Counseling Center

Counseling Center


Mrs. Ragan Summers, M.S. Ed.
Director of the Counseling Center
Phone: (904) 470-8231


Ms. Elvera Carter, M.Ed.
Suicide Prevention Program / Project Facilitator
Phone: (904) 470-8990



EWC Counseling Center Referral Tips


Emergency Dial 9-1-1

Edward Waters College Security


Counseling Center After Hour Number

Schell-Sweet Community Center (On-Campus)

Women’s Center of Jacksonville

Hubbard House (Domestic Violence)

Duval County Health Department
904.253.1250 or  904.253.1620 

Jacksonville/Duval County Suicide Helpline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)


Make the Connection

The Trevor Project

One Love Foundation

Helping Hands Inspire Happy Hearts, LLC

Disability Services

Clothesline Project


Mindfulness Activity


Residence Life Staff Training





Student Union Building

Counseling Center

Welcome to the EWC Counseling Center!

No matter how well-educated we become, we all could use a hand in facing life’s challenges. The Edward Waters College Counseling Center is a welcoming and confidential place, and we are here to help! We are enthusiastic about assisting our students with all kinds of questions and concerns. Our professionally-trained staff offer counseling to EWC students in a variety of ways: through one-on-one sessions, group sessions and walk-in services for urgent situations.

To assist Edward Waters College’s students in achieving their personal, educational and career goals, the Counseling Center is an integral part of the College’s total learning environment. The Counseling Center provides students with safe environment where personal concerns can be openly explored and discussed with professional counselors.


The Edward Waters College’s Counseling Center is located in the George N. Collins Student Union Building (S.U.B.), 1st floor. We have full-time counselors who are available Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Services are available by appointments and walk-ins to all members of the campus community; however, when possible, please schedule an appointment.  There are no fees or charges for use of services.


What Is Counseling?

Everyone needs someone to talk with at times. Counseling is a growth process through which students are helped to do the following:

  • Define goals
  • Make decisions
  • Solve problems related to personal, social, academic and career concerns. Counselors help students to resolve personal and educational concerns.

All counseling is personal counseling, but with different focused concerns. Each individual case is handled with understanding, objective and non-judgmental care.

Counseling Services

Sexual Violence and Consent Workshop

Edward Waters Counseling Department provides the following services:

  • Individual Counseling and Consultation
  • Group Counseling
  • Awareness Workshops on various topics
  • Crisis Intervention and Emergency Services
  • Outreach
  • Disability Services
  • Referrals


The Referral System is to notify the Counseling Center of student concerns.  You will find attached useful referral tips and a referral form to provide our office with information to reach out to the student.  If it is disability related, we encourage you to connect the student with the Counseling Center immediately.

The Relaxation Room

The EWC Counseling Center invites you to use our newly opened Relaxation Room, located in the George N. Collins Student Union Building (S.U.B.). In our efforts to enhance the holistic approach to student development, the Relaxation Room is designed for students to develop and practice the relaxation skills that will enhance their academic productivity and their sense of well-being. Educational materials are available on physical and emotional topics. Brochures are free and online audio/visual materials are accessible for listening and viewing.

Guidelines to Using the Relaxation Room:

  • You must have a valid EWC ID in order to reserve time and use of the Relaxation Room.
  • You will need to complete a brief stress factor inventory prior to using the room.
  • Sessions in the Relaxation Room are limited to 30 minutes including 15 minutes in our large recliner message chair with soft lighting and soothing music.
  • You are expected to leave the Relaxation Room in the same condition you found it.
  • Only one person at a time may use the room.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to use the room, please call 904-470-8990 or email You may also drop by and sign-up at the desk in the Counseling Center. Click here for more information about the Relaxation Room.

HIV/AIDS Testing

Edward Waters College by way of the Project Collegiate HIV/AIDS Minority Prevention Services (CHAMPS) provides integrated substance abuse, HIV, and HCV Prevention services to a population of focus of minority young adults (ages 18-24) on campus and surrounding Duval County community.  This is collaboration with Community Rehabilitation Center a community based organization in response to the great health disparities faced by minority populations in the community.  EWC anticipates reducing health disparities and improving the quality of life of its students and surrounding community participates.


Privacy and Confidentiality

Counselors are required and must keep all information and records maintained by the College that is related to counseling services confidential. Only with your written permission will information be released to anyone outside of the EWC except as required by law.  Legal exceptions include the following, if:

  • clear and imminent danger to you or someone else
  • if there is a reasonable expectation that you will engage in dangerous conduct as defined by Illinois state statute
  • reasonable suspicion that a child or elder is currently being abused
  • a court order

Your records do not become part of student educational or medical records. If there are any questions regarding confidentiality, please feel free to discuss this with your Counselor.



The material in this site is provided for personal use only and does not substitute for counseling or help from a trained professional. Site users are urged to contact the Counseling Center at (904) 470-8231/8990 if they wish to speak with someone about these or other issues distressing them.

If you are attending another college or university, we encourage you to contact your campus Counseling Center for help.