The U.S. Coast Guard Academy provides counseling services to Coast Guard personnel at the Academy. The counselor’s role is to assist personnel in understanding personal, vocational, and/or educational concerns. Counselors provide a supportive and confidential atmosphere where any issue can be discussed. Common cadet issues include peer pressure, sexuality, concerns with parents, girlfriend/boyfriend, roommates, study skills, time management, homesickness, stress, depression, eating concerns, etc. The counselors are here to help cadets with their growth and development, not merely as a cadet, but most importantly as a person. Counseling services are also offered to staff, faculty, and dependents on a time available basis.
The Center for Counseling and Development is located in the lower deck of Michel Hall (clinic). Regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (exceptions may occur). To contact the Center for Counseling and Development for information or to set up an appointment, call (860) 444-8520. If on campus, dial extension 8520.
The Center for Counseling and Development offers a variety of services to assist personnel. These services include:
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Educational workshops (a variety of topics available by request)
- Psychological/vocational evaluations (by request)
- On-campus intranet website available 24 hours a day
- Self help brochures and links
- Additional information on services
If parents, faculty, staff members, or fellow cadets have concerns about a cadet, they should call the Center for Counseling and Development at the number listed above. Our counselors will help assess the situation and schedule a convenient appointment. In the event that a counselor is not available a message can be left and the counselor will return the call. For emergency situations please see below.
The Center for Counseling and Development provides professional counselors dedicated to helping Coast Guard personnel in need of their services.
Dr. Robert Murray
Director of Counseling and Development
M.Ed. Counseling Psychology, Boston College
Ed.D. Counseling Psychology, Boston University
The Center for Counseling and Development ensures full, professional confidentiality for all of its services. Counseling records will not become part of an individual’s medical, academic, military, or personnel file. Cadets and other individuals seeking a counselor’s services will be asked to read and sign a confidentiality statement co-signed by a counselor.
In the event of an emergency situation when a counselor is unavailable please call one of these departments immediately:
- Health Clinic (860) 444-8402
- Academy Police (860) 444-8597
- Emergency Help Line (860) 444-8555
For more information on our new tobacco cessation program visit www.uscga.edu/QuitTobacco.
Tobacco cessation services, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) are offered by the CG Academy Regional Clinic for active duty members and cadets. There are several ways to access the services. Call the clinic’s front desk at (860) 444-8402 to make an appointment.