business days* and provided with the counseling session paperwork. At that time, we will also deliver next steps for accessing and your counseling appointment.

You may also schedule a Counseling appointment by connecting to the Advising Center Zoom Lobby during their hours, and requesting to schedule with a counselor.

*Emails recieved on weekends and/or holidays may not be reviewed for up to 72-hours.


Meet our Team

All of our counselors are professionally trained, and college faculty

Mary Pedersen

Department Chair, Counselor


Dave Howard


NOTE: Dave is not providing Counseling during the Spring 2020 Quarter


More Counseling and Crisis Resources


Contact Counseling

Meet Our Counselors

 Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Closed on weekends and holidays



Assistance for staff and faculty

Personal counseling services for staff and faculty is available through TCC’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which can help with personal or work-related problems that may be impacting work performance.

Contact EAP