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Counseling Services

The Southern Adventist University Counseling Services designed to assist with concerns that might interfere with the college experience. Individual and group counseling services offer opportunities to increase knowledge and develop greater self-awareness, understanding, and independence. Topics that might be discussed include:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Career interests and abilities
  • Stress and time management
  • Test anxiety
  • Learning differences
  • Personal crises
  • Depression
  • Selecting a major
  • Value exploration
  • Substance abuse
  • Self-esteem
  • Loss and grief
  • Family issues
  • Social concerns
  • Adjustment to college
  • Referrals for additional services.

The staff of professionally trained counselors is available to provide students with short-term counseling in a supportive, caring, and confidential environment. 

Appointments are free to all currently enrolled students and can be made by calling 423.236.2782.

Brandon Grentz - Counselor

Brandon Grentz completed his education from Southern Adventist University completing a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling preceded by degrees of B.S. Business Administration and B.S. Religion from Union College. He enjoys hearing students unique stories and experiences and utilizing their individual talents, skills, and abilities to meet their potential.

He also uses the powerful message of Christ’s death and resurrection to work in and through each person. His interests include: aviation, acro, sports, drawing, and playing guitar or piano.

Lauree Fogg - Office Manager

Lauree is the office manager for Student Support Services and the first person you meet when you come to Counseling Services. Lauree will help you set an appointment for counseling and always has a cheerful smile to welcome you to the office (make sure to check out her candy bowl too!). In her free time, Lauree enjoys spending time with her family, especially her adorable granddaughter.

Loni Romero - Counselor

Loni Romero, Southern Adventist University alumnus, earned a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is excited to be part of Southern as your counselor.

Apart from her professional career, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and volleyball. Loni also loves exploring new cuisine when she gets the chance.

Loni currently lives in Chattanooga with her husband, daughters (twins & toddler), and a Lionhead rabbit who loves to chew on homework assignments.

Hadassah Jackson

Intake Specialist/Counseling Intern

Beatrice Ngugi

Intake Specialist/Counseling Intern

Frequently Asked Questions

Counseling is a psychotherapeutic services whereby “normal” everyday people receive help with challenges they may be facing. The basic premise of counseling is that the person seeking help possesses within themselves the resources needed to solve the problems of life. By utilizing their skills and creating a nonjudgmental atmosphere, the counselor is able to facilitate this process of self-discovery, healing and growth. The counseling process involves learning about self, origins of maladaptive behavior, options for changing behavior, and interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies.

The content of counseling sessions as well as the information about clients who seek counseling are kept strictly confidential. The only limits to confidentiality are an immediate and severe threat to the life of oneself or others.

Counseling services are included in your tuition and there is no out of pocket expense for seeing a counselor.

Most counseling processes involve between one and seven sessions with the counselor, but this is determined on a case by case basis.

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