Counseling services

TCC's counselors are trained to assist students who are experiencing issues that may impact their personal and academic success.

Tidewater Community College offers students free and confidential assistance through our personal counseling department.

Conflicts and problems often arise that may make it difficult for students to reach their full potential. Individual counseling can help you cope with dilemmas in your personal development or with challenging life events so you are better able to respond to problems and concerns.

Our office assists students who are experiencing issues that may impact their personal and academic success.

Services offered include crisis intervention, initial assessments and referrals to other agencies, services or professionals.

Students often seek counseling to:

  • increase self-confidence and self-esteem
  • control test anxiety
  • cope more effectively with life stressors
  • address issues relating to alcohol or drug use
  • develop better communication skills
  • deal with issues of grief, trauma or loss
  • overcome self-defeating habits and behaviors
  • discuss mental health concerns

Please see the Community Resource Guide for more information.

Personal counseling staff

Jessica Smith, Psy.D., LCP
Director of Student Mental Health & Behavior, Staff Psychologist

Student Services Offices

Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Dean James Edwards

Pass Building, Room 146
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 757-822-5115


Dean Emanuel Chestnut

Andrews Building
315 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1585


Dean Dana Singleton

Building A, Room 150B
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2180

Virginia Beach

Dean Marilyn Hodge

Building B (Bayside), Room B112
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 757-822-7244

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