GCA cares about the success of its students beyond the classroom, which is why the school takes an interest in the whole person—mental, physical, spiritual, and academic. The school offers a variety of services in an effort to address all aspects of student success. GCA employs a full-time licensed professional counselor and a board-certified nurse practitioner to address the health needs of students on campus. Along with the chaplains, deans, and faculty, these two staff members are dedicated to the well-being of the student body.

The school also works with area counselors and telehealth professionals to connect students to the mental health services they need to navigate the teen years and prepare for adulthood. In addition, thanks to the generosity of donors, the school owns two therapy dogs—Georgia and Koda. The therapy dogs offer a unique form of support, providing comfort and a calming presence that can improve students' mental health and overall well-being. We are excited to add these two puppies to our GCA family.

Meet Koda
Meet Georgia

Students can seek support from the school counselor for mental health concerns, such as stress, anxiety, or depression, alongside academic and career guidance. The counselor not only provides a confidential and empathetic listening ear but also plays a crucial role in identifying more serious issues and making appropriate referrals to mental health professionals for specialized care.

If students are feeling ill or experienced an injury while at school, our school's nurse practitioner is available for evaluations, treatments, and care management. In addition, the school has a relationship with local medical facilities in the case a referral is needed.

Student Services Staff

Chris Harris
Chris Harris, PHD, LPC, MHSP
Counselor, Guidance and Testing

Dorothy Self, WHNP-BC, MSN