“I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.”  —Jack Kerouac

Counseling for College Students in Alabama

You are tired of…

  • Being overwhelmed
  • Questioning who you are or who you want to be
  • Not knowing what you want to study in school
  • Feeling unsure of what you want to do after college
  • Being disorganized
  • Not managing your time well
  • Knowing you can do better in school but not knowing exactly how
  • Not setting and reaching goals
  • Lacking healthy habits

And especially…

  • Not feeling good about yourself
A female college student is walking outside looking overwhelmed. She is hoping to soon begin counseling for college students in Birmingham, AL with Empower Counseling soon.

We get it. We know how difficult this can be to navigate, especially right now. Whether you are at the University of Alabama, Auburn University, or in college somewhere else in Alabama, we can help you thrive. In fact, Kathryn Ely, founder of Empower Counseling, has an article just for you with 21 Tips for College Students in Alabama to Help Build Resilience.

Counseling for College Students


Everything is changing so fast … your views about others, the world, and yourself. You don’t know who you are anymore or what you believe. You don’t know what you want your future to look like. The highs are higher and the lows are lower. It is hard to know where to turn for help, especially when it looks like everyone else has it together.

Counseling for College Students

We understand what a difficult transition going to college can be. Previously, decisions were made for you and your path has been determined by others, until now. Now, all of a sudden, it is your turn to choose your path. Now you need to make important decisions at every turn. That can be scary. Everyone feels lost at times during college. But if you are struggling to find your way, counseling for college students can help you.

counseling for college students can help

We have helped many college students go from…

  • Being overwhelmed to being calm, deliberate, and organized.
  • Feeling unclear about the future to having a plan for college and your future after college.
  • Experiencing confusion about who you are to knowing exactly who you are and what is important to you.
  • Poor time to learning how to prioritize and manage all responsibilities.
  • Feeling lost to having a strong sense of purpose and direction.
  • Wasting time to being intentional, setting, and reaching goals.
  • Lacking confidence and self-worth to being confident in who you are.
A female college student is sitting on the ground smiling. She is feeling much happier after beginning counseling for college students in Birmingham, AL with Empower Counseling.

As counselors and former college students, we get it.

We understand how difficult it is to be on your own, trying to find your way. We will help you become clear about who you are, who you want to be, and what you want your life to look like. Then we will help you with an action plan to get there!

Kathryn Ely, Counselor at Empower Counseling and Coaching

Our Approach to Counseling for College Students

As counselors, we use Acceptance Commitment Therapy. ACT can help you become clear about what is important to you. Additionally, you’ll see what has been standing in your way. Furthermore, it will highlight the actions it will take for you to be the person you want to be. Imagine having the kind of life you want to have.

As your counselor, we begin with really listening to what you are going through. and how this is affecting you. Then we help you uncover what is important to you – what you want your life to look like. This might take a little digging, but we will get there. So, this helps us see what is most important to you. Then, we will examine your strengths, aptitudes, interests, likes, and desires. We will also look at the areas of your life you want to strengthen. As we go through this process, you will notice your self-confidence rising. This happens because you are becoming clear about who you are. Now, you can focus on all that you have to offer and all you can achieve, once you have a plan.

Kathryn Ely, Couselor at Empower Counseling and Coachin

Once we are clear about what is important to you, what you like and want, and what you don’t, we will create an action plan. An action plan for you to be your best self in college and in life after college. Additionally, we can help with time management, productivity, goal setting, healthy habits. If time management is something you struggle with, explore this article for some helpful tips to increase your productivity. Altogether, whatever is not working for you the way you want it to.


You’re thinking, “I should be able to do this on my own.”

There are two options. One, you can continue to struggle to find your way all by yourself. Or two, you can turn to someone for help who understands how difficult it can be and has found a better way. We use our years of experience in school (college, graduate school, and law school), life. Additionally, we use our work with other college students. Together, this helps us to develop a plan to get you where you want to go.

After Looking at your class schedule, you think, “I don’t have time for counseling.”

What you will learn in your 50 minutes a week in session – in office or by video – will save you so much time in the long run. How much time are you wasting being overwhelmed and without direction? Counseling for college students can help you find your path. It can guide you to the actions necessary to be organized, to prioritize, to set, and reach goals.

A male college student sits in a library looking overwhelmed. He is considering beginning counseling for college students in Alabama with Empower Counseling.


Starting college can be a scary transition. There is a level of responsibility that previously wasn’t there. Fortunately, counseling for college students can help. We can help you find your way, either in my Birmingham area counseling clinic or online. As caring counselors, we help college students discover who they are and what they want. To start your counseling for college students, follow these steps:

  1. Contact Empower Counseling to set up an appointment.
  2. Get to know your new counselor.
  3. Start your journey toward a more self-confident, clear future

Other mental health services in birmingham, alabama

We get it, life can be overwhelming and things don’t always go how we want them to. While this can be difficult, we are here to help in our Birmingham counseling clinic or online. We provide and depression counseling using the ACT approach. We offer eating disorder therapy for those struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, and avoiding/restricting food intake. To help navigate new challenges, we provide resources for difficult life transitions. For the people who are never “off the clock,” we offer counseling for professionals. In addition, we offer teen therapy and counseling for young adults.

We are here to help you with whatever you are going through.

Contact Empower